The next major Judge introduced in our “Wrecked!” sermon series is Jephthah. Now if you live near Woodinville and attend Imprint Church, you know that we have spent the past two weeks looking at the character of Gideon, Barak & Deborah in the book of Judges. Judges presents us with the recurring cycle of the Israelites: Sin > Repentance > Deliverance > Peace, then the cycle starts over.
With Jephthah, we see the story of a man who offers only part of his life to God. While Jephthah succeeds in winning a war against the Ammonites and becoming the leader of Israel, he also succumbs to making a rash vow to God that results in the loss of his only child.
Here are some of the key points from this week’s sermon on Jephthah along with the time in the recording where you can learn more about it:
1. God’s approval in one area of our life is no guarantee of His approval in all the areas of our life. (8:08)
2. God wants all of us today. God wants our hearts, our minds, our actions… He wants it all. (11:40)
3. If this is the kind of story that makes you say, “I don’t want to follow a God like that.” But let us set something straight … Description does not equal Prescription in the bible. (24:10)
4. Just because there are areas of our life where we have victory, doesn’t mean that every area of our life will have victory as well. (31:35)
5. Don’t we all have areas of our life that we don’t allow God to rule? Where we make our own decisions? We leave God out because we can think we can do it on our own. (31:36)
6. Following Jesus part-way is like taking up smoking to lose weight. It doesn’t make sense. (39:20)
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.