High Schoolers: Sunday School class meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 upstairs. Join us as we study the books of 1 & 2 Samuel until summer 2017 to study the life and times of David, a significant king of the Jews and ancestor of Jesus. Here is the schedule for the next few weeks:
1 Samuel 23 – David heard of fighting between Keilah and Gath, so he looked to the Lord for direction. This is a characteristic of David’s life that serves him well. God told him to fight for Keilah, so he did. This drew Saul to David, but David stayed one step ahead of Saul because God was on his side.
1 Samuel 24 – One day while Saul was relieving himself, David cut a piece from Saul’s robe. David was guilt-ridden by this act (he probably hadn’t asked God about it). So David met with Saul face-to-face. They talked; Saul realized David could have killed him, but David would not do that!
1 Samuel 25 – David’s weakness begins to emerge in this chapter: women. David commits adultery with Abigail, then commits murder to conceal his offense. How far are we willing to let sin take us?
Here are our past studies:
1 Samuel 1 – Hannah was very loved by her husband Elkanah, but she couldn’t get pregnant. So she prayed to God for a child and committed him to the Lord’s service for life. And God granted Hannah’s request, and she became pregnant. They named the boy Samuel, which means heard of God.
Thanksgiving weekend… no Sunday School.
1 Samuel 2 – Hannah rejoiced in prayer, because God gave her not just one, but five children(2:21). We also learn that Eli’s two sons are wicked, and God plans to end Eli’s family line.
1 Samuel 3 – God talks to Samuel in an audible voice and has a not-so-good message for Eli. Samuel obediently delivers the message to Eli, and eventually everyone recognizes Samuel as a prophet of God.
Christmas Sunday – no Sunday School.
January 3, 2016
1 Samuel 4 – The people take the ark of God into battle to help them win, but the Philistines defeated the Israelites, killed Eli’s two sons, and took the ark. News of the capture of the ark caused Eli to fall off his chair and die, while his daughter-in-law gave birth to a son, Ichabod, which means no glory.
1 Samuel 5 – The ark gave the Philistines troubles. In the temple of the Philistine god Dagon, the ark caused the idol statue of Dagon to fall over…twice! The people in the town near the ark broke out in tumors. They moved it to Gath and it brought more tumors to those people. Philistine towns became afraid to have the ark, and they begged to send it back to Israel.
1 Samuel 6 – After seven months, the Philistines returned the ark to Israel, and they tried to honor God in the process. The Israelites were happy to see it return, but some men looked inside the ark, not respecting God’s wishes, and they died. This caused people to respect the ark. What does it take for God to get our attention?
Ask Pastor Gina
1 Samuel 7 – When the Israelites turn back to God and cry out for help, He hears their call and subdues their enemies. God blesses those who honor Him. Ebenezer – stone of help.
1 Samuel 8 – The people all too soon forget from where their strength comes. They plead that they may have a king to follow like the other nations around them, so God gives them a king. But is this God’s true will, or is it God permitting human behavior?
1 Samuel 9 – Samuel anoints Saul king, but Saul almost misses his divine appointment. Saul looks like a king, but is his kingship the will of God or the will of the Israelites?
1 Samuel 10 – God, unhappy that the Israelites had rejected Him as leader, gave Saul the power to prophesy and had Samuel anoint him as king.
1 Samuel 10 – God is in control of authorities then and now. That is reassuring in an election year.
Easter Sunday – no Sunday School.
1 Samuel 11 – God strengthens Saul’s position as king over Israel through the rescue of Jabesh.
1 Samuel 12 – Samuel, old and ready to die, rebukes the Israelites for asking God to give them a king.
1 Samuel 13 – Saul performs the priestly offerings and Samuel rebukes him. What was wrong with Saul performing the offerings?
Gina Anson’s last Sunday with us before her Michigan move
1 Samuel 14 – Saul’s son Jonathan attacks a detachment of Philistines and has great success. This precedes a great victory for Israel over the Philistines, but Saul has made a rash edict not to eat that Jonathan did not know about. When Jonathan violates the edict, is he to be punished?
1 Samuel 15 – God makes clear that He rejects Saul as king. Verse 22 declares that the Lord prefers obedience over burnt offerings and sacrifices. Do we please him more when we repent, or when we obey?
1 Samuel 16a – The Lord encourages Samuel to stop mourning Saul and to go anoint the next king, a son of Jesse. When Samuel sees Jesse’s oldest, he thinks God must have picked him to be king, but God reminds Samuel that He does not judge on outward appearance, but rather on what is in a person’s heart. After all, Saul looked like a king, but his heart was not pure.
1 Samuel 16b – David is chosen by God to succeed Saul, but he starts out as Saul’s comforter and servant.
1 Samuel 17 – Young David is frustrated with Goliath who is chiding and threatening the Israelite army. He shows no fear and total trust in God as he kills Goliath with one hit. Can we have this same authority and power today?
1 Samuel 18 – David becomes a popular warrior, and Saul becomes jealous. Saul realizes the Lord is with David and not himself, as David has a lot of success in everything he does.
No Sunday School (Father’s Day)
Special Speaker – Sergey Molkov
No Sunday School (Independence Day)
1 Samuel 19 – Saul’s intense jealousy drives him to try to kill David. But David is wise, and the Lord is on his side.
1 Samuel 19:18-20:17 – David went to Samuel for help. Saul knew where to look for David, but as he sent men to find him, they began to prophesy and were hindered on their way. So Saul went after David himself, and he too began to prophesy. This looks like the Holy Spirit helping David escape.
1 Samuel 20:18-42 – Jonathan was a close friend to David, closer than any brother. He couldn’t believe that his father Saul wanted to kill David. But once Saul tried to kill Jonathan, he was convinced that Davis was in danger. SO Jonathan and David parted company, but David vowed to take care of Jonathan’s family. Do we have friends that close?
1 Samuel 21 – David went to the priest Ahimelech at Nob and got bread and the sword of Goliath. Doeg the Edomite saw David there. From there, David went to Achish, king of Gath. Achish began to sing of David’s greatness, but since David’s time had not come (and he wished to honor Saul as king), he was very afraid and acted insane to be driven away by Achish.
1 Samuel 22 – David went to the cave at Adullam. There he was joined by 400 men, misfits and malcontents. Saul found out that Ahimelech had helped David through Doeg, so Saul killed Ahimelech’s family. However, Ahitub escaped and ran to David. David told Ahitub to stay so David could take care of him.
I hope to see you Sunday!
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