Here We Go Again (Part II)

(Judges 4:4-10 Pas. Baines, Jr. 8/2018)

Introduction: Unfortunately, there are still those who doubt God’s using women to do great things. Notice that when God responded to the cries of His people in Judges 4, He sent Deborah as prophet and judge. This discussions centers around how, “We should learn from Deborah’s example.”

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Key Points:

1. We should share God’s word with our lips. Notice in Judges 4:4 that Deborah is a prophet. As such, she was to tell others what the Lord told her.

First, every disciple is called to tell others, what the Lord has said. Prayerfully studying the Bible (see II Tim. 3:16) with a mind to obey it is the best way to hear what God is saying to us.

Second, at the core of God’s will are the issues of salvation (see Jn. 3:16) and living by the great commandments. The great commandments are to love God with all that we have to love others, as we love ourselves (see Mk. 12:29-31).

Third, as disciples, we should be able to share and explain the ideas of salvation and the chief commandments. It should not take us 2, 10, or 20 years to be able to share and explain such basic concepts. Let’s work on sharing God’s word regarding salvation and the chief commandments. 

2. We should share God’s word with our lives. Notice that passages like Matthew 5:13-16 and 7:20 support how important our life styles are. When what we say with our lips is different than how we live our lives, people look at our lives more than they listen to what comes out of our lips.

Let’s work on being living examples of people who are saved and striving to live by God’s commandments. Obviously, living as a mean person is out of order. However, our failure to live by God’s word is distracting also. Our lack of participation says volumes about our commitment to God. 

3. We should serve in our community. Notice in Judges 4:4 that Deborah was a judge. The role of the judge in its broadest sense was to give some leadership to the community as one anointed by God. 

God is calling disciples to be a part of helping our communities be more of what He is calling them to be (see Mt. 5:13-16). We can live by this application, by being responsible voters who encourage others to do the same.

We can volunteer, give to, and urge others to do the same with community organizations. We can urge especially our young people to pursue political office and public service. We can support our church’s efforts to be a partner in the community. Let’s work on letting God use us to make our communities better. 

4. We should serve in our families. Notice in Judges 4:4 that Deborah was the wife of Lappidoth. On one hand, marriage is not for everyone. But on the other hand, disciples still have family ministry.

If we have parents (see Eph. 6:2-3), siblings, relatives, and/or friends, we have some Christian duties to perform. We should not be guilty of being super church members or great community workers but terrible family members.

Family is foundational to church and community. Let’s work on carrying out our family duties. 

5. We should strive for harmony in our lives. Notice in Judges 4:4 that Deborah was a prophet, wife, and judge. On one hand, we should strive to do a great job with sharing God’s word, serving in our communities, and carrying out our family ministries.

But on the other hand, we only have 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And we are getting older and a little slower every year - smile. Perhaps instead of seeking balance (i.e., giving each role equal amount of time and energy), we need to seek harmony – giving each role the time and energy needed based on priorities and available resources.

Harmony realizes that there will be times when you need to give more to one role than the other. And there will be times when you need to take a break, even though community, family, and church are calling for more. Our personal stewardship of our mindsets, health, and finances is non-negotiable to sustained and ongoing ministry.

Thank God passages like James 1:5 and John 19:30 support the ideas that we can still away, pray, get focused on God’s priorities for our lives, and then finish “first things, first.” Let’s work on striving for harmonious pursuit of God’s priorities for our lives. 

What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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