Book of Judges

Book of Judges

Book of Judges

Our Autumn 2017 on the Old Testament book of Judges.

Follow the series here, and be part of the discussion at our Home Groups.

Questions

Judges 1

  1. When have you found, or, when do you find it hardest to follow God’s commandments instead of your own common sense?
  2. Faith in God means that sometimes you must follow a less rational path. When have you had to be brave and radically obedient?
  3. Where are you saying to God ‘I can’t’ when you’re really saying ‘I won’t’?
  4. What do we want for the next generation? And what are we doing to make that a reality?
  5. What areas are you relying on your own strength instead of relying on God’s strength?

Judges 2

  1. How are you praying and sharing faith with the younger generation?
  2. We suggested the second generation’s failure to obey (Ch 2) was because of a failure to remember. How do you best remind yourself of what he has done?
  3. How much does God’s saving acts mean to you?
  4. Young people and even our peers are sensitive to inconsistency. What do you think is the importance marrying words and actions?
  5. Have you had seasons of life where the worship of God has co-existed with the worship of idols?
  6. Have you experienced testing that has been purposeful?

Judges 3

  1. Have you seen God work in surprising, unexpected ways?
  2. Do you have any stories or experiences of how God has used weakness to bring about victory?
  3. How do you feel when there is no set formula for how God’s will works?

Judges 4

  1. In 4:2 we spoke about Jabin and the renewed aggression of a familiar enemy. Are there areas of our lives where we fight the same battle? Is it because we never fully trusted or obeyed first time round? 
  2. We focused on Deborah: the only female judge. Comment on what you see in Jesus’ relationship with women. 
  3. Barak’s response in 4:8 is one humbling confession where he cannot go alone, and a sure confidence in the grace of God. Are we willing to rely on one another, submit to another; forgoing recognition to see His Kingdom come?
  4. On paper this should have been Israel’s most successful period but some ‘sat still’. How do we avoid just talking round the campfire and staying within our own 4 walls?

Judges 6

  1. Do you see the difference between regret and repentance? Are there things you have been regretful for, but not repentant?
  2. (6:7 ’the Lord sent a prophet’) Is there a sermon or prophetic word that has helped you respond to the Father in the way He longs for?
  3. Do you know—really know—who sends you and who goes with you?
  4. Are there times, or is there a particular area in your life (like Gideon’s), where you can’t imagine beyond your own human abilities?
  5. Mark 9:24 ‘I believe, help me overcome my unbelief’

Judges 7

  1. Has there been a time in your life where God has been glorified in your weakness?
  2. What needs to be reduced in your life, in the life of the Church, so that can never say we did it ourselves? (ref. 7:2)
  3. How firm are you standing? Where does fear have a grip? Where are you looking attention? (ref. 7:37:6)
  4. Where are you being challenged to step out in faith, finding his reassurance as you do so? (ref. 7:10-11)

Judges 8 - 11

  1. Over the past couple of Sundays we’ve seen that often the greatest problem for the people of God comes from within
    • where are we too quick to judge fellow Christians?
    • what differences do we use with Christianity to look down on others?
  2. We’ve talked a lot about idolatry in this series, in Gideon’s story we spoke about the danger of idleness. How do you keep yourself from remaining passive?
  3. As we get towards the end of Gideon’s story we see him become more concerned with personal agenda than God’s agenda and became trapped by personal ambition. How have you seen this play out in your own life or those around you?
  4. Thinking about the story of Jephthah, do you believe that God can redeem all your brokenness and use you to rescue others?
  5. How would you live differently, more radically, restfully if you really believed God was completely committed to you, to love you, to bless you and work what is best for you?
  6. Where have you or the Church allowed worldly attitudes/cultures to live alongside true beliefs?
  7. How well do you know Him?

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