Jehovah Shalom – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘Jehovah Shalom’ based on Judges 6:11-24.
  1. The Lord INITIATES peace
  2. The Lord CONFIRMS peace
  3. The Lord DEFENDS peace

ICEBREAKER:What tells you the most about a person?

1. Judges 6:1-10 records the historical background to the story of Gideon. Why was Israel suffering [6:1], what were the consequences [6:2-6], and what spiritual issues did the nation need to address [6:7-10]? How does this apply to us today [cf. Deuteronomy 28:49-52; Joshua 24:14-15; and 2 Kings 17:7-20]?

2. The unnamed prophet of Judges 6:8-10 reminded the broken Israelite nation of how God had delivered them from Egypt and entered into a covenant relationship with them. But they had been unfaithful. What is the value of regularly reminding ourselves of God’s salvation [cf. Jonah 2:1-9; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and 2 Peter 1:10-15]?

3. Gideon appeared weak, but the LORD called him a “mighty man of valour” [Judges 6:11-12]. How does God’s promised presence in your life encourage you to trust Him in the middle of life’s challenges? Consider also Joshua 1:5; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 28:20; and Hebrews 13:5-6

4. Gideon’s story demonstrates that our God works through the weak to overcome the strong [Judges 6:13-16]. Why do you think God accomplishes His will in this way [cf. 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; and Hebrews 11:32-34]?

5. What is signified when a person gives an offering to the LORD [Judges 6:17-19]? What does it indicate when the LORD accepts an offering from His people [6:20-21]? Look up Leviticus 9:22-24; Romans 12:1; and 1 John 2:1-6 as well.

6. The various names of God throughout the Scriptures reveal His character. How is God’s name, “Jehovah-Shalom”, meaning “The LORD Is Peace” [Judges 6:24], calming your anxious thoughts during these days of crisis? Meditate on Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 26:1-3; John 16:33; and Philippians 4:6-7 for greater insights.

7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“The happy sequence culminating in fellowship with God is penitence, pardon, and peace — the first we offer, the second we accept, and the third we inherit.” (Charles H. Brent)