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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 - February 2017

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.

Video DVDs of these lessons can be ordered here and here.

To view all video Bible studies in the 1st and 2nd Samuel series, click here.

To listen to this series as a podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software.
www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2015-12samuel.xml
 
Tue, Nov 29, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Duration: 59 mins 50 secs
Did you know that as long as we are alive we will deal with problems caused by people? Listen to this lesson to learn that as believers we are to show impersonal love even to people who are treating us unfairly. Hear the story of how Jonathan and David dealt with King Saul’s attempt to murder David. See that God has a purpose for people testing in our life. Find out the steps we need to take to learn to love our enemies and bless those who curse us.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:6-17
Duration: 56 mins 40 secs
Will we see our enemies who treat us unjustly get punished? Listen to this lesson to see that we must learn to trust God and have confidence that He will dispense justice whether we see it or not. Find out that God always provides for believers no matter what the circumstances. Learn what wrath means and whether it involves emotion. Remember that no matter what happens to us we are to turn to God and trust Him.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:1-5
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 55 secs
Have you ever been in a terrible spot in your life and felt so sorry for yourself you wanted to throw a pity party? Listen to this lesson to learn that David was in a seemingly hopeless situation, but he turned his lament into a psalm of praise to God. Find out that when facing troubles we need to remember that God is all-powerful and we need to trust Him. Learn what an imprecatory prayer is and whether or not we should pray like this.
Tue, Nov 08, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:1-17
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 7 secs
When you’re under pressure or in difficult times what should you do? Listen to this lesson to learn that it’s a good idea to turn to the book of Psalms in the Scriptures. One important one is Psalm 59, which was written by David and is called a lament psalm. Find out six characteristics of a lament psalm and how God ridicules evil doers. In order to better understand the psalm, it is important to see its context and structure to help us apply the principles to our own life.
Tue, Nov 01, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 49 secs
Hear about an unusual event in the Old Testament when God protected David from Saul who was attempting to have him assassinated. See how David respected Saul’s evil authority and how Jonathan, Saul’s son, disobeyed his father when Saul was giving orders to have David killed. Find out what happened when Saul sent soldiers to kill David and how the Holy Spirit protected David by distracting his enemies by having them prophesy and what that involved. Understand that just as God protected David we are under His protection when we face danger.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 18:17-30
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 4 secs
How do you handle evil, cranky people filled with mental attitude sins without it affecting you? Listen to this lesson to learn how David suffered from King Saul’s murderous rage and jealousy but learned to trust God. See how the sin cycle can affect us and lead to fear and hatred in our own thinking. Hear several psalms, some written by David, that show how we can trust God when we are afraid and apply them to our own circumstances.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 18:1-30
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 8 secs
Do you have peace and happiness even when circumstances are not good? Listen to this lesson to hear how David understood that what counted was God’s protection. See how King Saul grew jealous of David and then became angry and fearful and sought to get rid of him. Realize that our happiness does not depend on what is happening in our life or to our country but is based on confidence in God, knowing that we can rejoice in the midst of the worst circumstances.

During this class Dr. Dean mentioned an article entitled Warming Alarmists Redefine What a Hurricane is so We'll Have More of Them.

Tue, Oct 11, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 17:40-54
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 17 secs
When everything seemed the darkest in Israel’s history, David, prepared by God, walked on the scene with five stones and a slingshot. Listen to this lesson to see how everything changed in the blink of an eye and Goliath was dead and the Philistines defeated. Find out that David was the aggressor because he knew that the battle was the Lord’s. Learn four basic principles from David’s victory and see that when you’re doing God’s will, He will always protect you.
Tue, Oct 04, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 17:12-39
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 52 secs
Are you really committed to becoming the best you can be as a believer? Listen to this lesson to learn that God is not pleased with mediocre Christians who live no differently than unbelievers. Hear about five tests that David underwent that prepared him to be a champion who could defeat Goliath. See that the only way to mature spiritually is to listen to word-by-word expositional teaching of the Word of God. Ask yourself how you are facing tests designed by God to prepare you to handle whatever comes in your life.

Dr. Dean referenced an important article on AmericanThinker.com entitled The Death of Evangelicalism during this class.

Tue, Sep 27, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 17:12-39
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 15 secs
Are you a champion for God? Listen to this lesson to learn that God gives every Christian the resources to become a mature believer. Hear the true story of how God prepared a perfect event for David, a young Jewish man, to face Goliath, a nine-and-a-half-foot Philistine warrior. Hear about the tests that David faced to become a champion and see how God has prepared tests for each of us to face in our lives. Understand that everything that happens to us is designed for a purpose and goes back to a spiritual issue.