Villains really believe that what they’re doing is good. For them.

Notes And Next Steps

1 Samuel 13:5-14 + Part 1 of the series “Becoming The Villain"


Sometimes we fear what we don’t need to fear, but we don’t know that.

God isn’t trying to spook or scare you.

Saul was scared of the Philistines. (1 Samuel 13:5-7)

“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” (1 Samuel 13:13,14)

Do you believe God is stronger than …

See what happens when God is the thick glass?


What should you be looking at through the thick glass that is God?

Discussion Questions

  1. What should you be looking at through the thick glass that is God? 
  2. When we see power and authority in this world, we might not be looking at God’s promises but earthly solutions to our problems. How does 1 Samuel 8:9 apply?
  3. Describe an appropriate fear. One that God would approve.
  4. What teaching in James 3:16,17 gives both a warning and a promise?
  5. Write a prayer for this week and say it every day. Highlight insights from today’s message.