FBC E-Blast - May 4, 2020
FBC E-Blast

May 4, 2020

Listening with Purpose - I Samuel 3

Let's think about approaching the Bible purposefully, expectantly, and prayerfully.

Christians study the Scriptures not just individually but also corporately to learn more about God and His ways. Underlying this simple concept is a big challenge. To gather biblical knowledge with purpose means determining in our heart to obey what we hear (Psalm 119:33). And to do so expectantly means we believe that the Lord is going to speak specifically to us (Psalm 25:4). Sermons, Sunday school lessons, and quiet times on our own are all things to be anticipated. God uses these to build us up, strengthen us, or offer us comfort — He certainly makes listening to Him worthwhile. And obedience is the only proper response to this kind of personal attention.

Approaching the reading of Scripture prayerfully prepares our hearts to listen well and ushers in an attitude of purpose and expectancy. Today's passage tells the story of young Samuel’s first encounter with God. The priest Eli gives the boy valuable advice—that when the Lord calls, he should say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening" (v. 9). Pray those simple words with conviction before you open your Bible, and you will hear God more clearly.

If you want to experience God working in your life, come to Scripture with a prayerful, expectant, purpose-filled attitude. The mourner will be comforted. The weary will gain strength. Those convicted of their sin will repent and know peace. All will sense joy. Recognize what a gift God’s Word is.

Current Sermon Series
      As we just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, it's good to remember that He is returning. But as we live our lives, we often do so without thought or regard to Christ coming back. His return is imminent. Are we ready for it? Maybe we are not living the way we should be. Join us as we learn what it's like to be Living in Light of Jesus' Return.

Last Week:
      As we continue our series, we skip a head in the book of I Peter to chapter 5. We looked at how we can stand firm in our faith. To stand firm we will need to understand His pattern as well as understand and heed His warning.
      Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will celebrate mothers next week, then we will conclude our series by looking at The Staggering Love of God.

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May 11 - Ladies' Bible Study will begin via Zoom meetings at 7 PM. The books are at the church. To pick them up, please contact pastor Ben to know when you can. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Judy or Lori .

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