Message Preview | Follow The Leader – Part 1

By Matt Dawson

During a season when our country is at odds with our current president and his leadership, we thought it would be an excellent time to discuss the principles of how God uses leadership and His desire to be the Leader of all.

Paul tells us in his first letter to the church of Corinth, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Follow-Slides[title]Our scriptural study during our “Follow the Leader” series is going to come from the book of Judges.

The time of Judges (Old Testament) was a unique time in the history of God’s people. It’s a time filled with war, rebellion, and God’s desire to see His people LIVE in the freedom of His Ideals and Instructions as they settle into the land of promise. However, just as we today often experience, God’s people struggled to allow only God to lead them and would rebel against His will and instructions causing nothing but oppression from their enemies and distress in their lives.

God would raise up “judges” (champions, warriors, and leaders) to help bring peace to the nation and point them back to God’s sole leadership of the nation.

Judges like Ehud, Deborah, Samson, Gideon, Eli, Jephtah, and Samuel. These men and women were chosen and gifted by God to help lead the people, but they were NOT perfect! They all struggled with faith, fear, and integrity in their own leadership.

The goal of this series is not only to help us recognize that we still serve a God who desires to be the SOLE LEADER in our lives, but also to understand the role of the leaders we are given. That even in their flaws, failures, and humanity, God is able to use all of it to accomplish His mission and will for those who trust God alone as their Lord.

Old Testament Stories | Gideon

By Matt Dawson

One of my favorite narratives in the Old Testament is the story of the man named Gideon.  The story of Gideon raises 2 questions that I believe are important for us to consider in our life of faith.

When Gideon is introduced in Judges 6 – we actually find him working in the field (in the bottom of a winepress, think hole in the ground) because he was living in fear of the Midianites.  Yet when the angel of the Lord shows up to speak to Gideon, he calls him out and says “Mighty Hero, The Lord is With You” (Judges 6:12).

Question #1: How would God address you if He walked up to you today?

What words would he use to describe you in your current state? “Loser, Slacker, Hypocrite, Failure, Liar, Cheater?”  Many of us don’t know how to answer this question.  We are not sure what He would call us – but it probably wouldn’t be MIGHTY HERO!

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