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Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 3)

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Week 3: Who Do You Think You Are?

Summary: Who you are and who you believe yourself to be are important considerations. More important than that, however, is who God says you are and who He has called you to be. God has a way of challenging each one of us to see beyond where we are. He positions us to witness His greatness and in turn to see our own greatness through Him.

From Priscilla to Us:

“Yahweh’s perspective of us is often so unbelievable, so foreign to our own belief system and conduct that it can be like a bolt of lightning striking our desensitized souls. It jolts us away from the misplaced shadows of our experience into the truth of God’s reality.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Read through the following Scriptures and summarize what the LORD is saying.

- Joshua 1:9

- Psalm 138:3

- 2 Corinthians 3:5-6

2) Read the lesson material from Week 3 in your member book. (Week 3, Day 1 – The Key To Our Strength – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Sit down in a quiet place and spend some genuine quality time with the LORD. Pour out your heart to Him; describe and discuss who you have come to see yourself as being. Ask Him to clearly reveal to you all those things that He has said you are in Him. From there, write down what His Spirit teaches you regarding this. Review your discovered Scripture-based lessons daily.


Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 2)

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Week 2: God’s Story, My Story

Summary:  God has a redemption plan for His people. It has been in place since the beginning. Despite the moral and spiritual decline of man throughout time, He has shown, in countless times and in limitless ways, that He is not willing that any should perish. His perfect plan of salvation is still in play today and it is ready for those who desire to be redeemed.

From Priscilla to Us:

“…the main message of the entire Bible is God’s redemption of humanity. From beginning to end, Scripture spells out the divine rescue plan God is orchestrating to bring people back into relationship with Himself.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Review one of the many redemption cycle stories from the Bible. Identify the pattern that you see. (Note: Page 22 shows readers a four-part pattern associated with God’s redemption plan. Priscilla suggests that we read Judges 2:11 (rejection), 14 (decline and consequences), and 16 (restoration) to get an idea of what the redemption cycle story looks like.)

2) Read the lesson material from Week 2 in your member book. (Week 2, Day 4 – Who Do You Think You Are? – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Dissect the following Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9

4) Sit down in a quiet place and pray to God. Speak to Him about how you might have or certainly have rejected His way. Reveal to Him what that rejection or disobedience has led to in terms of your present season. Ask the LORD to be restored into a right relationship with Him.


Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength (PTBS – 1)

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Week 1: Introduction

Summary: Weakness is typically not viewed as being something that is necessarily helpful. In fact, it tends to be looked upon quite negatively. In today’s day and age, if people perceive that you are weak in any way, then they may consider you to be lacking, ineffectual, or fearful. But what if weakness could be viewed from a more godly perspective. What if weakness could actually be looked upon as a gift?

From Priscilla to Us:

“…your weakness is actually a gift – a key of sorts that unlocks and unleashes His [God's] power in your life.”

This Week’s Assignment:

1) Review Judges 6-8 and Hebrews 11. Write down the following: the characteristics of Gideon, the directives of God, the challenges faced by God’s servant, the indications of God’s strength and how faith was demonstrated in the life of Gideon.

2) Read the lesson material from Week 1 in your member book. (Week 1, Day 3 – God’s Story, My Story – will be featured in next week’s post.)

3) Sit down in a quiet place and pray to God. Tell Him where you are as you start this study series. Make sure that you confess your weaknesses and then ask Him for His strength.



What’s Next for the Phone Tree? (August 2014)

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The Sunday Series:

- Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength. by Priscilla Shirer

Starts: Sunday, August 10, 2014 2cb702be-dafa-4d5e-923f-df23c7f1b270

About the Study: “When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that. It is bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness, even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us – our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance.

This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.”

Table Talk Tuesdays (Book Club Chat Series):

- Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us by Preston Sprinkle

Starts: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 18405453

About the Book: “A Look at Grace from a Most Surprising Perspective – The Old Testament Grace. We want to domesticate it, calm it down, and stuff it into a blue blazer and a pair of khakis. But biblical grace – or charis – doesn’t like to settle down. Grace is a dangerous topic because the Bible is a dangerous book.

Charis flows from the Preston Sprinkle’s half dozen years teaching the Old Testament to college students. You might think that would produce a book about judgment – but no way. He shows how every character, every event, every single page from the Old Testament bleeds with grace. Take a journey into Charis – where harlots are hugged, enemies are enjoyed, and really bad people receive really good things from a Creator who stubbornly delights in undelightful people … like us.”

A Special Friday Feature (Quotes & Other Inspiring Words):

I Want God: Forever Changed by the Revival of Your Soul by Lisa Whittle untitled

About the Book: “It is in the heart of every person to want God, but life gets loud and we forget Him. We get consumed by our problems, our desires, ourselves. We forget our first encounter with the Savior and how much we once wanted Him… the way we believed He could use our life…the fulfillment He provides that everyday life cannot.

A guidebook, a teacher and a resource, all in one, I Want God brings rich simplicity to life-altering principles. With her signature boldness and raw authenticity, author and speaker Lisa Whittle inspires with bottom line truth about what happens when life gets off track and how to find our way back to the God we want most.”

Get Ready for Gideon…

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Get ready for Gideon, a new bible study by Priscilla Shirer.

Set to make its debut in May 2013, Gideon is an inspired message that will teach you about the strength of God and how it and He can work in your life.

To learn more about what is sure to be an incredible study, go to the Going Beyond Ministries web page.


Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge:

1) Read Judges 6-8 and Hebrews 11. Write down the following: the characteristics of Gideon, the directives of God, the challenges faced by God’s servant, the indications of God’s strength and how faith was demonstrated in the life of Gideon.

2) Compare and contrast your life as it relates to Gideon. Keep a record of your observations. Pray to God regarding the aforementioned.

Scripture Focus: Meditate on Psalm 102:12.




One In A Million…Abundance

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One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer


Week 6 in Summary:

Faith is required for the journey to your promised land. It has the ability to both enliven you and to empower you so that you might be able to take courage, accept your calling, and have the confidence to trust in God’s assured promises.  All of these actions will be necessary in order to move forward into the place of your holy inheritance, where true abundance rests.

Week 6 Quotes from Priscilla – Aspiring to Abundance:

- “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the will to move forward in spite of it.” (p. 131)

- “The battles you’ll fight and the unconventional means by which the Lord  may ask you to fight them will require a firm committment to do as God asks.” (p.132)

- “…promised-land living is largely about knowing, accepting, and doing God’s will…” (p. 134)

- “…it’s so important that our faith remain rooted in the facts of God’s promises to us.” (p.139)

- “We must hold fast to our trust in the Lord even if it means being in the minority. Without it, we’ll miss the abundance Christ longs to give.” (p. 141)

- “God requires our participation in securing His promises…He expects us to help so that we might grow in our faith and better appreciate His provision.” (p.144)

A Phone Tree Q4U: Do you fully expect to receive your promised inheritance from God?