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Hannah: A Lesson in Joy

December 10, 2017 Speaker: Drew Bennett Series: Advent 2017: Grace to the Humble

Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1-10; 18-20–2:1-10

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I. SHAME
Why is Hannah so sad – beyond just wanting a child? What is the struggle of her heart?

II. JOY
What changed in Hannah? Was it a mere change in circumstances or something deeper?

III. CHRISTMAS GRACE
How does Christmas help you rejoice, even in hard times?

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does social shaming look like in our day and time? Where have you experienced it?
  2. Are you more Peninnah-like or more Hannah-like?
  3. Americans define happiness as “getting control of your life so that you keep your circumstances favorable.” How is that different than joy? Was Hannah’s joy dependent or independent of her circumstances?
  4. Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10 together. What did Hannah learn about God in her experience with barrenness that allowed her to live with joy?

More in Advent 2017: Grace to the Humble

December 31, 2017

A Lesson in Peace

December 24, 2017

Mary: A Lesson in Love

December 17, 2017

Elizabeth: A Lesson in Hope