In this first lesson from the gospel of Mark, we begin by examining the who, what, when, where, and why of the book. We then turn our attention to Mark 1:1-20, discussing the role of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus, the beginning of Jesus' preaching ministry, and the call of the first disciples. We consider the call of the gospel and we ask what true abandon looks like in our culture.
In this final lesson from the book of Judges the depravity of the people will reach tragic and horrific depths. Their downward spiral of wickedness in chapters 19-21 points to their need for a better and true Judge and Deliverer, a true and righteous King.
The Biblical narrative of Samson continues in Judges 16. Samson's recklessness escalates, as does his inability to resist beautiful women. His story closes on a pitiful note but one that gives us hope in the day of trouble when we too despair of being beyond the grace of God.
After studying Samson's nativity in the last lesson, we continue his story in Judges 14 and 15. We will seek his weaknesses and his willfulness on full display! But the Lord is at work and His purposes will prevail. He will use Samson to begin to deliver His people from the Philistines, just as He promised.
In our lesson covering Judges 10:6-12:15, we discuss one of the saddest and most foolish vows in all of the Bible. The book of Judges continues to instruct us in the escalating nature of sin and rebellion and the tyranny of idolatry. Our souls are desperately sick and hopelessly enslaved apart from the Lord's deliverance!
Our lesson will cover the conclusion of Gideon's story in Judges 8. What an interesting and conflicted character! Judges 9 will then show us the escalation of Israel's downward spiral into apostasy and rebellion under the leadership of Gideon's son Abimelech. We discuss the sobering lessons the Bible has for us in the horrific circumstances of Judges 8 and 9.
In this lesson we focus on Gideon and Judges 6. The angel of the Lord hails Gideon as a mighty man of valor and yet his actions seem to indicate he is anything but. We will also discuss what we are to make of the laying of the fleece and how Gideon's requests for signs instruct us.