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May 8, 2017

Listening With Purpose - I Samuel 3

We need to learn to hear the Word with eagerness and attentiveness. Now, 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.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      In a world that's hyper-focused on the here and now, we're called to build something lasting. Through this four-part series, we hopt to learn to create a legacy that stands the test of time. With messages on raising Godly children, saving and giving with purpose, and lasting faith, Outlasters prepares the church to see beyond daily thrills and things to the plan God has for our future. This series will begin May 21.

Last Week:
      As we close this series, we see Peter make a couple of mistakes. 1) He underestimated his own weakness. 2) He followed Jesus at a distance. But He did learn afterwards that success is not final as well as that failure is not fatal.
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Next Week:
      We will be celebrating Mother's Day. We hope that you will come worship with us.

Upcoming Events

May 13, 2017 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM
                        Ladies' Mother's Day Dinner at the Oasis Pasta House at 3 PM. If you are planning on going, please sign up for it in the foyer

May 21, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM

June 4, 2017 - Carry In Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship Service

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