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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.

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Tue, Jul 12, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 15:1-11 & Deuteronomy 20
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 43 secs
What instructions did God give to Israel when they went to war? Listen to this lesson to learn that the priests were to tell the military about the terms of warfare. See that not all war was to destroy civilizations, but only those people who had flaunted God’s grace for many, many years were to be utterly annihilated. Hear how Samuel told King Saul that God was the ultimate authority. Learn from this lesson that when things are not going right in our lives we need to keep our eyes on God and His character.
Tue, Jul 05, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 15 & Joshua 8
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 27 secs
What can we learn from the conquest of the land when the Israelites were entering under Joshua’s command? See that archaeologists have located many of the sites of these battles. Hear about some of the controversy that occurs in deciding on an exact location. See that the wars that destroyed evil civilizations were a part of God’s sovereign plan and had to be carried out in strict accordance with His justice and righteousness. Learn about how one man sinned and 36 of the military were killed in battle. See that sin in our life must be dealt with by confession.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 15 & Joshua
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 53 secs
Are Christians supposed to destroy evil? Listen to this lesson to hear that God does not authorize individual acts of violence against evil people. Learn how God, under the principle of charam, used the Israelites to remove evil civilizations from the Promised Land. Learn how the archeological studies done in the site where Jericho was located substantiates what the Scripture says and can give us confidence in the Word of God.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 15
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 23 secs
Does God ever call for a holy war such as the Crusades? Listen to this lesson to learn that for a certain period of time after the Jews were given their land God authorized certain evil groups of people whose sins defiled the land to be destroyed under a principle called charam. See how this warfare differs from the Islamic belief of jihad. Find out that believers today are to engage in spiritual warfare with the same determination to root evil out of their own lives.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 14:46-15:4
Duration: 59 mins 14 secs
Was King Saul of Israel a thoroughly bad king? Listen to this lesson to hear that he was a good king in certain ways when he protected the people and secured the borders of his country. On the other hand he, like so many believers, compromised with his sin nature and became blind to his own faults. He wanted to write his own rules and not obey God’s authority. See Samuel’s condemnation of this attitude and how he ordered Saul to kill the Amalekites. Understand that God desires us to obey Him and respect His authority more than outward shows of worship.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 14:15-46
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 46 secs
Have you ever done or said something foolish? Listen to this lesson to learn that all of us are guilty of this at times but with King Saul it became a way of life when he failed to obey God. Continue hearing about the battle of Michmash and how Saul’s son, Jonathan, trusted the Lord and took initiative. Learn about Jonathan’s faithful armor bearer and how they won the battle. See the consequences of Saul’s foolish oath and how Jonathan accidentally disobeyed it. When you’re facing difficult decisions in your life, remember that the battle is the Lord’s. Human circumstances don’t deter Him and He will take care of all your needs.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 13:14-14:15
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 42 secs
If you enjoy studying warfare, this lesson is for you. Listen to hear about a battle between the Israelites and Philistines in a rugged area where King Saul tried to seek deliverance through religious observance but his son Jonathan focused on spiritual truth. Learn that there is no problem too big for the grace of God and that the battle is the Lord’s. Find out the meaning of a “man according to God’s own heart”. As we face our own battles in a pagan nation, we can learn to engage and defeat our spiritual enemy by trusting God and focusing on His Word.
Tue, Apr 05, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 13:1-15
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 38 secs
What do the battles in the Old Testament have to do with us? Listen to this lesson to learn that they stand for the spiritual warfare we face in our own lives. Follow what happened to King Saul when he engaged in a battle with the Philistines and how the people panicked and hid in caves and anywhere they could find a hole. See that Saul also panicked and refused to wait for the Lord, offering a sacrifice outside the will of God. Hear the punishment Samuel announces on Saul for this act of disobedience. Understand that we are to obey God out of love for Him, and not in legalism.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 12:14-25
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 20 secs
"Why is God letting this happen to me?” Listen to this lesson to see how Samuel reminds the Israelites of the children of Israel who complained and rebelled against God when they were traveling from Egypt to the Promised Land. Hear about seven of these events and how God punished them. Learn that whining against God shows they were not willing to trust and obey Him. Understand that Samuel tells them they are to confess their sin of rebellion and turn back in obedience and they will be blessed again. See that when we whine and complain we, too, are rebelling against God and that the answer is always obedience to Him.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 12:14-25
Duration: 55 mins 50 secs
When things go wrong in our lives, are we ever justified in blaming God? Listen to this lesson to learn that God gives us the freedom to choose and when we choose the wrong things, we will suffer the consequences. Learn the difference between God’s revealed will and His permissive will. See that it is only through learning God’s Word that we gain the wisdom to make right decisions. Find out how the Israelites in the Old Testament failed God. See that sometimes God gives us what we ask for so we can learn that the details of life cannot satisfy us.