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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.

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www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2015-12samuel.xml
 
Tue, Sep 08, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 4:1
Duration: 58 mins 13 secs

How should we handle the problems that wreck our lives? Advice is given to us from every side for quick solutions but listen to this lesson to see that only the Bible has all the answers. Understand that we need to learn the basic foundation of the events of the Bible in order to apply the doctrinal principles. See that in the days of Samuel the people were turning to their cultural solutions rather than trusting God. Begin to realize the depths of depravity of our sin natures and see that we cannot compromise but must battle through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit to defeat its effects and find divine peace.

The book Dr. Dean references in this class is called The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism.

Dr. Dean also quoted from Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker.

Tue, Sep 01, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 4:1
Duration: 57 mins 48 secs
What does morality have to do with freedom? Listen to this lesson to learn that obedience to God’s standards has consequences in all areas of life. Begin an outline of the book of 1 Samuel and see how God works to bring about a shift in the direction of Israel. Learn the time frame for these events and the correlation between Judges and 1 Samuel. When problems in our life or in our nation have us in a downward spiral, accept that the only solution is to turn to the Word of God which is sufficient for all of our needs.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-21
Duration: 57 mins 59 secs
Light versus darkness. Self destruction or illumination and hope. Listen to this lesson to hear about a time in Israel very much like our own when moral degeneracy was rampant and there was little knowledge of God’s Word in the land. Hear about how Samuel obeyed the Lord while Eli, the high priest, stumbled around in the darkness. Hear the doctrine of the silence of God and the reason for His silence at different periods. Reflect upon your own life and ask yourself if you are a light in the darkness of the culture around you because of the Word of God you have learned.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:12-36
Duration: 59 mins 19 secs
Guilty! God pronounced judgment on the degenerate sons of Eli, the high priest. In contrast, listen to this lesson to learn how the child, Samuel, obeyed the Lord. Hear about how cultures who reject God become sexually degenerate and manifest this in countless ways, such as in our country today. Learn that God has provided a Mediator between Himself and mankind in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, who provides salvation.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:12
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 40 secs
“If it feels good, do it.” Remember that old slogan from the 70s? Listen to this lesson to hear that at any given time we are either serving God or serving our sin nature. Learn about the contrast between Samuel who pleased the Lord and the evil debauchery of the two sons of the high priest. Hear about a prophecy that illustrates the faithfulness of God. Look at life through the grid of God’s Word and take God’s holiness seriously. Daily go on a seek-and-destroy mission to root out the evil that slips in so easily. Remember that we can always trust God to solve the problems of paganism and carnality.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:5-10 & Psalm 2
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 31 secs
Have things gone too far off the rails for our country to ever recover? Listen to this lesson to hear how Hannah and the writers of the Psalms describe God’s sovereignty. He is the one who controls life and death and everything in between. He alone can thwart the evil plans against us. When we think through life’s problems, we need to remember the attributes of God and trust Him to always provide and protect us. Since people who appear to be powerful will be brought down by God and those who are powerless will be strengthened, we can rest knowing that we have nothing to fear.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:4 & Psalm 135
Duration: 58 mins 36 secs
Who decides what’s right and what’s wrong? The law? The courts? Public opinion? Listen to this lesson to learn that the creator God is sovereign and only He rules on what is right. See that what God decrees, He always carries out. Learn that He intervenes to reverse the plans of corrupt humanity and ultimately will break the power of those who think they are winning. Learn more about how Hannah’s psalm shows the power and majesty of God and how she praises Him. Because God has given mankind freedom, at times evil seems to be winning but fully trust that God is always in control.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:4-6
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 13 secs
Do you have trouble sleeping some nights after listening to news about disaster after disaster? Listen to this lesson to learn that God is sovereign which means that He rules over His creation. Explore the question of causation and see how God gives mankind the freedom to make choices. See the difference between God’s decreed will and His permissive will. Take comfort in the fact that power and might do not make right. Trust that no matter what evil schemes are being devised, God intervenes in human history so His plans will ultimately succeed.
Tue, Jun 09, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:3
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 30 secs
Do you know someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else and even thinks they know better than God what is best for them? Listen to this lesson to learn that all of us are arrogant and self centered. See what God thinks of arrogance. Learn about the sin nature we are born with which basically makes us evil, including even the sweetest looking baby. Find out about our trends and our evil desires and how we try to hide our arrogance by doing good deeds to impress others. See the contrast between arrogance and humility and how submitting to God and delegated authority is the only means to rejecting arrogance and boasting in our life.
Tue, May 26, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:1 & 2 Corinthians 10:2-5
Duration: 57 mins 33 secs
Thinking is hard work. It’s easy to rely on clichés and automatic responses but to actually think through something can be exhausting. Listen to this lesson to see how Hannah oriented her thinking away from herself and her problems and concentrated on the greatness of God. Living in a fallen world with demonic influences makes it even more important that we understand that God is the only one who solves our problems. Gain an understanding of how our thinking can be brought into line with God’s thinking as we learn Biblical truth. See how one way of thinking leads to blessing and stability and the other to cursing and disaster.