07/22 2 Samuel 11-12 “The Fall”

This Week at Twin Valley: We know the story of David and Bathsheba. We understand the central place it plays in his life. We are aware of the destruction in his family following the event. This week we will be exploring the context and exploring some of the author’s meaningful story development as it plays out in the Hebrew language. Go beyond the Sunday School story into the world of the Israelite monarchy and see how the author masterfully recounts David’s story here and why he describes it the way he does. As you study the passage this week, answer the following questions: - What battles are being fought in 2 Samuel 10? Why are they significant? - Does it look like David and his men are winning at the end of 2 Samuel 10? - How is David described in 2 Samuel 11:1? - How does the author describe Uriah’s character? How can you tell? - Why does Nathan rebuke David with a parable? Is...
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07/15 Exodus 14 “The Exit”

This week Mr. John Pena (former TVC intern) will be leading the Worship Service. We are breaking from the path in 2 Samuel and will visit Moses and the people of Israel as they are crossing the Red Sea. Some questions for you to ponder and reflect on this week as you prepare for the service: 1. In the midst of trials, where and what is your source of strength? 2. Can you think of times that God has personally shown His faithfulness? 3. What is your gut reaction when faced with an unexpected hardship? As the Lord leads, read through Exodus 14. The memory verse that corresponds to Sunday School is 2 Samuel 14:17. ...
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7/8 2 Samuel 9 “The Promise”

2 Samuel 9 “The Promise” David has been crowned king. God has given him a covenant. David has been victorious explicitly because of the Lord’s presence in his life. Now David turns to fulfilling a promise of his own.Some questions for you to ponder as you study 2 Samuel 9 this week: - Why does David offer Mephibosheth kindness at this point in his life? - What is the significance of David offering kindness to a former enemy? - Why does Mephibosheth act the way he does when he is brought into David’s presence? - Does the author give Mephibosheth’s response to David’s kindness? Why or why not? - Why do you think the Author thought this story was important enough to include in his reporting of David’s life? As the Lord leads, read 2 Samuel 8-9 as you prepare for this week. Study through 2 Samuel 9 as you process the questions above. The verse that follows the Sunday School curriculum is Psalm 51:10, “Create in me...
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7/1 2 Samuel 7 “Covenant”

2 Samuel 7 "Covenant" David wants to build a house for God. God has other plans for David. We have some questions to ponder this week: - Why does the author record David’s request? - What is God’s focus in His response? - How is God planning on fulfilling His promises? - How does David respond to God’s promises? - Why was David chosen in the first place? - And how can we live our lives in light of this reality? As the Lord leads, read and study the entire passage of 2 Samuel 7. Answer those questions above as you study and be prepared to interact with Scripture this Sunday. The memory verse that corresponds to Sunday School is Psalm 40:10 ...
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06/24 2 Samuel 6 “The Ark”

2 Samuel 6 “The Ark” David’s heart is to honor God and to centralize His worship throughout Israel. He is ready and excited about placing the Ark of the Lord within the context of Jerusalem, the capital of the nation. But he hits a snag. Uzzah reaches out to steady the Ark and dies. What does this mean? How does David respond? When the Ark reaches Jerusalem, why does Michal respond the way she does? The hope is to nail down the biggest questions: what does this passage say about God and His character and how it applies to us? As the Lord leads, read and study through 2 Samuel 6:1-23. The memory verse that corresponds with the Sunday School material is 2 Samuel 7:9, “And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the...
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6/17 2 Samuel 5 “The Reign”

2 Samuel 5 “The Reign” David is crowned king over the both the northern and southern portions of the kingdom. He has a monumental task on his hands, to unite and lead the country toward prosperity and safety. However, he has enemies surrounding Israel and within Israel. How does David go about this task? What are some of the major difficulties he runs into? How does God seek to work in and through David in the life of Israel? And most importantly, how does this apply to my life?  As the Lord leads, read through 2 Samuel 5 this week. Spend time studying and reflecting on the entire passage...
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06/10 2 Samuel 3 “The Ascension”

"The Ascension" 2 Samuel 3 David is not yet king of the Israel and Judah. He’s only king over the southern half of Israel. Civil war breaks out in the land. Battles fought. Political intrigues abound. How does David navigate these troubled waters? His final enemy is killed. How does David respond? What kind of man does this text describe David to be? How should that affect our lives? As the Lord leads, read through 2 Samuel 2:1-4:12 this week. Focus your studies on 4:1-12 as we will be spending a larger chunk of our time there. The verse for this week is 2 Samuel 3:6....
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6/3 2 Samuel 1 “Fallen”

2 Samuel 1 “The Fallen” David receives the report of Saul’s death in 2 Samuel 1. David’s rise to the throne looks clearer than ever before. What was David’s David do in response? Does he rejoice? Does he celebrate? No. Instead, David mourns for Saul. This Sunday we will be looking at David’s heart as he processes this news. What are the theological truths he would need to understand to react the way he does? How should these same truths affect our lives?  As you prepare for this Sunday, read through 2 Samuel 1....
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5/27 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 “Closings”

“Closing” 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 Paul has some final thoughts and challenges for the Church at Corinth. There is a collection that needs to be arranged, travel plans made and final greetings to give. Every word of Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. What are the biblical principles we need to take from this text? How does it reveal God’s character to our lives? How does our heart need to change? As the Lord leads, read and study 1 Corinthians 16 this week. ...
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5/20 1 Corinthians 14:1-40 “Tongues”

“Tongues” 1 Corinthians 14:1–40 We worship together as a Church. We have over a decade of experiences, participating in the familiar style, performing the ordinances and listening messages from Scripture. Imagine, though, we weren’t just a newer Church plant, imagine no one had experience at any Church. Definitely would be a different experience. The Church at Corinth was a newer body. They lacked roots in Church worship norms. Paul has clear guidance for how to conduct themselves. What principles should we take from these practices today? How should our heart be aimed when we approach worship? As the Lord leads, read through 1 Corinthians 14 this week. ...
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