1 Samuel For You

For reading, for feeding, for leading

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Expository Bible-study guide to 1 Samuel unpacking this gripping part of Israel's history.

Part of the God's Word For You series.

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1 Samuel: Choose your King

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1 Samuel is a book of barrenness and battles, kings and schemes, shepherds and giants. It recounts the history of Israel as it moved from no king, to the king it demanded, to the king God knew his people needed.

But its greatest excitement lies not in the events and characters, but in the person they all point to. 1 Samuel presents us with a wonderful picture of Jesus. Seeing him in and through this Old Testament book enables us to see him with fresh colour and texture, and see afresh what it means for us to follow him today as our Ruler and Rescuer. 1 Samuel is a book about ancient times, that speaks directly into ours.

Written for people of every age and stage, from new believers to pastors and teachers, 1 Samuel For You can be used to:

• READ: As a guide to this wonderful letter, exciting and equipping you to live out the truth in your life.
• FEED: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God’s word.
• LEAD: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying 1 Samuel as you preach or lead a Bible study.

There is an accompanying Good Book Guide available containing Bible studies for small groups.

Tim Chester is Director of the Porterbrook Seminary and a pastor in the Crowded House church network in Sheffield, England.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. A Coming King
  • 2. A Coming Priest and Prophet
  • 3. The Weight of Glory
  • 4. A King Like the Nations
  • 5. King Saul
  • 6. Adam Revisited
  • 7. The Shepherd King
  • 8. Facing Giants
  • 9. Taking Sides
  • 10. The Wilderness Years
  • 11. Testing Times
  • 12. A Word from the Grave
  • 13. How the Mighty have Fallen
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography

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Author Tim Chester
ISBN 9781909919563
Format Paperback
First published September 2014
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 16.5mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher The Good Book Company

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“Not a commentary, more a companion”

This slim volume takes you through 1 Samuel in sequence. It is not intended as a commentary but provides chatty and, at times, devotional comment on the biblical text. There are many wonderful insights, for example, the relationship between David and Jonathan is often portrayed as between two young warroirs - in fact, Jonathan is old enough to have been David's father, which puts a different complexion on their exchanges. The book complements the Good Book Guide to 1 Samuel by the same author, although the latter is a relatively brief look at 1 Samuel so misses out a lot of the content of I Samuel for you. 1 Samuel for you is actually a better companion for a sequential bible study of 1 Samuel as a lot of the devotional points made in the bible study guide are also made in the companion volume.

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