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February 5, 2017

Sermon: Gideon: God’s Call

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Scripture Lesson

Judges 6:11-16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-28

The Calling of Gideon
Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.’ Gideon answered him, ‘But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, “Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Midian.’ Then the Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.’ He responded, ‘But sir, how can I deliver Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’ The Lord said to him, ‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.’

The Midianite Oppression
The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian for seven years.

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gideon: God’s Call
Judges 6:11-16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-28

I. Introduction—Hagar the Horrible
II. Series: Gideon
III. Background (Judg. 6:2-16)
     A. The times (6:2-4, 1200-1020 BC)
     B. The man (6:11, 15)
IV. Gideon’s commissioning (Judg. 6:11-16)
     A. God calls (6:12)
     B. God sees us for what we will be
     C. God commissions (6:14)
     D. Gideon objects (6:15)
     E. God reassures (6:16)
     F. Success depends on God
V. Whom does God call? (1 Cor. 1:26-28)
     A. The foolish and weak (1:26-28)
     B. Us
VI. Conclusion: “Alone Yet Not Alone” (2013), Joni Eareckson Tada


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