Lessons from Minors

Judges, Sermon Preparation

September 11, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 12:8-15
What lessons for us can we find, from these “minor” judges in these few verses?

Tuesday Joshua 10:12-14; Matthew 24:36-44; John 1:43-51; 9:3; 20:30-31
These passages show us that God communicates only what we need to know. How can we apply this?

Wednesday Matthew 2:13-23; Acts 12:1-17
How do these passages show us the “mystery of Providence”? How should that affect our attitudes towards others and our day to day living?

Thursday Job 38-42; Romans 9:14-24
Notice that after 35 chapters of Job asking “why”, God finally answers but does not explain why! What effect did God’s answer have on Job? What effect should it have on us?

Friday Deuteronomy 28:18-68
See here the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against God for His people Israel. Do you see any parallels in the book of Judges?

Saturday Matthew 25; John 5:24; Philippians 1:19-23; Revelation 21:1-4; 22:1-5
Death is a reality we all will face. How should we prepare for it? How should it affect the way we live?

The Rejected Savior

Judges, Sermon Preparation

August 28, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 10:17-12:7; Isaiah 53
Jephthah was a “rejected savior”.  Remind you of anyone? What does this teach us?

Tuesday I Samuel 16:1-13; Acts 9:1-22; I Peter 2:4
God often chooses and uses the one most of us would least expect. What can we learn from that?

Wednesday Judges 11:12-13; I Samuel 15:1-31; Mark 14:53-65
To be falsely accused is not new for God’s people. How should we respond to it?

Thursday Judges 11:29-40; II Samuel 11; Acts 5:1-11
Many argue that Jephthah would never literally sacrifice his daughter; it must mean something different, like celibacy for the Lord, etc. What do you think? What can we learn from this?

Friday Daniel 4; Matthew 20:20-28; Acts 12:20-23
How does pride affect our knowledge of God and our living a life of godliness? How does it affect your life? What do you do about it?

Saturday Judges 11:30-31; Numbers 20:10-13; Acts 14:8-18; Hebrews 4:14-16
There is only one perfect savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. How do we apply this in our daily lives?

A Continual Tension

Judges, Sermon Preparation

August 21, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 10:1-16; Romans 6:23-7:25
Read these passages: what is the continual tension of the Christian life? What should we do about it?

Tuesday Judges 10:1-2; Psalm 23; Isaiah 43:1-7; Matthew 28:18-20
What is our reason for hope in the Christian life?

Wednesday – Judges 10:3-5; II Samuel 11; Luke 22:54-62
What causes the tension in the Christian life? Again, what should we do about it?

Thursday Judges 10:6-16; Jeremiah 30; Romans 2:1-11; 11:22
What is the kindness and severity of God? How does it apply to us as Christians?

Friday Judges 10:11-14; Deuteronomy 28; Matthew 7:21-23
What can we learn from God’s warnings and threats in His word? How do they apply to us today?

Saturday Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:7-9; Hosea 11:8-9; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16
Bottom line, where does our hope and salvation come from? Who does it depend on?

It’s Hard to Walk the Talk

Judges, Sermon Preparation

July 31, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 8:22-32; Galatians 2:11-14; I John 3
What does it mean for Christians to “walk the talk”? Why is it so important? Why is it so hard?

Tuesday II Chronicles 16; 18:1-19:3; 26:16-23; II Kings 20:12-21
Consider Kings Asa, Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, and Hezekiah, who were generally faithful to the Lord but did not remain faithful to the end. What happened? What can we learn from this?

Wednesday Judges 6:28; Exodus 28:1-35; 39:1-26; I Samuel 23:9-12; 30:7-8
Consider the ephod along with the role of the Urim and the Thummim to discern God’s will. Why do you think Gideon made an ephod?

Thursday – I Samuel 4:1-11; Matthew 12:38-42; 16:1-4; Luke 16:19-31
Why is God’s word never enough for God’s people? Why do we always want more? Answer these questions from these passages.

Friday Jeremiah 15:1-9; Matthew 25; Romans 2:1-5
Notice that even though our Lord is patient and longsuffering and that this is the Day of Salvation, that there will come a day (the Day of the Lord) when final judgment will come. How can we apply this in our lives and our witness?

Saturday Psalm 23; John 14; Romans 8:31-39
Reading through the book of Judges it’s easy to be discouraged. It seems impossible to remain faithful and steadfast. What is our hope? Who is our hope?

Preparing for Salvation

Judges, Sermon Preparation

July 17, 2011 – Morning Worship

Monday Judges 6; Luke 3:1-18
How do we see God preparing Israel for deliverance in Judges 6? How does this apply to us?

Tuesday Judges 6:1; Deuteronomy 28; Hebrew 12:5-11
Israel should not have been surprised that they suffered for disobedience and covenant breaking. How can we apply this?

Wednesday Judges 6:1-10; 2 Samuel 12:1-15; Psalm 119:1-16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12
In Judges 6:1-10 we see Israel crying out for deliverance and God sending a prophet to proclaim His word before the deliverer is sent. Why do you think He did that? What can we learn from this?

Thursday Judges 6:10-14; Psalm 103:1-13; Romans 5:6-11
Judges 6:10 would usually be followed by a “therefore I will bring judgment” sentence. Here it’s followed by a call to Gideon to deliver Israel. What does this tell us about God’s grace?

Friday Judges 6:12, 13; Psalm 73; Malachi 1:2; Matthew 11:1-3
What is Gideon’s problem with God’s promise in Judges 6:12 (i.e. his question in 6:13)? Others have had the same question – i.e. as we see in these passages. What is the answer to Gideon’s question?

Saturday 1 Kings 18; Matthew 6:19-24
Why does God insist that we can’t serve two masters? How does that apply to us as Christians?