This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
From Monday's Reading: 1 Samuel 19:1-7
There was a personal cost to Jonathan’s standing up for David. King Saul, after all, was Jonathan’s father. “This took courage because those in power seldom like to be challenged in their judgment and those who question their decisions are apt to be accused of disloyalty.”* What ways, in your life or those of others, have you found of standing up for what is right while seeking to maintain relationships strained by that stand?
From Tuesday's Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-23
No one wrote this history as we have it until at least after David became king, and perhaps long after his reign. The story didn’t just show a strong friendship. It also revealed that David did not become king by devious maneuvers that cheated Jonathan out of his place as crown prince, but that Jonathan actively stood up for and shielded David. Do you believe how people achieve power or influence matters? Why or why not?
From Wednesday's Reading: 1 Samuel 20:24-33
Despite Saul’s cruel, unreasonable accusations, and even his physical attack, Jonathan didn’t shift to angry charges against his father. He simply kept pressing his stand-up question: “Why should David be executed? What has he done?” Has someone else’s anger ever distracted you from the course you aimed to follow? How can you develop the kind of control and focus that Jonathan showed?
From Thursday's Reading: 1 Samuel 20:35-42
1 Samuel 18:1-4 placed the start of Jonathan’s deep bond with David right after David defeated the Philistine giant Goliath (a feat neither Saul nor Jonathan had attempted). Jonathan specifically named that as he stood up for David (cf. 1 Samuel 19:5). How easy or hard do you find it to honor and remember other people’s successes? How can you learn more about the many ways (too often hidden or ignored) that people of color have made our world better (e.g. the 2016 film Hidden Figures)?
* Kenneth L. Chafin, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volume 8: 1, 2 Samuel. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1983, p. 145.