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The Fallen Judge | For Week of December 11th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 15 – 16 Lesson 10: Samson, the Fallen Judge “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:14). The account of Samson closes in the way Samson lived – a combination of triumph and tragedy – but he remembered […]

The Strong Judge | For Week of December 4th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 13 -14 Lesson 9: Samson, the Strong Judge with a Big Weakness “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” (Psalm 119:133). Although Samson performed exploits for God, he succumbed to sinful desires. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and […]

The Controversial Judge | For Week of November 27th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges Chapters 10 – 12 Lesson 8: Jephthah, the Controversial Judge “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” (James 2:1). History is replete with public figures who both suffered rejection and gained recognition, who performed commendable deeds as well as dubious […]

Bad Attitudes | For Week of November 13th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 8 Lesson 6: Bad Attitudes “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). People of each generation must establish their own relationships with God. God has children, but He does not have grandchildren. A new generation cannot live on the spiritual experiences of […]

The Battle Is the Lord’s | For Week of November 6th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 7 Lesson 5: The Battle Is the Lord’s Gideon and his three hundred men had the all-powerful God on their side, but they still had to fight the enemy. Like them, we must trust in our Heavenly Father for victory over the enemies that try to make us ineffective Christians, and we […]

Putting Out the Fleece | For Week of October 30th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 6 Lesson 3: The Judge Who Put Out the Fleece [1] Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. This lesson introduces us to a mighty man of valour and a famous judge named Gideon. The Midianites had troubled and impoverished the Israelites, holding them in constant fear. Suddenly, an […]

A Strong Woman | For Week of October 23rd

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 4; 5 Lesson 3: A Strong Woman and a Well-Aimed Nail[1] Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. Again, Israel found themselves serving their enemies by falling prey to their sin. They rejoiced in their past victories, but forgot to learn from their mistakes. Nevertheless, the judge and […]

Kinds of People God Uses | For Week of October 16th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 3:7-31; 5:6 Lesson 2: The Kinds of People God Uses [1] Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. Our lesson this week will turn our attention to three judges God selected to deliver Israel from their enemies: Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar. Although the anger of God was hot […]

Choices and Consequences | For Week of October 9th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Scripture Reading Judges 1:1-3:6 Lesson 1: Choices and Consequences We begin our new lesson series this week, Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times: Judges and Ruth.[1] Please read the selected weekly Scripture before arriving to your LifeGroup. This adult Bible study will challenge us to think about the far reaching impact of our decisions. Israel […]

Faith: Some Better Thing | For Week of October 2nd

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

The conclusion of this exemplary chapter causes us to reflect on the impact of obtaining a good report through faith. Many witnesses before us illustrated faith in some aspect. They died in hope, waiting to receive their promise of some better thing to come. Thank you for taking a moment to view this week’s LifeGroup lesson. We […]

Faith Conquering Through God | For Week of September 25th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Many believers mentioned in Hebrews 11 suffered greatly because of their faithfulness to God. These individuals valued faith above their comfort, often beyond their physical health. Furthermore, Bullinger reminds us: “Certain as were their present sufferings, God’s Word was no less certain, and their faith enabled them to prefer the certain future and glorious resurrection […]

Rahab: Faith’s Conclusion | For Week of September 18th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

Rahab is yet another example of one who heard of the works of God. She was not a Hebrew, but rather a Gentile harlot. Her reputation did not prevent her from exercising faith by peacefully hiding the Hebrews who came to spy out Jericho. Rahab knew that her city was prepared for destruction, promised to […]

Israel: Faith’s Obedience | For Week of September 11th

by Pastor Jeremy DeSpain

The author of Hebrews highlights two events within Israel’s history that demonstrated their faith through obedience, corresponding with the faith of Abraham. First, they passed through the Red Sea. Second, they watched the walls of Jericho fall down. Abraham was called to go out; Israel was commanded to go forward. They believed the promise they […]