A. I want us to focus on God’s army by drawing a parallel with Gideon’s army in Judges
B. Gideon was the fifth judge of Israel. The Lord instructed him to attack the Midianites
who had been in control of Israel for seven years. Judges 6:11-16
1. God reduced his army from 32,000 soldiers to just 300. Judges 7:1-7, 16, 19-21
C. Let’s look at three lessons from this unusual story.
I. God wants brave men and women in His army and not cowards.
A. The strength of God’s army isn’t determined by the size. Judges 7:3. (God reduced
army to 300). Example:
B. The strength of God’s army is determined by the conviction of the soldiers who
depend on Him. Judges 7:2; Ephesians 6:10-18 (866)
Girded with truth ____________________________________
Breastplate of righteousness ____________________________
Feet shod with preparation of gospel of peace ___________________
Shield of faith ____________________________________
Helmet of salvation ________________________________
The sword of the Spirit ______________________________
Prayer. Philippians 4:6-7
II. God’s army must be united.
A. Gideon’s solders acted as a unit. Judges 7:19-21 (205)
B. God’s people should be united. Christ prayer: John 17:20-23 (796). Paul taught:
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (841)
1:10-13 (841); Ephesians 4:1-6 (865)
III. God’s soldiers must carry out their responsibilities.
A. Gideon’s soldiers. Judges 7:21 (205)
B. There is a place for you in God’s army at Cold Springs.
B. Are you enlisted in God’s army? Would you like to be?