A Study of 1 Samuel

A Study of 1 Samuel

What do people look for in their leaders? Physical attributes? Prestigious educational credentials? Oratory skills? Experience? Courage? Are they seeking someone who can build consensus and inspire confidence in others? How often is character a consideration? How high does integrity rank on the list of qualifications?

The Book of 1 Samuel reveals a wide range of character qualities in its featured personalities as the Israelites transitioned from the period of the judges to the era of the kings. People such as Hannah, Samuel, Eli, Saul, David, Jonathan, Abigail, and Nabal fill the stories as Israel makes the move from a theocracy to a monarchy.

Lessons Title Verse
Lesson 1 (3/4) A Desperate Plea from a Faithful Follower 1 Samuel 1
Lesson 2 Recognizing and Responding to God’s Voice 1 Samuel 3
Lesson 3

Repentance, Deliverance, Remembrance

1 Samuel 7
Lesson 4

Appointed and Anointed

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 15-21; 10:1, 9-24
Lesson 5 A Rash Decision and a Stinging Rebuke 1 Samuel 13:1-14
Lesson 6

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

1 Samuel 15
Lesson 7

The Lord Looks at the Heart

1 Samuel 16
Lesson 8

Faith to Face a Giant

1 Samuel 17:1-11, 26-32, 38-51
Lesson 9 The Bitter Root of Jealousy 1 Samuel 18:1-16, 19:1-10
Lesson 10 The Best of Friends 1 Samuel 20:1-17, 30-42
Lesson 11 Extending Grace to an Enemy 1 Samuel 24
Lesson 12

A Foolish Man and a Wise Woman

1 Samuel 25:1-34
Lesson 13

A Sad Ending

1 Samuel 28:3-20; 31:1-6