Lesson 1: June 4, 2017

Deborah and Barak: Judges 4:1-10

Teaching Strategy: Discuss the roles and relationship of Deborah and Barak, how each of them fulfilled God’s call and through them, God delivered the Israelites. Then explore how their story might inform the lives of believers today.


How do Christians discern God’s call in 2017? Who are the wise leaders today speaking for the Lord as Deborah did? What is God calling believers to do? What leads them to doubt themselves as Barak did? How might Deborah’s response to Barak be a model – assuring those who are called that God is present and will provide the resources needed to fulfill their calling? How might the partnership of Deborah and Barak be a model for believers – sharing wisdom, encouragement, and support as they work together?

  • The Matthew 25 Pledge says “I pledge to protect and defend vulnerable people in the name of Jesus.” The Matthew 25 Movement is supported by at least 9 national faith-based organizations, and provides toolkits for addressing 3 priority issues: religious liberty, policing, and immigration.
  • The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries of the UCC, writes Now is the Time for Moral Courage, especially as it relates to health care coverage in the U.S.
  • June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Baptist Peace Fellowship/Bautistas por la Paz website includes this resource What Your Church Can Do About…Gun Violence.
  • The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle available through the World Council of Churches makes it possible to “journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer …”

Summer 2016-17 Theme: God’s Urgent Call

Unifying Principle: People called to be leaders may doubt their capabilities. How do leaders deal with their doubts? Barak willingly went into battle after the prophetess Deborah agreed to accompany him.

Posted on: May 30, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing