First Samuel is our introduction to one of the most important characters in all of Scripture—David, who would become the king of Israel and part of the lineage of Jesus Himself. But the book is actually named after Samuel, the prophet who guided Israel through some tough times. Many Bible scholars believe he is actually the author of most of the book.
 
First Samuel follows on the heels of the period of the Judges, which was a dark time in the history of God’s people.
 
First Samuel follows on the heels of the period of the Judges, which was a dark time in the history of God’s people. It records the foundation of the monarchy. After the story of Samuel’s call to the prophetic office, it tells us how God allowed and established the first king in Israel. Though God ideally wanted to be the only King of His people, He allowed for Saul and David to become the first two kings.
 
The book contains powerful spiritual lessons about the consequences of disobedience, as Saul’s failure to obey God costs him his royal rule.
 
The book contains powerful spiritual lessons about the consequences of disobedience, as Saul’s failure to obey God costs him his royal rule. Though he gets off to a good start, his failure to follow God’s commands leads to his decline and fall. Even in the midst of his downward spiral, God makes provision for the future of His people. At God’s direction, Saul is eventually replaced by David, “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). And David, full of trust in God proves himself to be a giant killer. It is only those who live in obedience who will find the strength to slay the giants in their lives!
 
Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes in the book of 1 Samuel. May you be blessed by it!
 
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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