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Mt. Rose MBC and its Mt. Seriah campus have resumed "in-person" worship services.  However, be advised that given health officials' guidance during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,  we are maintaining social distancing by family groups, and all members of the congregation are asked to wear masks.  Other church programs and activities will continue to be held via telephone and video conferencing until further notice.  This includes a telephone conference for Bible Study/Sunday School on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Pastor

Rev. (Dr.) John D. Harris

 

We are so delighted and blessed that you are visiting our website.  Thank God for this opportunity to welcome you to our fellowship. 

 

If you are looking for a church in the Brenham community, our doors are always open to you.  This is truly a place where you can grow and build in the Kingdom of God.

If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, allow us the opportunity to introduce you to Him so that you can enjoy an abundant life here and eternally. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit our site often for Christian inspiration for living, highlights, calendar events, Bible information, etc.  Our goal is to communicate the Word of God and provide the opportunity for members to use their spiritual gifts to minister to people in need and make disciples for Christ.

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Teleconference Bible Study Lesson - "Israel Demands a King"
Scripture - I Samuel 8:1 - 11 (July 15th @ 7:00 p.m., CDT)
   
To Participate Via Audio:  Dial 605-562-0400 or 712-832-8330,
Then Enter PIN 1993293#
Time Period:  1043 B.C.
Place:  Ramah
GOLDEN TEXT:  "The Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them" (I Samuel 8:7).
INTRODUCTION

"Be careful what you wish for" is an old adage that poignantly pertains to our golden text for this week.

 

The judge at this time was Samuel.  He had ruled Israel for many years and was also a priest and a prophet.  But now Samuel had become very old, and his two sons, Joel and Abiah, were corrupt and evil men who used the office of judge as a means to plunder the possessions of those they were sworn to serve.  So the people had come to Samuel to complain and demand a solution.

 

Their solution was to demand a king so they could be like the nations all around them!  What a simplistic, wrongheaded idea!  They were demanding a mere mortal king who would be subject to fear, weakness, and all sorts of corruption.

 

Samuel was very much offended by the people's demands on him.  He took the sting of their rejection personally.

 

But God spoke to Samuel and redirected his thoughts.  Yahweh reassured him that the people had by no means rejected him; their rejection was directed wholly at Him, the Lord God.  It was His rulership that they had rejected, and God was going to give them exactly what they wanted along with a large helping of the misery Samuel had warned them about.  God was about to teach His people a painful lesson.

 

PRACTICAL POINTS

1.  Leaders must teach their children to obey God's Word (I Sam. 8:1-2).

 

2.  Parents must discipline children who choose a lifestyle of ungodliness (vs. 3).

 

3.  The ungodly will walk away from God's leadership in exchange for the world's system of government (vss. 4-5).

 

4.  Believers need to pray and seek God's perfect will for their lives (vss. 6-9).

 

5.  The price of going your own way in defiance of God is ruinously high (vss. 10-11).

 

6.  If it serves His purposes, God will grant our request even when we disobey Him (vss. 18-20).

 

RESEARCH AND DISCUSSION

1.  How do you think God felt when Israel refused to stay under His leadership (vss. 6-8)?

 

2.  Why is it impossible for believers to have intimate fellowship with unbelievers (cf. II Cor. 6:14)?

 

3.  Why was Israel's desire to be under a king's rule disrespectful to God (I Sam. 8:7-8)?

 

4.  Why did God allow Israel to have an imperfect form of government under a king?

 

5.  What happens when believers turn a deaf ear to God's Word (I Sam. 8:19)?

 

6.  How has God been merciful to you when you disobeyed Him (cf. I John 1:9)?

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