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Sermon Audio: One Thing You CAN Control


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

One Thing You CAN Control

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

It goes without saying that there’s a lot that comes at us in life that is completely out of our control. That’s a given. But no matter how bad the situation we’re faced with, there is always “One Thing You CAN Control.”

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

1 Samuel 1

Take Away / Application

Regardless of what life throws my way, there’s always one thing I can influence and control and that is…my response.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Read 1 Samuel 1:1–20.
  2. When faced with a problem, how does it tend to affect you physically and spiritually?
  3. When you face problems, criticism, or are provoked; how do you typically respond?
  4. The box in your notes that says, “If you are living for Christ, you can expect folks to criticize, but you ought to live so nobody will believe them?” Read Matthew 26:59–62, John 18:33–38, Luke 23:33–34. What can we learn from Jesus’ response on trial, with Pilate, and at the cross?
  5. Based on Jesus’ example how can you begin to apply Philippians 2:5–8?
  6. The Bible speaks to our response to many situations: anger (Ephesians 4:26), sin, forgiveness, living peaceably with others (Romans 12:18), honoring others, praying for your enemy (Matthew 5:44)… Come up with more examples and look up Scripture to learn about our biblical response.
  7. Read James 4:8. The next time life throws something difficult your way, how will live out this verse?
  8. Read 1 Samuel 1:10. How often, intense and reliant are you on prayer? How is your prayer life? Are you spending quality time in prayer with the Lord?


What have you learned from your time in the Bible this week? How is it impacting your daily life?


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Scripture Reference

1 Samuel


Control, Reaction, Response, Self-Control