First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity

The Confrontation

After fleeing from Saul, David finally confronts the king of Israel. David’s response to Saul says much about his heart and his allegiance.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 23)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 11/12/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 23:29-24:22
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6hBADXv5PQ

Passing the Test and Patiently Waiting

Still fleeing from Saul, David continues to accomplish God’s will while facing betrayal from his own people. Yet even in this trial, God uses other godly men to encourage David.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 22)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 11/5/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 23:1-28
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCNzRCOQ5-4

David: Knocked Down But Not Out

David continues to flee from Saul and even waver in his faith at times. Yet he always returns to the Lord for refuge and strength.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 21)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/29/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 21:10-22:5
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH3gYsXWpdo

David’s Fading Faith

David resorts to deceit to get what he needs from Ahimelech, and this lapse of faith brings dire consequences.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 20)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 10/22/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 21:1-9; 22:6-23; Psalm 52
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKeZ3C8cS3g

God Is My Defence

As Saul continues to try to murder David, David seeks help and refuge from God Who delivers David through various means.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 18)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 9/24/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 19:1-24; Psalm 59
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd1XHy2xQrY

After the Victory Is Over

Chapter 18 provides an overview of what a believer can expect from life—the positive and negative—after gaining a spiritual victory.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 9/17/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 18:1-30
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7dCYkSZGLU

Long Before Goliath…

David was able to defeat Goliath because long before he faced this giant he walked with God and exercised faith in Him.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 17)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 8/27/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 17
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQ5IEsHy18

God’s Choice

While man often looks on the outside, God is looking at the heart. He seeks a man, woman, or child after His own heart.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 15)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/30/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 16:4-13
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGeWEV5S_Uo

Every Excuse in the Book (pt. 2)

When confronted by Samuel for not completely obeying God’s clear commands, Saul tries to come up with every excuse in the book.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 13)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/16/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 15:1-35
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmEYDQuva5E

Every Excuse in the Book

When confronted by Samuel for not completely obeying God’s clear commands, Saul tries to come up with every excuse in the book.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 12)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 7/9/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 15:1-35
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBDwhDWoNnA

A Wasted Opportunity (Part 2)

The Israelites wasted an opportunity to trust God and see Him work because they wanted a king like all the other nations.
[Series] First Samual: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 7)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 4/30/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 8:1-22
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIMxgpr9qgw

A Wasted Opportunity (Part 1)

Although Samuel was a godly prophet and judge, his actions played a part in Israel’s desire to be like all the other nations.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 6)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 4/23/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 8:1-9
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD9KSXl-W1A

The Heavy Hand of God

God’s “heavy hand” will rest on those who say “no” to Him, yet every person has an opportunity to avoid this reality.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt. 4)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 3/26/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 5:1-7:2
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT3c_cvcoa8

Opportunity from a Good Foundation

Samuel, Hophni, and Phinehas had a similar upbringing but took completely different paths in life. Their attitude toward God made all the difference!
[Series] First Samsuel: Lessons In Opportunity (pt 3)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 3/19/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 2:12-3:21
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPE-L29D-40

Opportunity in the Midst of Oppression

A clear contrast existed between Hannah’s approach to distress and the Israelites’ approach. One brought victory and the other brought defeat.
[Series] First Samuel: Lessons in Opportunity (pt. 2)
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 3/12/17
[Scripture Reference] 1 Samuel 1:1-18; 1 Samuel 4:1-11
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxQgBgC9fpQ

Introduction to First Samuel

An overview of the historical context of First Samuel and a survey of the book including its primary theme
[Series] First Samuel – Lessons in Opportunity
[Speaker] Pastor Matt Costella
[Date] 3/5/17
[Scripture Reference] Various Texts
[Youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fLaATeDRUE