Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.
Put yourself in Saul’s place. How would you have felt during the celebration? How should Saul have felt about David’s success?
Has there ever been a time you were jealous of someone? How did you respond to your jealousy?
Why does it hurt when other people compare us to something or someone they think is better? What are some action steps we can take to guard against that hurt?
What areas of your life are you tempted to be jealous of? How can you guard against those feelings?
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
Bob Goff writes, “We’ll never be like Jesus if it’s more important to us to be like each other.” Who is someone in your life that you need to stop comparing yourself to?
Discussion Questions for Kids
A couple of weeks ago we talked about Israel’s envy of other nations – what did they want? (1 Samuel 8:4-5). This week we are looking at Saul’s jealousy of David. While envy and jealousy are similar, in that both make us feel inadequate, they are different. Jealousy is a feeling or suspicion someone’s trying to take what you have.
How did the Israelites celebrate David’s victory over Goliath? (1 Samuel 18:6-7)
Why was Saul jealous of David (1 Samuel 18:8, 12)? Have you ever been jealous of someone or are there areas in your life that cause jealousy?
How did Saul try to fix his jealousy? (1 Samuel 18:13, 17) What was the result of Saul’s plan? (1 Samuel 18:14-17). What are some things we can do to battle jealousy in our lives? How should we respond?