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Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"   Nov. 11-16
Judges 14-15: The Need for Conflict

Warming Up to God
What conflict do you see between the church and the world today? In what ways do you feel caught up in that conflict?
Read Judges 14-15

Discovering the Word
•    What did Samson's parents seem to expect their son would be like (14:1-4)?
•    What did Samson's marriage and subsequent acts of vengeance accomplish (14:19—15:8)?
•    What do Samson's actions reveal about his character?
•    What attitude did the men of Judah have toward the Philistines (15:9-13)?
•    Samson was the only judge without an army. All of his exploits were performed single-handedly. What does this tell you about the moral and spiritual condition of Israel?

Applying the Word
•    What similarities do you see between Israel's situation and the moral and spiritual conditions of today?
•    What action might God be calling you to take that would be in conflict with the ways of the world?

Responding in Prayer
Pray that the Christian church will be united in facing conflict with a world that rejects God.

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.



Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"   Nov. 4 - Nov. 9
Judges 13: God Forges a New Tool

Warming Up to God
Imagine yourself as God's tool. How would you describe yourself? For example, would you say that you are in the toolbox waiting to be used? misplaced and can't be found? in God's hands? Or being used for someone else's project?
Read Judges 13
Discovering the Word
•    What did God require of Manoah, his wife and Samson (vv. 4-5)?
•    How would keeping the Nazirite vow have prepared Samson for God's service?
•    What does God's second visit to Samson's parents add to the first (vv. 9-21)?
•    What does God reveal about himself to Samson's parents, and what does he hold back (vv. 16-21)?
•    Why were Samson's parents afraid when they realized they had seen God (vv. 22-23)?
Applying the Word
•    What does this passage teach you about how God prepares us for service?
•    How has God prepared you for his service?
Responding in Prayer
Ask God to make you a useful tool in his service.


Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.


Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"  Oct. 28 - Nov. 2
Judges 11-12: God's Dysfunctional Family

Warming Up to God

What effect do past pains have on your current relationships? Prepare your heart for God's healing through the story in this passage.

Read Judges 11-12
Discovering the Word
•    Imagine that you are a psychologist and that Jephthah and the people of Israel have come to your office for family counseling. What problems do you see in this family?
•    What expectations did Jephthah and the people of Gilead bring to their reconciliation (11:4-11)?
•    Why did Jephthah make and keep his tragic vow to God (11:30-35)?
•    After winning a great victory and sacrificing a beloved daughter, Jephthah still did not find the approval he craved (12:1). How does Jephthah deal with this latest rejection?
•    Even though God provided a great victory, the characters in this story were unable to celebrate or appreciate it. How did their dysfunctions prevent them from celebrating God's mighty act?

Applying the Word
•    How have you dealt with rejection in your life?
•    When have your own relational dysfunctions caused you to miss celebrating a gift from God?
•    How could changes in the way you relate to other people make a positive difference in the way you relate to God?

Responding in Prayer
Pray that God will build you into a person of gentleness and discernment so that you can show acceptance to others.

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.


Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"   Oct. 21-26

Judges 9: Integrity Lost
Warming Up to God
When have you felt pressured to make a decision you were uncomfortable with?


Read Judges 9
Discovering the Word
If you were assigned the task of writing an obituary for Abimelech, what would you say about him?

When the people offered to make Gideon their king, he turned them down (8:22-23). His children apparently didn't feel the same way. What dilemmas did this present for the people of Shechem (vv. 1-6)?

What truths was Jotham attempting to illustrate by his fable (vv. 7-15)?

Jotham had shouted, "If then you have acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today, may Abimelech be your joy, and may you be his, too!" (v. 19). What prevented this blessing of joy from occurring?

How was Jotham's prophecy in verse 20 fulfilled?

Applying the Word
The story ends by stating, "Thus God repaid the wickedness" (v. 56). What does this passage teach you about God's justice and integrity?
What do you as a citizen learn from this passage about the importance of choosing leaders who have integrity?

Responding in Prayer
Pray that your spiritual leaders and elected officials would be people of character and integrity.

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.


Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"   Oct. 14-19

Judges 6:33-7:25: Building Faith
Warming Up to God
How has John White's definition of faith been true in your life?
Read
Discovering the Word
•    Gideon called the people to battle (6:34-35) before he laid out the fleece (6:36-40). What do you think would have happened if he had asked for the proof first?
•    Many people have sought spiritual guidance by asking for a specific sign. Because they base this on what Gideon did, this practice is sometimes referred to as "fleecing." What does Gideon's experience teach you about this practice?
•    How would Gideon have felt when over two-thirds of his men went home (7:3)?
•    How were Gideon and the Israelite army like a barley loaf (7:13-15)?
•    How was Gideon changed by these events (7:15-25)?
Applying the Word
•    How do you seek God's guidance?
•    How has God given you encouragement when you wavered in your faith?
Responding in Prayer
Pray that God will give you faith to carry out the tasks that he has for you.

