Lesson 2: June 11, 2017

Gideon’s Call: Judges 6:11-18

Teaching Strategy: List and discuss additional examples from Scripture in which God chooses an unexpected person to accomplish great things. How do God’s choices of such people affect how we think about God acting in the world today?


Gideon questioned God’s call saying, “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family” (v.15b). In a culture where family, parentage, and birth order largely determined one’s status, God’s choice of Gideon would have come as a shock. But Gideon’s call is a reminder that God chooses servants based on divine wisdom, not human criteria. The Bible is full of stories in which God calls an unlikely person and uses that person to accomplish God’s divine will. Often the person called doubts his or her ability to accomplish what is asked, and yet God’s presence makes all things possible.

In many ways the same is true today. God uses people we least expect to fulfill God’s purposes. Even when they doubt their ability, God empowers them to do more than they imagined possible. Questions remain! If we feel called, how do we know it’s God? How do we allow God to overcome our doubts and the circumstances that seem to limit us? As believers, how can we open our eyes so that we see God working through others – using “ordinary” unexpected people to accomplish extraordinary things? Where was/is God at work in these stories?

Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call

Unifying Principle: People sometimes view their circumstances as a hindrance to being effective leaders. How do they deal with their doubts? Gideon voiced his doubts and requested a miraculous sign.


Posted on: June 5, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing