Gideon online Bible study is a great way to spend your summer in the Word and in fellowship with other Christian women! We just finished reading week one in the Gideon workbook by Priscilla Shirer and this week we are having small group discussions on the reading assignment. I’ve already heard a few women mention that this study is “deep” and “filled with wisdom,” so I hope your book has arrived and you are reading one lesson each day. Remember the video sessions are optional, and the answers to these workbook pages are in the back of your book on page 189. Don’t get discouraged about the random questions based on the video, simply look in the back of the book or ask your small group leader for clarification.
The story of Gideon is only found in three chapters of the Bible, in the book of Judges. For those of you who use online Bibles, pull out a printed Bible this week and see where this book is located in your Bible. According to the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, the author of the book of Judges is unknown, although Jewish tradition attributes the book to Samuel, without evidence to support the claim. Most of the 12 Judges are from different tribes, as you saw on the chart in your Gideon workbook this week. Gideon’ story is recorded in Judges 6:1-8:35
Did you enjoy the walk through history this first week? Priscilla Shirer presented a few timelines, a family tree and even a circle of redemption to set the stage for our study. Powerful and impressive if you are a visual learner like me. I especially liked the chart on page 28, with the names of the Judges, identifying attributes and length of time.
We learned this week that the Spirit of the Lord came upon the Judges. “God hand picked people for the job who were terribly flawed, then empowered them to fulfill these roles in spite of their shortcomings,” writes Priscilla Shirer. Over and over the Bible teaches us that the Lord uses ordinary people for extraordinary purpose. You don’t need to be equipped to serve God, you need to be called by Him. You need to yield and allow the Holy Spirit to move in and through you, not just in a ministry calling but in everyday life. Really spend some time praying over your calling….and your role as a member of the family of God. May your words be pleasing to Him, may your heart reflect His love and Grace and may you shine the Light of Christ in everything you do.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 Message Version
Our Prayer Wall has many requests, so please take a minute and pray for these women. Post your own prayers and lift one another up with your words.
For Next Week
- Read Week Two in the workbook
- Listen to Audio Session Two or Video Session Two at Lifeway.com (optional due to cost)
Group Discussion- Answer here or with your small group
- QUESTION 1: What, if any, are the “iron chariots” of intimidation that keep you from moving forward in complete obedience to God’s Word? (page 11)
- On page 18, Priscilla Shirer writes “today’s difficulties are a result of yesterday’s disobedience.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- Is there anything God is leading you to completely annihilate in your life that may once have been healthy but is now unhealthy? Why might it be difficult for you to completely end it? (page 19)
- Which of the three functions of the judges would be most difficult for you: 1) unify the people of God 2) fight against the oppression of the enemy or 3) operate by the empowerment of God’s Spirit. Why? (page 29)
- What do you think has been most central to the moral decline in our day: failure to pass our faith to the next generation or failure of the next generation to receive it? (page 34)