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"Before I Go to Cell Group" - Dan Burmeister, Lead Pastor

In the Company of Kings

February 23, 2020

Dan Burmeister



Welcome opening question:

Who was your best friend as a kid, and why?



Memorizing Psalm 34:8-10:

On Sunday, Dan challenged us to memorize Psalm 34:8-10 (ESV). Take 5-10 minutes at the start of group to split into two’s and see if you can begin memorizing a line or two together. See if you can all commit to learning this verse for Sunday and for group next week. Here it is:


Psalm 34:8-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

  for those who fear him have no lack!

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

  but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


  • Our goal for the group today is to ask ourselves if there is anything or anyone that threatens us?
  • If so, what path do we choose: the Lord’s path, our own path in contrast to God’s, or the path of self-protection, as in today’s passage?



Read 1 Samuel 18-20:

In this passage we learn different ways people can respond to threats:

Jonathan chose to do what was right as opposed to what would benefit him.

Saul let jealousy and selfish ambition rule his actions.

Michal put self-preservation ahead of God’s plan.

David, like Jonathan, chose to do what was right, honoring and respecting God’s chosen king.


  • Have you ever let feelings/anxiety/fear/pride lead your actions? It’s difficult not to!
  • Would you say there is anything/anyone you feel threatened by?
  • What does this threat reveal about your heart?
  • Was there a time when you felt threatened and someone came to your aid? If so, tell us about it.



Repent/believe/change:

  • Has there ever been a time when you were asked/required to support a person God is using, and you were thinking, ‘I should have this job, I should be the one in charge, I was supposed to be the one, I could do it better!’? (as opposed to the way Jonathan behaved)
  • Have you ever been angry with a ‘David’ in your life, but you were really angry with yourself? (like Saul)
  • Were you ever SO threatened that you panicked and went into self-protection mode, deciding you would do whatever it took to avoid the danger of the threat? (like Michal)
  • Did you ever choose to act in an honorable and respectful way, and let the situation just play out, while trusting God? (like David)
  • Did you ever have a sense of God’s will, and vehemently oppose it, and talk with God honestly about your feelings, and then allow Him to have His way anyway? (like Jesus)
  • What are we so afraid of anyway? Why do we feel threatened?