Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Speak, Lord, for Your Servant is Listening" Youth Bible Study on the calling of Samuel


Lesson 4: “Speak, Lord, for Your Servant is Listening”

Discussion Starter: Ask students, When you want to talk to someone, do you just start talking to them, or do you have to do something else first?

You usually have to get someone’s attention before you just start talking to them. Maybe you walk up to them, or you establish eye contact, or you say their name, etc.

Once you have their attention, then you know they’re ready to listen to you and you can talk to them.

Second question: Have any of you ever had God talk to you? What was it like? What did He do to get your attention? (Discuss times when God has clearly spoken to you and what He did to get your attention first.)

Our Bible passage today is about a young man who heard God talking to him.

Bible Study: Read 1 Samuel 3:1-14.

God has a message He wants to tell Samuel – about the punishment He is about to bring on Eli the priest for letting his sons sin against God – but does God just telling Samuel the message?

No, God calls Samuel’s name and waits for Samuel to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” God wants to know that He has Samuel’s attention before He starts talking.

You know, God wants to speak to us too. Each one of us. But He’s waiting to know that we’re paying attention first. He’s waiting for us to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

What do you think are some ways that we can tell God we’re ready to hear Him speaking to us?

You can do it by prayer. Every morning, when you wake up, you can simply say a prayer and say, “God, whatever You want to tell me, whatever You want to teach me today, I’m listening.”

You can do it by reading your Bible. When you sit down and open your Bible, you’re telling God that you’re ready for Him to speak to you and to show you something in His Word.

You can do it by coming to church or youth group or listening to other Christians talk about God. When you listen to people teaching about God, you’re telling God that you’re ready to listen and to learn.

If we want God to talk to us, we have to live a life, we need to have an attitude, that says, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

But did Samuel know that it was God trying to get his attention at first?

No, he thought it was Eli calling him. Verse 7 says that Samuel didn’t know God yet. Eli had to teach him how to listen to God. But after Samuel finally tells God he’s listening, and he hears God talking to him this first time, do you think Samuel will be confused the next time God tries to talk to Him?

Probably not. My guess is that next time God tries to talk to Samuel, Samuel will remember this time and he’ll be ready to listen to God’s message right away.

That’s kind of like us. It might be hard for us to hear God speaking to us right now, but if we get in the habit of listening for God – if we get in the habit of praying and reading our Bibles and listening to other Christians talk and teach us – then it will become easier and easier for us to know and hear when God is speaking to us. We’ll get used to it and will be ready for it when it happens.

Read 1 Samuel 3:15-18.

Did Samuel want to tell Eli what God said to him?

No.

Why not?

Because the message God gave him was against Eli.

But Eli made Samuel tell him the message anyway. Do you think God wanted Samuel to tell Eli the message?

Yes. The things that God tells us, the things that God teaches us, are never just for us. God teaches us things so that we can learn, but also so that we can teach other people.

Can you imagine if a pastor learned all kinds of things about God and the Bible, but then never told anyone else what they had learned? That would be silly.

That’s because when we learn things about God, we’re supposed to help other people learn the same things.

When you learn something about God, don’t just keep it to yourself. Tell other people so that they can learn it too.

Read 1 Samuel 3:19-21.

So, the two points for today are: Listen for God speaking to you. Tell Him you’re ready to hear and to learn. Get in the habit of listening to God. Then, when God teaches you something, or shows you something, tell other people so that they can learn it too.


 

Samuel the PROphet

Lesson 4: “Speak, Lord, for Your Servant is Listening”

Discussion Starter: When you want to talk to someone, what do you have to do?

 

 

Have any of you ever had God talk to you? What was it like? What did He do to get your attention?

 

 

Our Bible passage today is about a young man who heard God talking to him.

 

 

Bible Study: Read 1 Samuel 3:1-14.

 

 

God has a message He wants to tell Samuel – about the punishment He is about to bring on Eli the priest for letting his sons sin against God – but does God just start telling Samuel the message?

 

 

God calls Samuel’s name and ________________ for Samuel to say, “___________________

____________________________________________________________________________.” God wants to know that He has Samuel’s _______________________ before He starts talking.

 

 

God wants to speak to _________ too. But He’s waiting to know that _____________ paying attention first. He’s waiting for _______ to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

 

 

What do you think are some ways that we can tell God we’re ready to hear Him speaking to us?

 

 

But did Samuel know that it was God trying to get his attention at first?

 

After Samuel finally tells God he’s listening, and he hears God talking to him this first time, do you think Samuel will be confused the next time God tries to talk to Him?

 

 

Next time God tries to talk to Samuel, Samuel will remember this time and he’ll be _________ to listen to God’s message right away.

 

 

That’s kind of like us. It might be hard for us to hear God speaking to us right now, but if we get in the ____________ of listening for God – if we get in the habit of praying and reading our Bibles and listening to other Christians talk and teach us – then it will become _____________

_____________________________ for us to know and hear when God is speaking to us. We’ll get used to it and will be ready for it when it happens.

 

 

Read 1 Samuel 3:15-18.

 

 

Did Samuel want to tell Eli what God said to him?

 

 

Why not?

 

 

But Eli made Samuel tell him the message anyway. Do you think God wanted Samuel to tell Eli the message?

 

 

The things that God tells us, the things that God teaches us, are ______________ just for us. God teaches us things so that we can _______________, but also so that we can ___________ other people.

 

Read 1 Samuel 3:19-21.

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