February 2015 - April 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, Jan 05, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 9:1-25
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 9 secs
Tall, dark, and handsome! In other words, a perfect king. Listen to this lesson to learn that while Saul seemed to have everything going for him, he was not the king that would prosper Israel. Find out that outward appearances can be deceiving and it’s what a person is like inside that counts. See the comparisons between Samuel and Saul. Learn about how spiritually dense Saul was. For your own life, realize that what you think will make you happy and fulfilled may not be God’s answer for the plan for your life.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8-15
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 25 secs
Can we trust our inner desires to bring us happiness? Listen to this lesson to see that our wants are not always what’s best for us. Gain an overview of the life of Saul, the king that God permitted for Israel even though he was not what they needed. See a broader use of the term prophecy. Find out three validating events concerning Saul’s choice as king. Learn about an event that reveals Saul’s character flaws when he disobeys Samuel. Remember from the reign of Saul that God is pleased with those who learn His Word and obey it.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8:6-22
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 15 secs
What did God do to protect His creation? Listen to this lesson to hear about Divine institutions established by God that would allow mankind to live successfully. See that Israel wanted a change in government after they had created a cultural mess by rejecting God. Observe why a literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation is necessary to understand God’s sovereignty. See the biblical meaning of evil. From Israel’s example, learn not to substitute anything for God in your own life.
Tue, Dec 01, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8
Duration: 55 mins 8 secs
What is the most serious responsibility given to government? Listen to this lesson to learn that capital punishment for those who commit murder was delegated to human governments. See that God instituted government and learn seven points about it. Learn the importance of not protecting people from their own mistakes and sins but allowing them to fail. Find out about our dual citizenship and our responsibilities, especially in this time of our country’s decline.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 41 secs
“But everyone else is doing it, Mom.” Most kids use this line to try to get their way at some time. Listen to this lesson to learn that the people in ancient Israel asked the prophet Samuel for a king so they could be like the other nations. Understand that God instituted government and that its success depends on a responsible, moral people and their leaders. Hear the requirements for choosing the right leader and find out the importance of a righteous value system to modern civilization. Apply principles of the Bible as you exercise your right to choose our leaders.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8
Duration: 58 mins 46 secs
What does the Bible say about human government? Listen to this lesson to learn that God instituted government for two basic functions but that unbelieving mankind corrupts it for its own selfish aims. Learn that our founders followed biblical principles and stressed that the preservation of our country depended on integrity. See that Israel’s government was a theocracy but the people wanted a human king. Understand that as believers we need to seek leaders who understand freedom.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 1-7
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 12 secs
If you’re looking for help in studying the Bible, listen to this lesson. Go through the different sections of Samuel seeing what you can learn about four aspects: what does this section say about God, what does it say about man, what does it say about salvation, and what does it say about problem solving? Focusing on these questions, see important truths about how God is always working in human history. Much like our land today, Israel in those days was suffering from the outcome of their wrong decisions, but we see that God did not desert them. Hear promises from God’s Word that we can apply to our lives today.
Tue, Nov 03, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 7:4-17
Duration: 59 mins 55 secs
Whoops! You’ve done it again. You’re a Christian and you’ve disobeyed God. Now what? Listen to this lesson to hear how confessing our sins to God can turn us back to the right path for our life. See what Samuel told the Israelites they needed to do to get serious about trusting God. Learn the significance of the water at Mizpah and of Samuel’s burnt offering for the people. Find out how God won the battle for them against the Philistines. When you’ve failed, realize that you are to confess your sin and walk by means of the Holy Spirit, abiding in Him again.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 7:2-4 & 2 Corinthians 7:8-11
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 2 secs
Have you ever tried to pull the wool over God’s eyes? Impossible, isn’t it? When you know you’ve done something wrong, what should you do? Listen to this lesson to learn the meaning of confession of sin. See the relationship between confession, regret, remorse, and repentance. Understand that the goal is not to feel bad over what you’ve done but to change from spiritual disobedience to spiritual obedience. See that there are two options when we sin. We can either grieve and lament or we can admit our sin and turn back to God and recover our spiritual life.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2
Duration: 58 mins 48 secs
Triumph turned to tragedy and horror. That’s the story of what happened to the Philistines when they thought they had conquered God. Learn how God handled them with dire consequences tinged with humor. See how they turned in desperation to their demonic gods for answers and sent the Ark back to Israel. Learn six aspects of the holiness of God and what God means when He tells us to be holy for He is holy. Begin to think more precisely about the holiness of God and realize its implications for your own life.