Episode 14: Sampson (pt. 2)

Break the Ice. In your reading of Samson this past week what similarities or parallels have you found with Jesus?  Bring the Word. Read Judges 13:1-5; Luke 1:26-34; and Matthew 1:21. What similarities do you find between these accounts? [Birth announced by angel;  barren womb …

Episode 13: Sampson (pt. 1)

Break the Ice. If you could have any superpower what would it be? What would you be willing to give up to get that superpower?  Bring the Word. Read Judges 13: 1-5 There is a pattern throughout Judges where the Israelites fall away rom God, …

Episode 12: Bargaining with God

Break the Ice. What’s the best bargain you’ve ever received on a purchase? What’s one tip you’d give someone to bargain better?    Bring the Word.  There are times to bargain (buying a car), and times not to bargain (buying milk). But what about bargaining …

Episode 11: Gideon in God’s Victory

Break the Ice. How well does light shine through a solid wall?  How well does light shine thought a broken vessel?  Bring the Word. Information Toolbox: The modern thinking is, “I can do anything I set my mind to.” What a lie! No matter how hard …

Episode 10: Gideon’s Fleece

Break the Ice.  If you could only put one topping on vanilla ice cream, what would it be?? Bring the Word. Read Judges 6:11-18 What does God want Gideon to do? (verse 14)  How does Gideon object? Notice that Gideon doesn’t ask for a sign …

Episode 9: Ehud

Break the Ice.  Tell us everything you know about Ehud! Which of the following statements is true? Ehud was an old-testament king who spoke 3 languages.  Ehud was left handed and secretly stabbed a fat king in the belly. (true!)  Ehud was a dessert wanderer …

Episode 8: The Judgement Mercy Cycle.

Break the Ice.  What are some patterns in life that are extremely predictable? Bring the Word.  A very predictable pattern emerges in the book of Judges. Israel rebelled against God. God brought judgment upon the people through oppression. God heard their cry and raised up …

Episode 7: Who will you serve?

Break the Ice. Play a memory game! First, ask this question: How many names do you think we can remember out 15 random names? Call out the following random set of names, and see how many your group can remember.  Lauren, Emily, Greg, Cathy, Fred, …

Episode 6: The Great Deception

Break the Ice. When you’re browsing the internet, how do you distinguish fake news stories from true news stories? What’s really at stake here? Why is fake news a problem? Bring the Word.  The Gibeonites go to great length to make it appear as though they’ve travelled …

Episode 5: Defeat at Ai

Break the Ice. Are you the risk-taker or the scaredy cat? Are you the rule follower, the rule bender, or the rule breaker? Bring the Word.  Israel is coming off a championship type win at Jericho. As the underdog, they’re living on the hype of …

Episode 4: Conquering Jericho

Break the Ice. What is the most bizarre thing you’ve ever eaten? Would you eat contaminated brownies? Bring the Word.  Jericho was one of the oldest cities in the world. It was well fortified and had a wall completely surrounding it — some places up to 25’ …

Episode 3: Do it Again!

Break the Ice. What sports team comes to mind when you think of back to back championships? Which is more difficult: To win a championship once OR to win a championship again? Why is it not always easier to do something of significance the second …