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.


Restoring the Word - "A Study in Judges"   Oct. 7-12

Judges 6:1-32: Real Repentance
Warming Up to God
In what ways was God at work in your life even before you met him?
Read Judges 6:1-32
Discovering the Word
•    Imagine life during the years of Midianite occupation (vv. 1-6). What about this situation would have been most distressing to you?
•    When the Israelites finally cried out to God, he first sent a prophet (vv. 7-10). What evidence is there that the Israelites' repentance was not real?
•    Compare the words of God to the words of Gideon in verses 7-15. How did Gideon's view of the problem and its solution differ from God's?
•    How did the miracle of verse 21 change Gideon?
•    God's first command to Gideon was to tear down his father's altar to Baal (vv. 25-27). How did Gideon's obedience differ from God's intention?
•    How could true obedience have made an even greater impact on Gideon's family and community (vv. 28-30)?
Applying the Word
•    When has your repentance and obedience been less than complete?
•    What have been the results of false repentance in your life?
Responding in Prayer
Take some time to thank God for his initiative in your life. Ask him to guide you to true repentance.


Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.

Restoring the Word-"A Study in Judges" Sept. 30-Oct. 5
Judges 4: Trust and Betrayal
Warming Up to God
What people and things have you assumed would be there to rescue you if you needed them?
Read Judges 4
Discovering the Word
•    What gifts and skills did Deborah possess (vv. 4-14)?
•    What difference did Deborah's presence make during a godless period of Israel's history?
•    Why was it wrong for Barak to ask Deborah to go with him (v. 8)?
•    What assumptions did Sisera make regarding his safety (vv. 15-21)?
•    How did each of the things Sisera trusted to protect him fail?
Applying the Word
•    Consider where each of the leading characters of this story—Deborah, Barak, Jael and Sisera—put his or her trust. Which of them are you most like? Why?
•    What has this study helped you to discover about your trust in God?
Responding in Prayer
Ask God to show you where your trust is. Ask him to be the stable foundation of your trust.


Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.


Week 2 – Judges – Week ending September 29, 2013
Judges 3:12-31: A Left-Handed Leader
Warming Up to God
What would happen in your life if you gradually stopped worshiping God? Ask God to use this passage to strengthen your character through your worship.
Read Judges 3:12-31
Discovering the Word
•    How do the attitudes and emotions of the Israelite people change in this story (vv. 12-15, 27-30)?
•    The conquering Moabites attempted to keep Israel weak by forcing them to pay a heavy tax called tribute. In verses 15-19 Ehud delivers the tribute to King Eglon. How does this picture highlight the painful consequences of poor choices?
•    Why do you think the Bible gives such a gory description of how Israel was saved?
•    Which of Ehud's qualities did God use in fulfilling his plan?
•    Ehud's left-handedness was considered to be a handicap. What does this tell you about God's surprises?
Applying the Word
•    The Israelites paid a high price for ignoring God. What has been the price of your bad choices?
•    Which of your weaknesses would you be surprised to find God developing into assets?
•    What has this story taught you about the way back to God?
Responding in Prayer
What bad choices have you recently made? Make confession a part of your prayer as you ask God to build your character

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.



Week 1 - Judges - Week ending September 22nd, 2013
Judges 2:6-23: The Cycle of Misery

Warming Up to God
It is said that "no one touches a hot stove twice." What "hot stoves" have plagued your life?
Read Judges 2:6-23
Discovering the Word
•    What cycle of behavior do these verses describe?
•    How did the second generation differ from the first (vv. 10-15)?
•    What does God's work through the judges reveal about his character (vv. 16-19)?
•    Why do you think the Israelites refused to listen to the judges?
•    In what ways did God use and control the enemies of Israel (vv. 20-23)?
Applying the Word
•    When are you likely to refuse to listen to godly advice?
•    The cycle of misery which trapped these Israelites is still at work today. How has the cycle of disobedience—distress—rescue—disobedience affected you?
Responding in Prayer
Consider how you might be currently disobeying God. Let your memories of his past faithfulness to you call you back to obedience.

Taken from the Quiet Time Bible Guide edited by Cindy Bunch.  Copyright ©2005 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60187.   www.ivpress.com.