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FBC E-Blast - May 9, 2018
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May 9, 2018

Listening With Purpose - I Samuel 3

We need 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
      Words are powerful. They can beat us down and lift us up. They wound and they heal. And the right words at the right time can be exactly what we need to hear - or what we need to say. Let’s find the right words in a new series, My Big Fat Mouth. We will start this series May 20, 2018


Last Week:
      We looked at what biblical baptism is. It does not save us. It is an ordinance from the Lord, which expresses the believer's union with Christ. It is biblically done by immersion, and in the name of the Trinity of God.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      Next week, we will be celebrating Mother's Day, please join us!




Upcoming Events


May 12 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.
                Ladies' Luncheon at the Church at noon.


May 20 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM


May 27 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering after AM Worship Service


June 3 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner


June 10 - Special Speaker Silas Thomson, Missionary to Mongolia will be with us this day


June 10-14 - Vacation Bible School. It is for ages 4-12, and will run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.




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