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Date of Message: 1/26/2020

Title of message: In the Company of Kings (1 Samuel 7-8)

Speaker: Tom Burns


Has there ever been a time when you’ve been close to “royalty” (someone famous)?

Set The Tone:

In 1 Samuel 8 we see the Israelites demand a king from Samuel. They looked at the nations around them that had kings and thought they would be better off with a king themselves. We all want kings in our lives. Maybe not in the traditional sense, but in the sense that we look to something or someone else to give us something we want. We look to these kings instead of to God. Tonight, we want to explore what some of our kings our and how we can dethrone them and put Christ back in his rightful place as King. 

  • Identify your king(s)
  • Replace your trust in these kings with trust in the true King
  • Memorialize
  • Repeat

Reflect on the Word/Life:

Read 1 Samuel 8:1 – 18

  • What “kings” have you seen your neighbor serving and wanted to have as your own?
  • Think about the “kings” you have in your life (E.g. politicians, celebrities, education, career, image, adventure, ideology, material “stuff”, family, mentor). What are they? How have they failed you?
  • What things are you hoping the “kings” in your life are going to remove for you?


Read 1 Samuel 7

Read 1 Peter 2: 9-10

We see in 1 Samuel 7 the Israelites doing away with the false Gods and moving toward God. When they then demanded a king in 1 Samuel 8 they were asking for a downgrade from the true king, God.

Most of the things we crown as king are just a part of life. They aren’t going to go away. We cannot simply remove them from the throne, we must replace them with the true King.

  • Is there a “king” that has been dethroned in the past?
  • What king is vying most for your attention today?
  • In order to dethrone that king, we must move toward God.
  • What do you do to avoid God? 
  • What can you do this week to move toward God?
  • How can you memorialize this victory (we’ll assume it’s going to happen…)?