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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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Timeline of Truth: The Victory of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 7:1-8:12)

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Victory of Gideon, the Faulty Judge (Judges 7:1-8:12)
God continues to work through a fearful Gideon. God whittles down the responding army of 32,000 to only 300. He then orders Gideon to attack the Midianites. God does allow Gideon to go listen in on an enemy outpost, which fortifies Gideon’s faith. Then these 300 surround the enemy camp of 135,000 troops with trumpets and torch-containing pitchers as “weapons.” On signal, this tiny army of men break the pitchers (revealing the torches), shout, and blow their trumpets. God does the rest. God has the power to do much with little. 

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Timeline of Truth: Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)
We begin the first of four lessons related to a well-known deliverer:  Gideon. Israel continues “the sin” by serving other gods. God delivers them into enemy hands again, this time, into the hands of the Midianites. Israel cries out to God because of the oppression by the enemy. God graciously raises up another “fighting rescuer,” Gideon. In this chapter of the Bible, we see God’s patient process of raising up a leader through a gradual process. God labels Gideon by the outcome he can be through God’s help: “Might man of valor.”

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Timeline of Truth: Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)
Through Deborah’s prophetic prompting, Barak obeyed God and defeated the occupying, oppressive enemy of Israel. Deborah and Barak sing a song, and the song recounts details that we did not find in Chapter 4. Two key lessons we draw from the song: (1) Leaders need to lead willingly and people need to follow willingly to experience God’s blessing; (2) Our scope of responsibility extends beyond our own needs, but also extend to the needs of others.

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Timeline of Truth: Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)
This study of Judges 4 introduces us to an unusual figure, Deborah the prophetess, and her prompting of God’s deliverer, Barak. Barak seemingly was refusing God’s direction to assemble an army. God used Deborah to encourage Barak to obey God, and to defeat completely the occupying enemy army. Because of Barak’s reluctance, God tells Barak that he will lose the glory normally enjoyed by such a defeat. A woman will receive the glory, and that’s exactly what happened.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor
From our summer study of “God’s Leaders in the Church,” we looked at two areas of pastoral responsibility: leading and feeding. In this study, we examine 15 biblical leading responsibilities assigned to pastors.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?
Adding to our Wednesday series, we examined a chapter written by our pastor relating to bi-vocational ministry – pastors who work part-time or full-time while serving as a pastor. We discuss the Biblical logic for bi-vocational ministry as the norm. We then look at numerous benefits as well as some drawbacks. This presentation is not the end of the discussion, but it certainly helps to get it started.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?
We begin a topical series for our combined Wednesday evening study sessions. In this first study, we examine the title of “bishop,” its meaning, and the two other words that relate to the same position. We also briefly look at why the three terms – bishop/overseer, pastor/shepherd, and elder are all terms that identify the same leadership position in the church.

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Timeline of Truth: The Remaining Tribes’ Inheritance, the Cities of Refuge, and the Levites (Joshua 19:1-21:42).

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: The Remaining Tribes’ Inheritance, the Cities of Refuge, and the Levites (Joshua 19:1-21:42)
Israel finishes dividing up the land.  Through the process, we see examples of true leadership, accountability, and delegation.  God’s plan is always best and when we follow it, we see God working in our lives.

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Timeline of Truth: Ephraim, West Manasseh, the Delaying Tribes and Benjamin (Joshua 16:1-18:28)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Ephraim, West Manasseh, the Delaying Tribes and Benjamin (Joshua 16:1-18:28)
Joshua continues to divide the land between the tribes of Israel.  Two tribes are unhappy with the size of their inheritance., seven tribes have not done their part in possessing their inheritance and some of the Canaanites still remain in the land.  Joshua leads the people to do God’s will in claiming the inheritance promised to them.

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