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Life of David
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Discipleship Lessons from 1 and 2 Samuel
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Why do people love David’s story?
- David’s story is exciting. David and Goliath, caves and deserts, beautiful women and palace intrigue, last-minute escapes and pursuits by two kings. It’s exhilarating!
- David’s story is inspiring. David is both a committed believer and a prolific singer-songwriter. He has learned to trust Yahweh in the depths of depression, the extremes of danger, and the heights of jubilation.
- David’s story is human. We watch this flawed man fall very low, find repentance, grace and forgiveness, and is ultimately be restored and redeemed.
- David’s story is manly. Do real men do God? Oh, yes! This great warrior and leader of men integrates faith into his own life and his whole career.
- David’s story is morally challenging. He lives in a world far from our own – with palaces and harems as well as giants and fierce hand-to-hand combat. But underlying the differences are the moral guidelines that keep us steady.
- David’s story is ongoing. He is the ancestor and type of the Messiah, the Son of David and Son of God -- Jesus of Nazareth. To understand Jesus, you need to start with David.
The study contains:
3 genealogical charts
Historical and geopolitical notes
Probing discussion questions to stimulate your thinking and spiritual growth
We’re covering 43 chapters in 12 lessons – 1 Samuel 14 to 31, all of 2 Samuel, plus 1 Kings 1-2. As a result, we’ll move more quickly over much of the narrative material, but slow down when it comes to key events and important spiritual lessons.
I hope you'll sign up below and join us when this study begins on September 9, 2012.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
- Samuel Anoints David as King (1 Samuel 15-16)
- David and Goliath: Bold Faith (1 Samuel 17)
- Jonathan's Friendship, Saul's Jealousy (1 Samuel 18-20)
- David Flees from Saul (1 Samuel 21-23)
- David Spares the Lord's Anointed (1 Samuel 24-28)
- David Strengthens Himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 29-2 Samuel 1)
- David Becomes King and Conquers Jerusalem (2 Samuel 2-5)
- David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6)
- The Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7)
- David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12)
- Rape, Murder, and Conspiracy in David’s Family (2 Samuel 13:1-15:13)
- David’s Exile from Jerusalem (15:13-20:26)
- The Legacy of David (2 Samuel 21-1 Kings 2)
- Chronology of David's Life
- Artwork of David the King
- Maps and Charts of the Life of David
- References and Abbreviations
- Reprint Guidelines
- Handouts for Group Participants. If you're using this study with a class or small group, here are some free handouts for each lesson. Includes all the maps and charts.
Here's how we'll study together.
Then you'll read the Bible passage and use my notes to help
you understand it better.
- If you sign up for the daily questions version, on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you'll receive a question from that week's lesson to think about and answer. This is designed as a "total immersion" approach to Bible study, since I believe God wants to use these lessons to work real and permanent change in your life. (You can opt out of the daily questions if you like, however, and just receive the weekly lessons.) You'll be thinking about these passages constantly over these weeks -- long enough for God to work his Word into your life and lifestyle.
- You can respond to the questions and exercises using the Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum -- and read others' answers to reinforce your own understanding.
- With each lesson you'll receive a link to a 20- to 30-minute audio teaching that sums up the passage you've been studying that week. Some who learn better from hearing than from reading really appreciate this.
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