Age of Heroes

Gideon

Introduction:
In our society, we are drawn to the stories of heroes, whether they are on the movie screen or in our community. Heroes entertain and inspire us to dream and live courageously. The Scriptures contain many people who are considered heroes. They are people who did extraordinary things in the face of tremendous obstacles. During our series, “Age of Heroes,” we are going to examine some of their lives. They inspire us, not because of their ability, but because of their great God. 

Questions:

1.  Our social media driven society places a high value on being extraordinary. What do you think is at the heart of this drive?

2.  Read Judges 6:12-17. How were God’s view of Gideon and Gideon’s view of himself different? What beliefs did Gideon have that may have shaped his view?

3.  Before taking on the army, God gave Gideon the task of destroying an idol in the area. Why do you think God gives us smaller tasks in preparation for something bigger down the road? How have you seen this play out in your own life?

4.  Read Judges 7:2. What are the ramifications on our lives when we claim the glory for what God has done? Read Phil 2:3-11. What stands out to you from Jesus’s example of humility?

5.  Pastor Chris said, “When God calls you, he is putting his reputation on the line. He will always come through.” How have you seen this played out in your life? How does this statement speak to our fear of the unknown?

Conclusion:

One of the evidences of God’s grace is that he invites us into his plan on earth. This plan is not something we can accomplish on our own, but something God in his grace empowers us to do. If we will trust God, be faithful to his call, and live for his glory, our lives will be anything but ordinary.