When God calls your name: Lessons from Samuel
1 Samuel 3:1-4:1
1. Samuel was an answer to prayer
-Hannah prayed for a child
-Samuel the leader was an answer to national prayer
2. Samuel was raised to know God
-Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord
-Samuel grew up worshipping God
-lived in Shiloh, in the temple, the worship center of Israel
-NT example: 1 Timothy 1:5
-Mark 10:13-16 Jesus warmly received children
-Jesus said we must come to him like a little child
3. Samuel was born during a spiritually difficult time
-vs 1 “In those days the word of the Lord was rare…”
-is this possibly like our world today?
4. Samuel was young when he began his personal
relationship with God
-Matthew 18:3 “…unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
5. God spoke to others through Samuel
-Samuel had to deliver terrible news to Eli his mentor
-Do we trust children as much as God trusted Samuel?
-shielding them from bad news may not be necessary
-children already know more than previous generations!
-parents: get ahead of the news, talk with your kids!
-God continued to speak through Samuel as he grew older
-Samuel later replaced Eli, was the last judge before the kings
Lessons from when God called Samuel
1. Prepare to hear from God
-Parents: dedicate your children to the Lord!
Lead your children to know and worship God
-James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you
2. Obey what God says
-God’s will for you will always match what He has already said
-The Bible is our final authority for faith and practice
-James 2:26 “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
-2 Corinthians 5:16 “And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the one who died for them and was raised.”
-John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
-What is God asking you to do? To stop doing?
3. Pursue fresh encounters with God
-Our public profession of faith in Jesus Christ is the first step of
a lifelong spiritual journey!
-Colossians 2:6-7 “So then, just as you have received Christ
Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built
up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught,
and overflowing with gratitude.”
God is calling us all by name!
John 7:37 “…if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and
-are you spiritually thirsty today? Unsatisfied by other answers?
Acts 17:30 “…God now commands all people everywhere
-have you turned and trusted in Jesus with child-like faith?
-Openly declare your faith in Jesus today!
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