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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, 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.
Tue, Oct 06, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 5:3-12
Duration: 58 mins 53 secs
Caution! Parts of this lesson may be offensive to those who insist all religious beliefs should be treated with equal respect. Listen to learn that when the Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines they rejoiced in triumph which soon turned to terror. God showed His superiority by wreaking havoc on their god, Dagon, and sending humiliating and painful tumors which decimated the population wherever the Ark was taken. As we face the problems in the world today, we need to remember to relax because God is always in control and is bringing His ultimate plans to pass.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 5:1-2
Duration: 57 mins 57 secs
Why should we learn about the events that happened long ago in ancient Israel? Listen to this lesson to hear about a time when it looked like God had been defeated. See how the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. Find out where they took the Ark and how discouraged the people of Israel became. Learn four things that this defeat showed about how God works in human history. When we feel God has let us down and that doctrine doesn’t work for us, see that we need to confess our sins and make God the centerpiece of our life.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 4:5-22
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 46 secs
If you’re a fan of true battle stories you’ll want to listen to this lesson to learn about a battle that determined Israel’s future for many years. Find out that when they lost the first skirmish, they decided to take the Ark of the Covenant with them as a good luck charm. Learn that they lost even more disastrously, including the enemy capturing the Ark, and when the news was brought back to the high priest, he fell backwards and died. Find out what the name his daughter-in-law gave her new baby means. See how these watershed events are mentioned throughout Scripture. Learn that although God is very patient and gave the Israelites many chances to change, eventually He stepped in and judged them. See that often when we continue in disobedience, He deals with us in the same way.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 4:1-22
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 51 secs
Warning! This lesson may make you uncomfortable. Learn how individuals and nations who do not follow divine institutions and obey God will implode. Find out about a time in Israel when they were being oppressed by the Philistines and were trying to solve their troubles their own way rather than follow God. See that when the Israelites were defeated in a battle they decided to use the Ark of the Covenant as a good luck charm. Learn about the Ark of the Covenant, its characteristics, and what it represents about God. To avoid divine discipline in your own life, never compromise with your sin nature but submit to God’s authority.