The Stories of the Judges | Bible Study
At Youth Ministry Conversations, we believe you know your group best. This means our resources look a little different than what you may have experienced in the past. We try and create a “buffet” of material so you can choose and pick what works best for your group. You will find ideas, instructions, and possibilities in this packet all related to the theme of “The Stories of the Judges.” How you use them, and how you structure your study is up to you. We hope you enjoy this resource and return in the future to check out other materials.
The Book of Judges has it all: action, adventure, betrayal, and even a hefty serving of some rather morbid humor. More importantly, the Book of Judges takes an unflinching look at the world as it is, violent flaws and all, and still asks the question: where is God? This study encourages students to get to know the people God chose to lead Israel, when Israel was beginning a spiral into self-destruction. They aren’t just imperfect; some of them actually make some pretty tragic decisions. Still, through the bad decisions, the chaos, and even a civil war, God worked through their lives, just as God wants to work through our lives.
1 Who are the Judges Anyway? Page 3
2 Ehud: What Makes Us Different Page 8
3 Deborah, Barak, and Jael: We are a Team! Page 12
4 Gideon: God Working with Our Questions Page 17
5 Abimelech: Just Can’t Wait to Be King Page 22
6 Jepthah: Finding God in the Chaos Page 27
7 Samson: God Works through Our Imperfections Page 32
8 The Book of Judges: Where Do We Go from here Page 39
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The Stories of the Judges is written by Ginny Richardson and Jessica Tidwell-Weinzierl
Ginny Richardson serves as the Pastor for Youth and Children at Vienna Baptist Church in Vienna, Virginia (about 20 miles outside DC). She is a Richmond, Virginia native and a graduate of Christopher Newport University and McAfee School of Theology. Ginny enjoys learning with the students she ministers and seeing them embrace their gifts and passions to serve God and love others. Her hobbies include exploring new places and museums, hanging out with friends and family, watching college sports, and spending time outdoors.
Rev. Jessica Tidwell-Weinzierl is a graduate of McAfee School of Theology. Her ministerial passion is faith journeying with youth; but in her free time, she loves reading on her Kindle, learning to cook, and spending time with her partner, Evan, and their three adorkable dogs. She currently serves as the Director of Youth at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.