Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer

This week my Bible study group completed our study of Old Testament Gideon, the fellow who felt so insecure about God's calling on his life that he put out fleeces two nights in a row, looking for confirmation. (see Judges 6:36-40)  

The odd thing is that the LORD had already confirmed his voice to Gideon by giving him success in tearing down an altar to a false god…. for some people, it just takes a lot of convincing.

In the circles I run with, gals talk about what Bible study books they've done, looking for recommendations.  They all have their merits. Often the determining factor may come down to the student's particular learning style, or the day and time the group meets, how much homework is expected -- those kinds of things.

This study worked well for me because of the reputation of the book author, the subject matter, the amount of expected homework, and the day and time the class took place.

The study of Gideon in the Old Testament book of Judges (chapters 6-8) deals with fear, insecurity, faith in God, winning battles against terrible odds, and learning how to relate to difficult personalities. 

The homework is divided into five segments each week, and takes maybe thirty minutes to complete each day.  In class there is a review and discussion of  highlights from the home study, followed by a video that lasts about 20 minutes. The entire class session takes about 2 hours (depending on how responsive people are during the discussion times).

Mrs. Pricilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is the daughter of well-known Christian speaker,  author, and widely-syndicated radio and television broadcaster, Tony Evans.  She is attractive, engaging, and knows her Bible material. I love it that she is adept in correlating scripture to our everyday experiences. (One of the primary reasons I study the Bible is to learn how to cope with life and people in ways that please the LORD.)

The study was made up of seven sessions, which takes seven weeks.  It's a good experience for those new to God's Word as well as those who are seasoned in scripture. 

There was a lot in the pages of this study that spoke to my heart, but I close with one statement we all need to ponder: 

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; 
we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

1 comment:

  1. I am currently going through a similarly sounding type of study by Beth Moore about the book of James called " Mercy Triumphs". It is the best study I have ever done. I would heartily recommend it.