Beginning the Journey (for new Christians)
1, 2, and 3 John
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
2 Peter, Jude
7 Last Words of Christ
Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8)
David, Life of
Jesus and the Kingdom
Lamb of God
Names of God
Sermon on the Mount
Life of David
Discipleship Lessons from 1 and 2 Samuel
and Bible Study Commentary for Personal Devotional Use, Small Groups or Sunday
School Classes, and Sermon Preparation for Pastors and Teachers
David's remarkable life, insights, and achievements inspire us today.
David's story is compelling, exciting -- with "chance" encounters, narrow escapes, beautiful women, and a warrior who carves out an empire. David is a singer-songwriter, whose body of work is revered by millions of fans three thousand years after his death. His character encourages us, his weaknesses speak to us, his faith moves us. He is the king of Israel's Golden Age and points us to his great descendant, the Son of David, Jesus Christ the Lord.
This book is designed to aid your study of David's life, with a special emphasis on what we can learn as Jesus' disciples today. Twenty maps and charts help you understand his family, as well as the geography of his sojourns, escapes, battles, and conquests. The historical background and geopolitical context will help you to appreciate David in his own world and grasp his internal complexity.
Classes and small groups will find this a helpful curriculum guide to their study of 1 and 2 Samuel, with links to free participant handouts as well as thorough preparation for the leader. Thought-provoking questions will stimulate many insightful discussions. Each lesson concludes with "Lessons for Disciples" to help students apply what they've learned to their own lives.
Preachers and teachers will find a great deal of their research done for them. Lessons are heavily footnoted for those who want to dig deeper, but are optional for the general student.
According to Paul, "David ... served God's purpose in his own generation." Your understanding of David's life and faith will help you to live out God's plan for you in your own generation.
Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 290-page book:
|Table of Contents||7|
|Introduction to the Life of David||17|
|1. Samuel Anoints David as King (1 Samuel 15-16)||22|
|2. David and Goliath: Bold Faith (1 Samuel 17)||37|
|3. Jonathan's Friendship, Saul's Jealousy (1 Samuel 18-20)||49|
|4. David Flees from Saul (1 Samuel 21-23)||62|
|5. David Spares the Lord's Anointed (1 Samuel 24-28)||79|
|6. David Strengthens Himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 29-2 Samuel 1)||101|
|7. David Becomes King and Conquers Jerusalem (2 Samuel 2-5)||115|
|8. David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6)||138|
|9. The Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7)||150|
|10. David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12)||162|
|11. Rape, Murder, and Conspiracy in David's Family (2 Samuel 13:1-15:13)||186|
|12. David's Exile from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:14-20:26)||203|
|13. The Legacy of David (2 Samuel 21-1 Kings 2)||229|
|Appendix 1. Genealogy of the Priesthood in David's Time||265|
|Appendix 2. Genealogy of the House of Saul||267|
|Appendix 3. Genealogy of the House of David||268|
|Appendix 4. A Chronology of David's Life||269|
|Appendix 5. The Tabernacle of David Today (2 Samuel 6:17; Acts 15:16)||271|
|Appendix 6. Considering David's Deceit -- The Ethics of Lying||273|
|Appendix 7. Locations of the Ark and the Tabernacle||276|
|Appendix 8. David's Psalms of Repentance (Psalms 51 and 32)||277|
|Appendix 9. Participant Handout Guides||289|
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