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1 Samuel 27:1-12  — Out of Bounds

1 Samuel 27:1-12 — Out of Bounds

BIG IDEA: DESPAIR FUELS DESPERATION RESULTING IN A LIFE OF DECEPTION(:1) INTRODUCTION: DESERATE MEASURESA. David Driven by Despair –1. Defeatist Thinking “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul” Saul has been the one frustrated thus far; why should David give...
1 Samuel 25:1-44  — The Big Stick or Wise Restraint?

1 Samuel 25:1-44 — The Big Stick or Wise Restraint?

BIG IDEA: SPIRITUAL LEADERS MUST RESTRAIN THEIR EXERCISE OF POWER TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF DISCERNMENT RATHER THAN IMPULSIVELY RESPONDING TO PROVOCATION(:1) BACKGROUND Death of Samuel – note how he was respected by all of Israel David goes to the wilderness of ParanI....
1 Samuel 23:1-29  — Our Rock of Escape

1 Samuel 23:1-29 — Our Rock of Escape

BIG IDEA: GOD SPECIALIZES IN ENGINEERING NARROW ESCAPESINTRODUCTION: Dangerous form of Hide and Seek; David hiding with his loyal band of followers (now about 600 men); Saul seeking to destroy him with all the power and resources of the military at his command as well...
1 Samuel 22:1-23  — Desperation Replaced by Determination

1 Samuel 22:1-23 — Desperation Replaced by Determination

BIG IDEA: GOD’S APPOINTED LEADER MAKES ALL NECESSARY PREPARATIONS TO MOBILIZE AND FULFILL HIS CALLING IN RESPONSE TO GOD’S LEADING (AND TIMING)TRANSITION: David once again inquiring of the Lord (20:10; 23:2)What should I do to fulfill my calling – given my high level...
1 Samuel 21:1-15  — On the Run and Out of Control

1 Samuel 21:1-15 — On the Run and Out of Control

BIG IDEA: WHEN WE LOSE FOCUS ON GOD’S POWER TO PROTECT US WE RESORT TO DESPERATE MEASURES TO SAVE OUR OWN SKIN WITHOUT REGARD TO: – THE IMAPCT ON THE WELL BEING OF OTHERS – THE IMPACT ON OUR TESTIMONY FOR THE LORDINTRODUCTION: Sad chapter in the history of...
1 Samuel 20:1-31  — True Friendship

1 Samuel 20:1-31 — True Friendship

BIG IDEA: DAVID AND JONATHAN — A MODEL OF TRUE FRIENDSHIPINTRODUCTION: Prov. 18:24 “a friend who sticks closer than a brother”I. True Friendship Involves a Mutual Commitment Often Inspired by Affinities A. In the natural realm — both young, strong, brave...
1 Samuel 19:1-24  — Untouchable

1 Samuel 19:1-24 — Untouchable

BIG IDEA: GOD CAN USE OUR NETWORK OF CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS TO HELP PROTECT US IN TIMES OF DANGER AND PERSECUTION(:1A) INTRODUCTION: BIG-TIME, SURPRISING DANGERA. Unexpected/Unjustified Danger “Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death.”...
1 Samuel 17:1-58  — Spiritual Warfare

1 Samuel 17:1-58 — Spiritual Warfare

BIG IDEA: DAVID’S VICTORY OVER GOLIATH PROVIDES A MODEL FOR SUCCESSFUL SPIRITUAL WARFAREINTRODUCTION: In what ways are our spiritual problems and adversaries like Goliath? 1) Our problems loom large ( Goliath about 9’6″) — seem impossible to us...
1 Samuel 16:1-23  — Changing of the Guard

1 Samuel 16:1-23 — Changing of the Guard

BIG IDEA: LEADERSHIP TRANSITION REQUIRES CAREFUL PREPARATIONI. (:1-5) SELECTION PROCESS INITIATED PER THE LORD’S INSTRUCTIONS TO SAMUEL –WHEN IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON . . . IT’S TIME TO MOVE ONA. (:1) When the Lord is Ready for New Leadership, We Should be Ready as...
1 Samuel 13:1-23  — Can You Justify Expediency?

1 Samuel 13:1-23 — Can You Justify Expediency?

BIG IDEA: LEADERSHIP OPERATING ON THE BASIS OF EXPEDIENCY RATHER THAN OBEDIENCE CAN WIN SOME IMPRESSIVE BATTLES BUT STILL FORFEIT THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE(:1-2) INRODUCTION: BEGINNING OF THE REIGN OF SAULAttempts to unify the nation and defeat the PhilistinesObjective:...
1 Samuel 10:1-27  — The Coronation of Saul

1 Samuel 10:1-27 — The Coronation of Saul

BIG IDEA: THE ANOINTING OF GOD’S CHOSEN LEADER WAS A MIXED BLESSING IN MANY RESPECTS – YET CLEARLY A DIVINE APPOINTMENT(:1) INTRODUCTION: PRIVATE ANOINTINGA. Significance of the Anointing 1. Significance of use of oilRoper: “Prior to this there were only two occasions...
1 Samuel 9:1-27  — God Gives the People What They Want

1 Samuel 9:1-27 — God Gives the People What They Want

BIG IDEA: GOD SOVEREIGNLY GUIDES IN THE SELECTION OF SAUL TO BE KING – GIVING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAD DEMANDED(:1-2) INTRODUCTION: THE IMPRESSIVE NATURE OF THE PEOPLE’S CHOICEA. (:1-2a) Saul’s Impressive Pedigree Son of Kish – “a mighty man of valor” But the house of...