When it comes to who God uses in life, he’s more interested in what’s on the inside than what’s on the outside.

Key Points:

  • God uses a different scorecard for choosing people. 1 Samuel 16:7
  • God is looking for people who are looking for him. 1 Samuel 16:11
  • God intentionally uses underdogs and unknowns to work through. 1 Samuel 16:12
  • Whatever God requires he empowers. 1 Samuel 16:13

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1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Do you know anyone who has a heart condition? What did they have to do about it?
  3. If you had to describe your spiritual heart condition toward God right now, which description best fits you and why? (Dead, cool, cold, distance, lukewarm, warming up, hot.)
  4. Read 1 Samuel 16:6and share a time when you evaluated someone based on outward appearance only and discovered that you were wrong about them.
  5. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 and share why you think God uses ordinary people so much.
  6. Why do you think God uses a different scorecard than we do? What qualities or characteristics are on his scorecard?
  7. Read 1 Samuel 16:7 and share why people so often evaluate a person by the outside.
  8. God is looking for people who are looking for him. What was going on in your life when you started looking for God?
  9. Has God ever surprised you by using you in a way you didn’t expect? Explain.
  10. When God chooses to work through us, he also gives us the power to do his will. In what ways would you like for God to help you and empower you more?
  11. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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