Do you ever struggle to find the connecting thread in the story-line of the Bible? Do you wonder what some of the Old Testament stories have to do with Jesus, or Christianity today? Sure, Moses and Abraham have their place, but sometimes, it can be difficult to understand what Samson or King Saul have to do with us.
This Bible Study in 1 Samuel is a great place to begin! Get to know the characters in 1 Samuel and understand how they each play a role in God’s master story. Get a fresh glimpse of God’s character, man’s heart, Jesus our rescue, and the Spirit’s power. It’s the old, old, story unfolding in a new way.
Effective Bible Study Plan:
#1 Designate a notebook / journal for this study and grab a highlighter.
#2 Decide what device to download and read your PDF devotional on.
#3 Mark a start date on your calendar!
#4 Dive in and understand 1 Samuel like never before.
#5 Use your learning to continue studying other books in the historical genre (2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, etc)!
Undivided takes you through the entirety of 1 Samuel in a 53 page downloadable e-book with 14 lessons you can work through at the pace that suits you best.
•See how reading assignments focus on the breaks in the original story (before chapter markers were put in).
•Get a summary of the main characters in each section so you know who and what to give the most attention to.
• Lock the main point in your brain by referring to the “Big Picture Takeaway” at the beginning of each day.
•Expect an enriched understanding of Scripture through a collection of devotional readings.
• Know what to do with what you just read! Application questions to help you think critically and connect the text to other truths in the Bible
• Apply what you just read, with prayer prompts.
There are so many wonderful connections to discover, themes to highlight, and words to unpack. I pray this will begin to whet your appetite for the feast of riches in God’s Word. 1 Samuel might just be your new favorite book after this!
“Would I recommend Undivided?
Absolutely. If you’re studying on your own, just take it at your own pace and give yourself the time and grace to process and reflect/journal before moving on to the next section. Seriously, though, this is one of the best Bible studies I did this year. So much so that the next one I did was kind of a let-down :/. And can I say, I’m so glad Stephanie picked 1 Samuel? I don’t see nearly enough studies of the Old Testament historical books. God’s story – even the crunchy parts – is so powerful and we need great tools like this to help normal people get into the Word.”
-Joy of Real World Bible Study
“I loved this study! I was instantly impressed with it when I realized that Stephanie was not taking us through chapter by chapter, but rather scene by scene. This is something I love, but do not see often, and I found that it really made a difference several times in noticing things I hadn’t before, just because I was reading the whole story at the same sitting. As I began digging deeper, I also loved the additional scriptures that were suggested, and the thoughts that Stephanie shared with us; they really got me thinking and eager to keep going!
Each chapter came with a application/reflection section that I found was done really well; the questions were simple enough that you could simply ponder them for a few minutes, but they were also deep enough that you could truly spend a long time working through them in your study note book”
– Bri Shaffer of Forget Not His Benefits
“Wow! This in-depth study of First Samuel reminds me of some of the “big name” Bible studies that I have done through the years.”
– Aryn of Aryn the Libraryan
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