NextLevel Online: 1 Samuel

Session 4: Samuel Hears the LORD (1 Samuel 3)

Session 4, what authorizes anyone to speak on behalf of God?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Thoughts:

  • The audacity of speaking on behalf of God…

  • 1 Samuel 3 in context –

    • Historical Context –

    • Literary Context –

Qualifications to Speak

  • Note the absence of normal qualifications…

  • Samuel has the right to speak words for God because…

  • She has the right to speak who has first listened to his Voice. He has the right to proclaim who has first heard God’s Word.


  • Mind your ______________________.

  • Mind your ______________________.

  • Listen to ______________________.

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • Have you ever sensed God communicating directly with you? What was that like? What did he say? What did you do?

  • How would you recognize God’s voice if he did communicate directly with you? What would be the signs that it was him?

  • What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever said to a person? If you were Samuel, on a scale of 1 to 10 how hesitant would you have been to deliver this message?

  • Spend some time prayerfully repeating the phrase “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” and write down anything you think you hear.

  • How much effort do you put into listening to the voice of God?

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