Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor, Creative Arts/Students
Chapter 8 of The Story covers some amazing leaders with some amazing adventures. Men and women like Deborah, Gideon, and Samson, to name just a few. Each of these great stories provide their own opportunities for application and contemplation. Most intriguing to me however, is the way the people of Israel act throughout the book of Judges. We find God’s people stuck in a rut. Specifically, they find themselves trapped in a continuing cycle of sin–>consequences–>repentance–>redemption. Then repeat. Over. And over again.
Why did they get trapped in this cycle and why do we get tempted by it today? I suspect the answer is found in a contrast from the book of Judges. In Judges 17:6 we learn that “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes” (NLT). Contrast that with what we see in Judges 2:11 that “…the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord…”
This begs the question: Do you see what God sees?
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Verses and quotes from the message:
Judges 2:10, 2:16-20, Matthew 5:43-45a, 22:19-21, Luke 9:23, Joshua 5:13-14a, Matthew 5:45b, Luke 2:52
How do you see:
“The gospel ought not to be treated as we would a new brand of toothpaste that must conform to our tastes before we accept it. We are called, rather, to conform our lives to the gospel.” Robert Brimlow
“You will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change.” Earl Nightingale
“Save us from these comforts. Break us of our need for the familiar. Spare us any joy that’s not of You, and we will worship You.” 18th Century Puritan Prayer
Your Love Never Fails – Anthony Skinner
At Your Name – Phil Wickham
Oceans – Hillsong
It is Well with My Soul – Horatio G. Spafford