Gideon (English)

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The story of Gideon shows us that strength doesn't lie in numbers; it lies in faithfulness

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  • I’ll talk a little about the story, then say, “What do you remember about the story of Gideon?” As I go through the next several slides, it will be okay to lag behind a bit, that is, to go to the slide AFTER I say what is on it.

  • “The fleece”

  • “An army equipped with torches and trumpets”

  • “Or maybe we just think about the Bibles in hotel rooms...”


  • “But there’s more to the story than that!”


  • Stay with this slide until I mention something about the recurring theme of fear.

  • We’ll change slides when I say something like: “When the story begins...”

  • We’ll go to the next slide when I begin to talk about how Gideon also lived with fear in his life

  • I’ll say something like “For example, the first time that we see Gideon...,” which will be the cue to advance the slide

  • The cue to advance will be when I say something like “Further down in the story, we see another example of fear...”

  • The cue to advance will be when I say something like “Further down in the story, we see another example of fear...”

  • The cue to advance will be when I say something like “Even the famous story of Gideon and the fleece is actually an example of his doubt and fear.”

  • The cue to advance will be when I say something like “There is one more example from Gideon’s life where we see his fear”

  • Advance when I say: “Yet look how the angel greets him”

  • Advance when I say: “The LORD is with you mighty warrior”

  • I’ll say something like “We learn an important lesson from this,” and you can advance the slide

  • As I go through the next several slides, it will be okay to lag behind a bit, that is, to go to the slide AFTER I say what is on it.

  • “The army Gideon led was not a formidable one”

  • “When Gideon gave them the chance, 22000 went home.”

  • “From the 10,000 that were left, God chose 300”


  • “Gideon’s army went into battle with clay pots, torches and trumpets.”


  • Advance to the next slide when I say something like: “All of this teaches us another important lesson”

  • Your cue will be “Now, I have to admit, that this story isn’t for everyone. This story has little to offer to those of you that have it all together.”

  • Follow me on the next slides, going to them as I mention the key words:

  • “FEAR”

  • “DOUBT”

  • “FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY”


  • “THIS STORY HAS A GREAT MESSAGE.”


  • Continue advancing as I make these points:

  • “God’s work doesn’t depend on our strengths nor our talents”


  • “God’s work depends on us allowing Him to work through us”
  • Gideon (English)

    1. 1. Judges 6-7 Cowards, Clay Pots, and the Power of God
    2. 2. Gideon The fleece
    3. 3. Gideon The Torches fleece and trumpets
    4. 4. Gideon The Torches fleece and trumpets Hotel room Bibles
    5. 5. There’s more to the story than that!
    6. 6. Recurring Theme: Fear
    7. 7. When the story begins, the Israelites are hiding from the Midianites
    8. 8. Like his countrymen, Gideon lived a life of fear
    9. 9. When we first see Gideon, he’s hiding in a winepress (Judges 6:11)
    10. 10. When Gideon realizes that he has spoken with an angel, he is overcome with fear (6:22-23)
    11. 11. When Gideon tears down the idol, he does it at night out of fear (6:27)
    12. 12. The test of the fleece was done because Gideon was afraid (6:36-40)
    13. 13. Gideon went to spy in the Midianite camp because he was afraid (7:10-11)
    14. 14. Yet look how the angel greets him:
    15. 15. Yet look how the angel greets him: The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.
    16. 16. God sees us not as we are, but as we can be
    17. 17. The army Gideon led was not a formidable one
    18. 18. 22,000 went home when offered the chance (7:3)
    19. 19. From the 10, 000 that were left, God selected only 300 (7:4-6)
    20. 20. The army went to battle with clay pots, torches and trumpets (7:16-18)
    21. 21. God works through His power, not ours
    22. 22. This story has little to say to those of you that have it all together
    23. 23. But those of us that have wrestled with FEAR
    24. 24. But those of us that have wrestled with DOUBT
    25. 25. But those of us that have wrestled with FEELINGS OF INADEQUACY
    26. 26. this story has a great message:
    27. 27. God’s work doesn’t depend on our strengths nor our talents
    28. 28. God’s work depends on us allowing Him to work through us
    29. 29. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. II Corinthians 4:6-7
    30. 30. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. II Corinthians 4:6-7

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