ABF Series: 1 Samuel – Lesson 23


In our Adult Bible Fellowships we have observed in our Study of 1 Samuel that God often works in non-overt ways, yet His deliverance is often surprising, and His mercy is immense as He pursues us even and especially when we don’t deserve it.

  1. God often works behind the scenes…do we have eyes to see and reverence God at work, the God revealed in scripture?
  2. God’s ways are not our ways…His deliverance will usually look different than ours…His deliverance includes turning away from self-sufficiency and idolatry and His deliverance brings Him glory
  3. God’s mercy is vast and He lavishes it on us…He pursues us in goodness and loving kindness…we must respond in praise, seeking instruction from Him recognize He is seeking to show us mercy.


1 Samuel 30 – God’s Strength and Sovereign Grace

In preparation for our lesson on Sunday please read the section listed above and observe what stands out to you in the narrative. How do you see God’s grace manifested in this chapter? Please also read these verses to cross reference: Psalm 30:2, John 16:33, Nahum 1:7, Heb 4:14-16, John 1:16 

Also, please think about the following discussion questions:

  1. What is the difference between weeping in your distress and strengthening yourself in the Lord?
  2. What are practical ways you strengthen yourself in the Lord and remind yourself of His promises and His character?
  3. How does seeing seemingly random or somewhat mundane acts as part of God’s sovereign plan help you in your daily walk with the Lord?

For meditation:

For, behold, Your enemies, O Lord, For, behold, Your enemies will perish; All who do iniquity will be scattered.” (Psalm 92:9)

The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”” (Psalm 110:1)

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Dustin Folden
Pastor Dustin Folden and his wife Trisha joined the Pastoral Staff in 2010. They have two children, Sawyer and Mackenna who absolutely love children’s ministries, mostly because of the singing and snacks. Pastor Folden shepherds the 9:30 worship service, oversees the Adult Bible Fellowship ministry, as well as serves in the Biblical Counseling Ministries.