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A CALL UNTO ABUNDANT LIFE                     1

A Call for Courage

Study Text: Judges 6: 6 - 14




-          The Lord has a plan for our lives. He knows all the details of every situation, and is committed to using each circumstance to glorify Himself and achieve His goals.

-          His plan for us includes an overall purpose as well as many smaller opportunities that guide us into His good and perfect will. Although He knows exactly where He’s leading us, from our perspective, it’s an unknown path.


A.        The Attributes of God:


1.         God is always willing to encourage us whenever we’re afraid, uncertain, or overwhelmed by opposition.

-            Gideon was an Israelite who faced all these challenges, yet the Lord faithfully helped him every step of the way.

2.         God calls those who He’s equipped for the task He has in mind.

-            Even before the Lord reveals what He wants us to do, He’s already prepared us for it.

 -          This principle is clearly displayed in Gideon’s life. Because of Israel’s disobedience, the Lord had allowed them to be harassed by the Midianites, who repeatedly overran their territory, destroying all the crops. That’s why Gideon was hiding in a wine press, until the angel of the Lord appeared to him, saying, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12). God knew the bigger plan of what He was going to do through Gideon.

3.         The Lord understands that we need courage. Vs 13 - 22

-            Although Gideon was promised victory, he wanted proof that God was speaking to him. -           We should never refrain from asking God for clarification when we’re uncertain if we’re hearing His voice rather than others’ opinions, or our own ideas. Once we’re sure, we’ll have the confidence to step out and do exactly what the Lord has told us.



4.         The Lord uses lesser challenges to prepare us for greater ones. Vs 25 - 26

-            Before giving Gideon the biggest assignment of his life, God gave him the smaller task of tearing down his father’s idols and building an altar to the Lord.

-           Although this was a dangerous act, which would anger the men of the city, Gideon passed the test and obeyed the Lord. Faithful obedience in every situation is crucial because God may be testing and preparing us for bigger opportunities.

5.         Even those who are courageous desire added assurance of God’s presence. 

-           The Lord knows our weaknesses and is faithful to provide whatever is necessary for our successful obedience.

-           Before Gideon delivered Israel from the Midianites, he requested a sign from God. The Lord understands our doubts, but we have something Gideon didn’t have—the Bible. We don’t have to throw out fleeces to make sure we are hearing from Him because we can trust His Word.

6.         God’s top priority is His glory. Judges 7: 1 – 6.

-            When we take credit for what He does in our lives, we’re exalting ourselves instead of Him. Although Gideon’s army was vastly outnumbered, God told him they were too numerous. -- To ensure that only He would get credit for the victory, God gave Gideon a battle strategy involving just 300 men with torches, pitchers, and trumpets.

-           When the Israelite army surrounded the enemy camp at night and suddenly blew their trumpets and smashed the pitchers covering the torches, the Midianites panicked and killed each other in their confusion.


B.        Lessons From the Story:

1.         Don’t underestimate what God can do in and through you. 

-           He can use anyone and anything to accomplish His purposes. When we walk obediently with Him, His power and presence assure our victory.

2.         God will always be with you in whatever He’s called you to do. 

-           You may feel helpless and inadequate, but you’re never alone because the Lord will never leave or forsake you (Heb. 13:5).

3.         The Lord is ready to give you assurance when you doubt Him.

-            He’ll work in your situation in a way that reinforces your trust in Him.

4.         His ways are often surprising and challenging, but they’re always the best.

-            The Lord may ask you to do something that seems totally unreasonable, but success is guaranteed because God is the one who gave the assignment.

5.         The Lord always works in a way that exalts and glorifies Him.

-       If you’re willing to die to yourself and surrender to God, He will powerfully display Himself through you by accomplishing more in your life than you ever expected.

 Conclusion: A courageous life begins with the Word of God and prayer. That’s where we hear His instructions and receive the mind of Christ. However, if we shut our Bibles, we’re also closing our minds to His encouraging words. God wants to work in and through us if we’ll just cleanse our hearts, surrender our lives, and walk obediently with Him in confident trust.





A CALL UNTO ABUNDANT LIFE                     2

A Call to Accountability

Study Text: Matthew 25: 14 - 30


-          As believers, we are accountable to God not only for what we do, but for the path we take in our lives.

-         Therefore, we must live in a manner that not only glorifies the Father and edifies others but also preserves and protects the sacred values we hold dear.

-         Parents should talk daily to their children about the things of the Lord (Deut. 6:7). Though our sins have been forgiven, we will still face consequences for the choices we make.

-         This can be seen vividly through Jesus' parable of the talents. The Lord gives us gifts, skills, resources, and talents, and we are responsible to use them in ways that honor Him. If we fail to do so, we forfeit our rewards in heaven.


A.        What is accountability?

-        Accountability means we are answerable to others, and we should accept this responsibility as a gift from God.

-        Not only does it provide a system of checks and balances that protect us from harm, but it also gives us unique opportunities to share our lives with others and encourage them.


