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A Mini-Series is a small subset of lessons from a major series which covers a particular subject or book. The class numbers will be in reference to the major series rather than the mini-series.

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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 2018

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 17, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 56
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 5 secs
Have you ever been in what looked like a hopeless situation with no way out? Listen to this lesson to hear about a time when David was pressed on all sides but he turned to God and cried out to be rescued. He trusted God’s mercy instead of giving in to his fears. See that in our prayers we need to remind God what we know about Him and how He has promised to help us. Understand it’s not that our fears go away. We can learn to live above fear and let God’s Word change our focus. In times like this turn to the Psalms for maximum peace and joy.
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 22:1-23
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 35 secs
Did you ever have a temper tantrum or throw a pity party when things around you were falling apart and not going your way? Listen to this lesson to learn that all Christians are given tests by God to prepare them spiritually to rule and reign with Christ someday. See how David handled the unjust circumstances he was facing in contrast to King Saul who became angry and murderous. See one example of legitimate civil disobedience and another of a man who obeys the king and kills the priests. When you find yourself in disaster situations, see it as an opportunity to apply God’s promises and to grow spiritually.
Tue, Jan 03, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 46 secs
What frightens you? Lack of money? Loss of health? Someone you love or yourself dying? Listen to this lesson to learn that the only fear we should have is fear of the Lord. See that we either fear our circumstances or we fear God. See that when we fear God we are taking refuge in Him for protection. Hear nine principles of fearing the Lord and how it always includes submission to His authority and leads to honor and wisdom and happiness.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 50 secs
Why do believers go through suffering and difficulty? Listen to this lesson to learn three main reasons and how Psalm 34 provides the answers we need. See several different words used to show how God protects and delivers us. Find out that God watches us and is always aware of what is going on in our life and has made provision for us. Learn what the vehicle for exercising the faith-rest drill is.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 7 secs

What should you do when you’re in a desperate circumstance? Listen to this lesson to see that first we should take our problem to the Lord. David shows us how we are to focus on God rather than our problems. See what it means that God is good and how we can taste and see that He is good. Learn what it means to bless God which is parallel to praising God. If you want to have joy instead of fear in life, praising God and hearing how He has the solution to all our problems is the answer.

Dr. Dean mentioned the 2017 Bible Reading Challenge during tonight's class. If you're up to the challenge, you can download it here.

Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 21:1-15 & Psalm 34
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 33 secs
Maybe you’ll never be fleeing from an angry king who wants to kill you like David was in this Bible chapter but there are lessons here you can apply to your own life. See that in Psalm 34 we get insight into what David is thinking. Hear four things about people testing and its purpose. Learn that the many aspects of fear is the basic sin but that “fear of the Lord” gives us confidence. When we face problems in our life, we can learn the importance of wisdom as we handle people testing.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Duration: 59 mins 50 secs
Did you know that as long as we are alive we will deal with problems caused by people? Listen to this lesson to learn that as believers we are to show impersonal love even to people who are treating us unfairly. Hear the story of how Jonathan and David dealt with King Saul’s attempt to murder David. See that God has a purpose for people testing in our life. Find out the steps we need to take to learn to love our enemies and bless those who curse us.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:6-17
Duration: 56 mins 40 secs
Will we see our enemies who treat us unjustly get punished? Listen to this lesson to see that we must learn to trust God and have confidence that He will dispense justice whether we see it or not. Find out that God always provides for believers no matter what the circumstances. Learn what wrath means and whether it involves emotion. Remember that no matter what happens to us we are to turn to God and trust Him.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:1-5
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 55 secs
Have you ever been in a terrible spot in your life and felt so sorry for yourself you wanted to throw a pity party? Listen to this lesson to learn that David was in a seemingly hopeless situation, but he turned his lament into a psalm of praise to God. Find out that when facing troubles we need to remember that God is all-powerful and we need to trust Him. Learn what an imprecatory prayer is and whether or not we should pray like this.
Tue, Nov 08, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 19:1-24 & Psalm 59:1-17
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 7 secs
When you’re under pressure or in difficult times what should you do? Listen to this lesson to learn that it’s a good idea to turn to the book of Psalms in the Scriptures. One important one is Psalm 59, which was written by David and is called a lament psalm. Find out six characteristics of a lament psalm and how God ridicules evil doers. In order to better understand the psalm, it is important to see its context and structure to help us apply the principles to our own life.