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.
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.
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.
Tue, May 19, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:1
Duration: 59 mins 35 secs
Me? Write a prayer or a poem? That’s too hard! Listen to this lesson to see how Hannah’s happiness overflowed over all that God had done for her and she wrote this powerful prayer song. See how Hannah moves from the trauma in her own life to God’s ultimate victory over Satan. Find out who our three basic enemies are and realize that our enemies are God’s enemies. Begin seeing that everything that happens in our life is part of God’s grand design and that our happiness should never be based on the circumstances of our life.
Tue, May 12, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 2:1-3
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 50 secs
Get ready! Life is a battleground as cosmic warfare rages around us. Listen to this lesson to learn about the spiritual warfare that involves God and Satan. As Christians we are assaulted continuously and just as Hannah prayed for deliverance and received it, we can trust God’s sovereign control of history. Learn that the Book of Psalms, which are the songs of the Bible, can strengthen us as we read and sing hymns about God’s victories in our life. Learn how to choose hymns, both the lyrics and the music, that will sustain us as we face our battles.
Tue, May 05, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 1:8-20
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 4 secs
“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Nobody knows but Jesus.” This well-known old folk song is how we often feel when we’re laid low by suffering. Listen to this lesson to see how Hannah poured out her troubles to the Lord and made a vow to Him. See God’s purpose for adversity in a believer’s life and understand the difference between adversity and stress. Learn about ten problem-solving spiritual skills that we can apply in our lives. See how God answered Hannah’s prayer and understand that we, too, can cast our cares on the Lord instead of giving in to despair or anger.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 1:8-10 & 2 Corinthians
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 6 secs
What can we learn from intense grief and sorrow? Are they just emotional reactions that are out of our control? Listen to this lesson to learn the Biblical truth about sorrow. See how Jesus agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane concerning His coming crucifixion. Follow Paul’s remarks to the Corinthians concerning sorrow. Find out the meaning of Godly sorrow and how it can lead us to repentance. Learn how to comfort those who are mourning and experience a new level of truth about grief and sorrow as you learn to depend on God.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 1:8-10
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 40 secs
Can we trust our feelings and reactions to determine what we should do? Or do our responses lead us astray? Listen to this lesson to learn the correct role for emotion in the Christian life. Learn that emotion, in and of itself, is not wrong but that we cannot run our lives based on our feelings alone. Hear examples of weeping in the Bible and see that weeping can be for legitimate reasons or a sign of self-pity and manipulation. Instead of depending on emotions to guide our actions, we need to learn to depend on the Word of God.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 1:8-10
Duration: 58 mins 39 secs
Whom the Lord loves He makes comfortable? No, the Bible doesn’t teach that our aim in life should be comfort. Instead, listen to this lesson to learn about Hannah, who suffered from her inability to have a child and went through many painful emotions as she sought an answer from the Lord. Hear the doctrine of the barren woman which was one of the hardest burdens for a woman to bear in Old Testament days. Find out what “bitterness of soul” means and whether or not it is a sin. Understand what the Bible has to say about weeping and emotions and get a clear understanding that counseling is mainly being taught the Word of God from the pulpit and applying it to our circumstances.