On this rainy Sunday morning, this blogger was delighted to find Pastor Giardino introducing Brother Bob Brado as our adult Sunday school teacher. Bob Brado is the Director of North Star Bible Institute, which provides classes in the Bible and theology.
The topic Brother Brado chose to speak on was the Life of Samuel. For our lesson, he worked his way through select verses in I Samuel chapters 2 and 3. The following points were made during the lesson:
- A child can be a minister before the Lord, even before God calls them to service, just like with Samuel as a child.
- We need to teach our children to respond to God given authority, just as Samuel would run to Eli’s commands.
- It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to hear from God and to open the Bible and read. We should hold their hand through the process.
- If you are a new believer in Christ, it is best to be quiet and listen.
- The Spirit illuminates the Word, so don’t quench the Spirit with sin in your life.
- Eli was training his replacement in Samuel. We likewise should be training our replacements in the ministry.
- We need to take care of what God reveals to us through his Word.
- If you don’t listen to what the Lord tells you, your eyes will “wax dim”, just as Eli declined spiritually.
- If we don’t read the Word of God, we will lose our edge, lose our ability to discern between good and evil, and will starve spiritually.
- If your children are doing something contrary to the will of God, you should at least say something and attempt to rebuke and reprove. Eli, regarding his children’s sin, “restrained them not”.
- Just like Samuel, we need to discern between the voice of the Lord and the voice of man.
- The bible can be a mirror, teaching you how you must change.
Brother Brado, at one point, joyfully held up his bible and said, “It’s not the latest and greatest, it’s the oldest and the best”, exclaiming that the Word of God is the only advice we need for our lives. As Bob left the pulpit with a prayer, Pastor Giardino stepped forward with an important point. Pastor G. said that Bob Brado’s teaching was an “excellent example of expository teaching.” He continued saying “the Word of God is being displaced by visions and feelings” and reminded us that “God reveals himself to you by the Word of God” and no other way. (Note: This blogger later asked and learned that “expository teaching” is a method of instruction that presents a clear, comprehensive meaning to biblical passages by going through and explaining verse by verse.)