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This Sunday@ St Joe
Judges: Lessons of Hope and Warnings
Followers of Christ are hypocrites in recovery
Faithfulness goes up and down
Romans 7:21-25 is the story of every Christian
Judges describes the same problem among the Israelites
-Israel rebels against God
-God disciplines them
-God delivers them
Judges 2 describes this cycle of spiritual hypocrisy
-Joshua dies after leading Israel into the Promise Land
-God allows enemy nations to remain in their land to test and see if the Israelites would remain devoted to Him
-Israel fails the test many times
-God removes his protection and allows pagan nations to conquer the Israelites
-Israel repents and begs God for mercy
-God sends a Judge to deliver them from their enemies
-12 are discussed in Judges, Samuel is the 13th Judge
-Judge- leader (military and civil) who led alongside high priest
Key Observations from Judges 2
1. God keeps His promises
-He never broke his covenant with them
-He disciplined them by removing his protection
2. Temptations authenticate our faith in God
-Thorns- painful, uncomfortable
-Traps- enticing, enslaving
3. Faith must be given to the next generation
4. The world offers destructive imitations
-The Baals- collection of false gods
-Baal- fertility god
5. God uses spiritual leaders to rescue His people
-God calls the leaders he wants to use
-Many leaders would never be elected to lead by us
Lessons of Hope and Warnings from Judges
1. Trust God to keep his promises
-He will not break his covenant
-He will discipline his children
-He will send spiritual leaders to rescue us
2. Share Jesus with the next generation
-Let them see the power of Jesus in our lives
-Share our spiritual stories with them
-Pray with them and for them
-Explain to them how to find and follow Jesus Christ
3. Do not compromise!
-temptation is a subtle trap
-the cycle of rebellion and rescue are real!
-the cycle will be shorter and happen less if we:
-Continue to gather as a church family (no isolation)
-Trust God’s plan not the world’s plan for improving your life
-Flee youthful lusts- don’t dance with destruction
This week at St Joe
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