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A Mini-Series is a small subset of lessons from a major series which covers a particular subject or book. The class numbers will be in reference to the major series rather than the mini-series.

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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)

1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)

February 2015 - April 2018

It is from the words of a young David in 1 Samuel 17:37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”, that we derive the central theme for this study of 1st and 2nd Samuel, THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’s.
We all face overwhelming circumstances in our life and the only thing that can give us strength to overcome those horrific circumstances is a realization that it is not by our might or power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the only way that we can overcome and address the challenges that we have in life.

Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.

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Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:9-12 & 1 Chronicles 15:1-16
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 33 secs

What does it mean to genuinely worship God in our church services? Listen to this message to see that the New Testament does not lay out rules or specify what we must do like the Old Testament did for the Jews. Hear several definitions of worship and see that they have common ground in expressing reverence and adoration for God. Find out that these services can include music, scripture reading, prayer, and Bible study and should leave us more aware of God’s incomprehensible greatness after we have attended. Learn that we should prepare ourselves for worship and have a mental attitude that expresses respect for God.

Tue, Apr 17, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:9-12 & 1 Chronicles 15:1-16
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 33 secs
Does it matter what type of music we have in churches? Listen to this message to learn that music is not designed to make us feel happy but that there are definite standards set out in the Bible. See that the word “worship” has nothing to do with how we feel, but rather means we are to submit to God’s will. Review how David had certain priests be responsible for the music and that it was done in an orderly, organized, and structured way. Find out three things that should be known concerning music in a church.
Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:9-12 & 1 Chronicles 15:1-16
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 7 secs
“Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!” Listen to this message to learn that God is to be feared and we are to treat Him with awe and great respect. See how David learned his lesson when his first attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem ended so disastrously. Find out how his second attempt followed the protocols revealed by God and ended in a tremendous celebration. Hear several principles of corporate worship and the place of music in worship. Accept that worship is not about how we feel but must always be all about God.
Tue, Apr 03, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:9-12
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 14 secs
Does it matter how we worship God as long as we’re sincere? Listen to this lesson to learn that God must be worshipped His way, that He is always in control, and that His mandates must be followed explicitly. Hear several episodes where God took the lives of people who tried to do things their way. See that God is outside of our comprehension and we can only understand Him through His revealed Word. Things are going to go God’s way and we need to stand in absolute awe and submit to His righteousness and justice.
Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 9 secs
Have you ever had a special charm that you wished would bring you luck? Listen to this lesson to hear how the people of Israel tried to use the Ark of God as their “rabbit’s foot”. Learn what a phenomenal piece of ancient furniture this was and how God gave explicit directions for how it was to be constructed and cared for. Hear about a number of events involving the Ark of God that occurred, some of which involved God’s judgment because the people showed disrespect. Find out David’s plans for bringing the Ark of God to Jerusalem but how he did not follow God’s instruction to carry it on poles and it resulted in the death of one man. Learn from these examples that God is a righteous, holy God and does not need any help.
Tue, Mar 20, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:5-25
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 20 secs
What lessons can we learn from King David as He begins to take over ruling Israel? Listen to this message to see that David was obedient to God’s instructions on how to rule, unlike King Saul. See why David chose Jerusalem for the capital of the country, recognizing that it was there that Abraham had obeyed the Lord. Find out David’s two areas of weakness and how they impacted his life in many negative ways. Learn why polygamy was never approved by God. Accept that just as it was God who promoted David, He is working out His plans in our lives today.
Tue, Mar 06, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 29 secs
Great cities have come and gone over the course of human history but one city has a distinction above all others. It is God’s favorite city and its name is Jerusalem. Listen to this lesson to hear the fascinating true story of how this ancient city in Israel is unique from all other cities. Trace the first mention of Jerusalem in the Old Testament and follow its course until the time when David was king. See how he gave his military incentives to capture it from the Jebusites. See the details of its geography and water supply and how it changed over the years. Marvel that Jerusalem is the center of God’s plan of salvation for the human race and that His plans for the city will be fulfilled.
Tue, Feb 27, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:1-4
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 21 secs
Do you feel uncertain about the future in the chaotic times in which we live? Listen to this lesson to hear a reassuring glimpse into God’s master plan for the human race. See that He has made complete provision for us, His sheep, and that He is our Shepherd. See that the example of what a leader should be is that of a shepherd who protects and feeds his sheep. Learn that we are fed by the Word of God. Hear the prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, as they describe the false shepherds of Israel whose neglect caused the sheep to be scattered. Find out that in the New Testament Jesus Christ is called the Good Shepherd who always cares for believers in every way.
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 5:1
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 16 secs
Since the Bible says that Christians have their citizenship in Heaven, does that mean we shouldn’t be involved in politics in our nation? Listen to this lesson to learn ten reasons why Christians have a responsibility to perform the duties of a citizen. Keep in mind that God instituted human government. See why we are commanded to pray for our leaders. Learn the importance of family in the Bible and the phrase “my bone and my flesh”. Find out three reasons why Israel was ready to accept David as their leader.
Tue, Feb 13, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 4:1-12
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 37 secs
What makes people fall apart and act in devastating ways that cause havoc? Listen to this lesson to hear how two Israelites went into panic mode and tried to curry David’s favor by beheading King Ishbosheth and bringing the head to David. See how David reacted because he was waiting for God to promote him. Find out about a prophecy that said Israel’s rulers would come from the tribe of Judah, including the Messiah. Learn about four possible meanings for the word “Shiloh” and which one is the most probable. Understand that just like David, we don’t need to force things to happen in our lives but we need to take care of the responsibilities we have and let God bring His plans for us to pass at the right time.