B.        What biblical examples do we have concerning accountability?

1.       Adam and Eve—Genesis 3:8-19
2.       Samuel and Saul—1 Samuel 13:8-14
3.       Nathan and David—2 Samuel 12:1-14
4.       Jesus and Peter—Matthew 16:21-23


C.        Why is accountability important for our lives?

1.       Knowing that someone will ask about our conduct motivates us to do our best and encourages us to be good stewards of our time, talents, and resources. 
2.       When we're answerable to others, we are positioned for promotion. As those in authority review our work, they realize our potential.
3.       Accountability inspires and protects us and those we're closest to, which makes our relationships even stronger. 
4.       We must regularly face the truth about our attitudes and actions, and examine whether we are staying in the center of God's will. 
5.       Being responsible to the Lord and others challenges us to maintain high standards, godly convictions, a transparent heart, and a trustworthy character.


D.        Why do people resist accountability?


1.       Rebelliousness                                    2.         Slothfulness   3.         Fear of loss                

4.       Untrustworthiness                              5.         Pride


E.        What happens without accountability?


1.         We cannot do our best. 
2.         Our resources may be wasted. 
3.         Spiritual growth will be hampered. 
4.         There will be divisions in our most important relationships.
5.         We will miss opportunities, privileges, promotions, and rewards. 
6.         Others may feel free to take advantage of us.


 Conclusion: Accountability is absolutely necessary in every aspect of our life, starting with relationships in our family and among fellow believers. However, we must also hold others in society responsible for what they do, whether they are in the church, the schools, or the government. These are serious days for our nation and world, and as believers, we are charged with defending the faith and proclaiming the gospel of salvation—the only true path to freedom from sin and death. We know the truth, so we cannot keep silent about it. Rather, we're accountable to declare the truth as passionately, effectively, and fearlessly as we can.













A CALL UNTO ABUNDANT LIFE                     3

A Call to Godly Living

Study Text:  Romans 12: 1 - 2


-         God desires that every believer lead a righteous life. But our culture places a tremendous amount of pressure on Christians to "fit in."

-          The doctrines of our faith are often mocked and ridiculed in the public arena. Individual believers sometimes make spiritual or moral compromises in an attempt to be accepted.

-         How can we resist the secular influence of our time? In Romans 12:1-2, the apostle Paul reveals how to pursue holiness and resist compromise.

A.        God calls us to godly living.

1.         God's call to surrender our lives to Him as living sacrifices is reasonable because He redeemed us from spiritual darkness and adopted us as children. 

-           In Romans 12:1-2, Paul urges believers to give control of their lives to God in light of all He has done for us.

2.         We must make the choice to give control to the Father.

-           As God's people, we no longer have the right to run our own lives, but He still allows us to choose whether or not to surrender.

-           Your entire being—including your mind, will, and emotions—should be yielded to God. 

3.         We are called to be living sacrifices.

-           Becoming a "living sacrifice" means we allow the Holy Spirit to live through us. As we surrender to the Spirit's guidance and leadership, He empowers us to live a godly life.

4.         Our lives should be acceptable to God.

-           As believers, we ought to be different from the world. Our goal should be to act as Jesus did: forgiving, loving, and helping others—yet knowing when to speak the truth in love or share our faith. When we sin, we should be quick to confess and repent.
-           A godly lifestyle will attract some people to you, and it will drive others away. But sometimes the same people who resist the gospel will seek out a believer for help when life gets difficult.

B.        Those who live in a godly manner will face conflict with the world.

1.         Pressure from those in the world sometimes causes believers to compromise their convictions.

-           As individuals, Christians sometimes justify compromising the truth in this way: they claim they are "being a witness" by spending time with ungodly friends, even when that includes making unrighteous choices.

-           Instead, we should make sure our best friends are believers who take their faith seriously (2 Cor. 6:14-15, 17; 1 Cor. 15:33). Our highest priority should be to please God rather than to fit in with the world.

2.         Paul warns believers, "Do not be conformed to this 
(Rom. 12:2). 

-           The media frequently portrays the idea that if we become rich, attractive, influential, or famous, we will be happy and content. But none of these things guarantee joy. Don't let our culture shape your value system and determine your priorities.

C.        To resist conforming to the world's image, you must "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2). But how?

1.         Fill your mind with Scripture. It is through the Bible that we learn God's perspective.

2.         Focus on positive, righteous, and holy things (Col. 3:3; Phil. 4:8). This should include choosing friends and entertainment wisely.

3.         Apply biblical truth to your heart. As you go about your day, ask God to show you how to put into practice the principles of His Word.

4.         Practice the presence of the Lord. God is always with you. Ask Him to make you more sensitive to His presence. As you allow the Holy Spirit to live through you, He will help you withstand temptation and become more Christlike.

Conclusion: The key to living a godly life is full surrender. That means we must let God have complete control over our lives. The Lord is looking for faithful men and women who will stand up for truth in a world that is increasingly opposed to the gospel. Rather than base your standards on popular opinion, allow Scripture to set your values. Answer the Lord's call to a godly life, and you will never be the same.

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