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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 - July 2019

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 (Vimeo) or here (YouTube).

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www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/2015-12samuel.xml
 
Tue, Jan 08, 2019
Passage: 2 Samuel 6:12-23 & 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:6
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 45 secs

What did David learn from his first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem? Listen to this lesson to understand that in order to please God things must be done God’s ways. Find out that after a man died after touching the ark, David took time to find out God’s precise directions which He had revealed. Hear the events surrounding the thrilling arrival of the ark in Jerusalem as it was honored as God’s dwelling place. This should make us ask ourselves whether we are submitting to the authority of God in our lives or whether we are trying to do things our way as we submit to our sin natures.

Dr. Dean mentioned a book entitled A Harmony of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles during this Bible study.

Tue, Jan 01, 2019
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 32 secs
What does the New Testament say about how Christians are supposed to worship? Listen to this lesson to learn that not as much is said about worship as is found in the Old Testament. Hear the Greek words that are used for worship. Learn that Jesus lived on this earth at a time when the Jews were apostate but He made a habit of attending synagogue and the Temple. Hear how he warned people against worshiping in a way to gain approval from others rather than to praise God. Learn nine aspects of biblical worship for believers as a summary of this mini-series.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018
Passage: Ezekiel & Ezra
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 4 secs
How did the Jews worship God during the times they were under discipline and out of the land? Listen to this lesson to hear about what happened during the times of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Ezra. Hear the part Cyrus, the King of Persia, played in this. Find out the mindset of the prayers of confession as they acknowledged why they were being disciplined and the decisions they realized they needed to make. Hear about the inter-testamental period and how they became zealous for the Law. Believers can follow the principles of the patterns of worship the Jews followed which involved organization and structure.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 51 secs

What happens in a country when the Word of God is no longer taught or considered important? Listen to this lesson to hear about Israel’s history over a period of years when they neglected God’s Word. Find out about a series of evil kings who brought chaos to their country and then a few kings who brought God’s revelation back to the people and restored biblical worship for a period of time. See that idolatry, which is worshiping anything more than God, takes over and that all of us are susceptible when we neglect God’s Word.

There are several Worship-related series available on the Dean Bible Ministries website. Click on the following links to go to the series that interests you:

Tue, Nov 27, 2018
Passage: Psalm 66 & Psalm 103
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 35 secs
Does your life revolve around God or do you only dwell on Him occasionally when you’re at church? Listen to this lesson to learn that the Bible teaches us to have a divine-centered mental attitude throughout the hours of our days. See that we praise and glorify God by telling others what He has done and is doing for us. By hearing about His divine attributes from us, others will be encouraged to see how God is intervening in their lives and solving their problems. Be encouraged to live intentionally, managing your time as you walk by means of the Spirit.
Tue, Nov 20, 2018
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 22 secs
Where can we learn how to praise God? Listen to this lesson to see that the Book of Psalms is a songbook filled with praise to God. See that our praise must be based on biblical truth and not on human emotion. Our thanksgiving and praise should be a response to God that must come from what we have learned from the Word of God. Find out the difference between thanksgiving and praise. Recognize that we are the ones who need God and should tell others about Him and all He has done for us.
Tue, Nov 06, 2018
Passage: Exodus 25-31
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 47 secs
Why should we bother to learn about Old Testament priests, required sacrifices, and the yearly calendar of festivals? Listen to this lesson to learn that worship in the Old Testament was meant to teach about the important doctrines, such as redemption and sanctification so in the Church Age it gives us a deeper understanding. See the difference between ritual forgiveness and real forgiveness and its application to us today. See how the yearly religious calendar helped to keep the people focused on the importance of their spiritual life, which is a reminder of our need to focus on our spiritual life.
Tue, Oct 30, 2018
Passage: Exodus 25-31
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 57 secs
Take a journey back in time in your mind’s eye and view the tabernacle that was built to God’s specifications. See the articles of furniture and how each was designed to teach an aspect of God’s character and His plan for the human race. Find out abut the uniform of the high priest with its expensive fabrics and precious stones, all of which held deep meaning. Learn why a pomegranate was the symbol used in the hem of the garment. Hear a summary of the five sacrifices and how they were all fulfilled by Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross. Be challenged to see the significance of the worship in the tabernacle and how it can enrich our understanding of God’s provision for all believers today.
Tue, Oct 23, 2018
Passage: Exodus 24
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 16 secs
“Take time to be holy. Speak oft to the Lord.” Listen to this lesson to learn the meaning of the words of this hymn. See that all believers are commanded to be holy and that it is important not to confuse our position in Christ with our need for sanctification or spiritual growth. Follow the Old Testament description of how the Israelites were to take time to prepare for worship and see the layout of the tabernacle and its emphasis on cleansing. Be challenged to approach worship solemnly, taking time to prepare to be set apart to serve God.
Tue, Oct 16, 2018
Passage: Exodus 5 & Exodus 19-24
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 5 secs

Go back in time and imagine you are one of the Israelites traveling to the land God has promised. Moses, your leader, tells you to prepare yourself to be in the presence of God. Picture a smoky cloud over a quaking mountain and actually hearing the voice of God. What would your reaction be? Awe? Fear? Reverence? Listen to this lesson to learn about these events and their significance as the people were being chosen to be a kingdom of priests to proclaim God’s message to the world. Learn what sanctification meant then and the importance of being set apart to serve God in our own lives. Find out what the opposite of holy is and how we can prepare ourselves to worship God.

Dr. Dean referenced several books during his discussion on universities, including: The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi, How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin Schmidt, How the West Was Won by Rodney Stark, and The Rise of Universities by Charles Homer Haskins.