Chapter 2: The Battle for Truth

1.   Write out John 8:32: 


2.   At the beginning of Gideon’s story, Gideon had three notable characteristics. They were: 

     1. __________________________________________________

     2. __________________________________________________

     3. __________________________________________________ 


3.   Define COURAGE. 


4.   Has there been a time in your life when you were FEARFUL and acted like a coward? When you ran from your fears and your pain, and did not do what you should have done? Tell about that. 

     I was fearful when I ______________________________________________.

Now tell about a time when you have been COURAGEOUS—when you did what you needed to do, even when afraid. 

     I was courageous when I __________________________________________. 


5.   It is okay to be afraid.  TRUE or FALSE 


6.   Gideon was CONFUSED because what He had been taught did not seem to add up to his experience. This was not the way things were supposed to be! Can you relate with this in your own life? If so, explain. 


7.   The word DYSFUNCTIONAL means to function in an inhibited manner, in a ____________ kind of way. 

Name one way your life been DYSFUNCTIONAL.


8.   How have you managed to function in your dysfunction? 


9.   Two bodies of evidence: FAITH and EXPERIENCE. Describe your two bodies of evidence. 


10.  What is FAITH? Write out Hebrews 11:1. 


11.  Many times your circumstances will offer hardcore evidence that is contrary to your faith, but it is important that you do not deny either your faith or your experience.  TRUE or FALSE


12.  Gideon had some real questions about God. Debbie did too. What questions did you
have? Circle the questions you’ve had from the list below, and fill in the blank for any questions you had that are not listed: 

     a. God, where are You?
     b. Why is God allowing all this to happen to me?
     c. Is God doing this to me?
     d. Is this the Lord’s will for my life?
     e. Does God love me (as much as He loves other people)? 

     f. _______________________________________ 

     How can you be honest about these questions and yet trust that God will not be offended? 


BONUS QUESTION:  Why do you think God chose Gideon to help Israel, instead of choosing someone else? 


You can be courageous even when afraid!

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