The following discussion questions accompany my message this past weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Ordinary Offerings” on the faith of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1.
- What is the most important gift that you’ve ever given to someone else in your life? Why was it so important?
- We continue our series, “Risky Faith,” this week with a focus on Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel. We will look at 1 Samuel 1:1-28. Read that portion of Scripture out loud.Read More »
This coming weekend at Eastbrook I will begin a new series entitled “Risky Faith.”
When Jesus came into our world, He gave His very life that we might be brought back to God. Jesus does not call people into a comfortable or safe religion. Instead, Jesus beckons His followers into a faith that risks. It is a faith filled with adventure, joy, and surprising possibilities. It is a faith that takes us beyond safety and control into the unknown depths of full life with the living God. It is a life of risky faith that will go where He sends us and do what He calls us to do, no matter the cost.
April 28/29 – “Step Out” – Joshua 1:1-11
May 5/6 – “Ordinary Offerings” – 1 Samuel 1:1-28
May 12/13 – “Walk on the Waves” – Matthew 14:22-36
There’s a well-known worship song that says: “every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise.” While the term ‘blessing’ is often thoughtlessly used, it refers to a deep happiness or gift that God brings into our lives. Hannah, a Hebrew woman we encounter in 1 Samuel, was someone who knew about both receiving God’s blessing and turning it back into praise of His name.
A Hopeful Prayer
Hannah was a barren woman who lamented both her loneliness and shame. In a culture that was built on family and the importance of providing an heir, Hannah was on the outs.Read More »