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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 - July 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.

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.

To listen to this series as a podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software.
www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2015-12samuel.xml
 
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:8-11
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 29 secs

Note that the initial blue screen on the video incorrectly identifies this class as lesson #177 instead of #117.

Why does the Holy Spirit pull back the curtain on the chaos and sinful events conspiring after Saul’s death? Listen to this lesson to learn what happens when sin natures are in control. See the contrast here with David who mirrors God’s mercy and kindness to people. See the importance of knowing the geography of the area in order to follow the occurring events. Find out that when family loyalty is stronger than loyalty to God there are tragic consequences and fragmentation. Understand that a nation cannot have stability when it is in arrogance and rebellion and the only solution is to submit ourselves unto God.
Tue, Jan 02, 2018
Passage: 2 Samuel 2:1-7
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 24 secs
Are there any decisions that are too small to bother God about? Listen to this lesson to learn that David sought God’s guidance in everything. See the contrast between the wisdom of David and the foolishness of Saul and his followers. Find out that the providential sovereignty of God is always working behind the scenes but never interfering with man’s volition. Find out that we no longer have special revelation but need to rely on the wisdom we find by learning God’s Word and applying it to our lives.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017
Passage: 2 Samuel
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 57 mins 47 secs

Get ready for a quick overview of the book of 2 Samuel centering on David as the king of Israel. Learn that it is divided into three basic parts: blessing, discipline, and six episodes. Like any modern drama, hear about power lust, intrigue, and murder, but see how throughout it all David keeps his loyalty to God and is dependent on prayer. Learn about the center of the book involving two events that shape the rest. Hear six provisions of the Davidic Covenant and the eternal aspect of it. Find out the importance of kindness and graciousness which David showed to his enemies.

The outline for 2 Samuel is available in the Notes link below.

Tue, Dec 19, 2017
Passage: 2 Samuel 1:1-27
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 17 secs
What can we learn from the death of Saul and David’s response? Listen to this lesson to learn that the events in the Old Testament are relevant to what is happening in our world today, including political intrigue, lies, and religious motivations. Learn the details of Saul’s death that ended in his suicide. Hear about a messenger who came to David to tell about these events and the lessons we can apply to our own lives. Hear David’s expression of his respect and love for Saul’s position as king and for Jonathan.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:31-50
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 58 mins 49 secs
How should we handle our battles in this life? Listen to this message to hear the lessons that David had learned about trusting God in the midst of all his adversities. See the importance of learning the characteristics of God so we can appreciate the provisions He has for us. Find out the necessity for training to be prepared for whatever happens. Understand that God trains us when we study His Word. As we conclude this psalm we should be reminded that God is sovereign and His justice will ultimately prevail.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:25-30
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 37 secs
Is Thanksgiving just a day for lots of good food and being with family for you? Listen to this lesson to learn that David shows us in his psalms that we should be thankful to God every day of our lives. Find out what is necessary to enjoy fellowship with God and how to be sure that our prayers are heard. See that only God can build a church or a family and that it’s not through our own efforts. Learn the meaning of humbling ourselves when we come under adversity so God can exalt us.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:20-26
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 45 secs
What does it mean that God blesses, recompenses, and rewards us? Listen to this lesson to see that David in Psalm 18 is not talking about salvation but about our fellowship with God after we are saved. Find out the importance of fellowship with God. See that God distributes blessings to us when we have the capacity for them and how this capacity is developed. Learn five basic things we need to know about rewards. Keep in mind that when we come to the end of our lives, all that will matter will be our relationship with the Lord.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:16-24
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 25 secs

When did you last take time to recall God’s goodness to you and His answers to your prayers? Listen to this lesson to learn how David described all God had done for him. Hear about the waters of Shiloah which speak of God’s protection. Find out the difference between the free gift of imputed righteousness and experiential righteousness which we earn by walking by means of the Holy Spirit.

During this lesson Dr. Dean referenced an article on the Reformation by Barna Group. You can view it here.

Dr. Dean also recommends that you view a video about Hezekiah's Tunnel and the Gihon Spring which he discussed this evening. The video is located here.

Tue, Oct 24, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:7-15
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 4 secs
Does God intervene in human history in answer to prayer? Listen to this lesson to learn instances of God’s intervention. Hear four different parts of prayer that we can utilize in our personal prayers. See that our prayers are not to be designed to get God to give us what we want but are to change us to think like God thinks in the Word of God. Hear how David expresses God’s power as He rules His creation in amazing ways throughout Scripture. Learn about Bible believing scientists who made tremendous scientific discoveries throughout history.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Passage: Psalm 18:6-15
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 4 secs
What does the Bible teach about Sheol? Listen to this lesson to learn at least three meanings of the word, only one of which refers to a specific location. See that the word should not be translated as hell. Find out what we’re to do when we are deeply distressed. See what David means when he refers to God’s temple and compare and contrast God’s heavenly temple with His earthly temple. Marvel that when we pray to God He hears and answers us.