Jon Furman - January 13, 2013

Gideon

This week in Woodinville our sermon was delivered by our special guest, Jon Furman. Jon is the associate pastor at Willamette Christian Church in West Linn, Oregon and long time friend of Pastor Darren Larson at Imprint Church. In our second sermon of the, “Wrecked! The Book of Judges” series, we look at the life of Gideon. Gideon was a man chosen by God to rescue the Israelites from the invading Midianite and Amalekite armies. If this were Sunday School, we would probably just tell the story of his army of 300 defeating an army of 100,000 by trusting in God’s strength. But there is a second side to that story that needs to be examined. After Gideon’s victory, a downward spiral begins where we see Gideon making the exact same mistakes we make in our own personal lives. We encourage you to listen to this Imprint Church sermon recording using the links below, or to fast forward to these key lessons from our Sunday sermon: 1. We often do what we think is right, not what God says if right. (2:45) 2. We want the benefits of a life lived closed to God without having to do the work. (8:00) (6:40) 3. We love what we can get, but not the person who gives it. (19:25) 4. Gideon mistook for faith as a process when he built the ephod, but what God wants is a relationship. God is not Santa Claus, he is our Father. (22:10) 5. We don’t want to take the time to get to know God, we just want to somebody to tell us what to do and how to do it. (27:00) 6. Often in our service to God, we give him our actions, but not our hearts. (29:15) 7. Don’t ever attempt to something FOR God. Only do things WITH God. God isn’t a little old lady who needs our help across the street. (34:20)

Scripture References: Judges 8:1-35

From Series: "Wrecked!"

The first sermon series of the year for Imprint Church in Woodinville, Washington was on the Book of Judges from the Old Testament. The Judges were men and women chosen by God to lead Israel out of oppression. The short comings of Judges like Samson, Gideon, Jephthath, and Barak are a great reflecting point in our own lives as we consider our relationship to God and our mission for Him.

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