Gideon: An Introduction to the Study

I have really been fascinated by the story of Gideon lately.

It resonated with me.

God called Gideon to do something big but then He told Gideon not to do it as he had planned.  Instead, Gideon should execute the plan in this crazy way that made no sense but that God said was the way to do it.


That scares the daylights out of me.

There’s this old saying in church-circles, Not my will, but Thine oh Lord.  Well, this felt a lot like, Not my plan, but Thine oh Lord.  Scary stuff.

The other thing is Gideon said, ahem, “pardon me lord…” and he QUESTIONED God.  It feels so authentic.  He says, “but why?”  And then he says, “but how?”  Oh. Wow.  (Oh, and then he tests God.  But boy, that makes me nervous.)

So Priscilla Shirer came out with a bible study on Gideon last year.  I’ve been dying to dive in.  Plus, I just finished up her God is Able study as a part of my Sisters Stories Series so this seemed like the perfect time.

I’d love for you to walk through this study with me.  I’d love to hear your insight or what surprised you.

If you’ve never done a bible study before, this is the perfect place to start.

No pressure, no big group, just you and me and a little workbook to help you know what to look for.


In fact, I’m giving one of Priscilla’s studies away TODAY.  If you’d like to win a copy of Gideon, just leave a comment on today’s post before midnight tonight.  One commenter will be selected at random and sent a copy.

If you’d like to read along in the workbook – you can get it here.

If you’d like to hear the audio for each week’s study, then you can get it here.’

Now my plan is to finish this in the seven weeks that is allotted in the study.  However, it’s got homework, so it’s possible that one or two weeks may be “interim” posts until we get to the next chapter.  But I’m going to shoot for seven weeks friends.

This is what Priscilla says Gideon will teach us, “Your weakness doesn’t stand a chance in the face of God’s overwhelming, almighty power.  In fact, you’ll soon see from our study together that He is just waiting to demonstrate to you how your weakness is actually a gift – a key of sorts that unlocks and unleashes His power in your life.”

So if you’re ready, let’s visit Gideon every Tuesday and learn a little about ourselves, and our faith, in the process.


  1. Oh I love this – I really think I need to be doing this along with you! Thank you for “hosting” here! :)

  2. Michele York says:

    I have been wanting to be in a bible study and have not found the time to attend one. This is perfect! Thank you.

  3. Kimberly A. Vogel says:

    Sounds fascinating! I don’t currently have a “just for me” study!

  4. Tracy Ruffeno says:

    Looking forward to this. Thank you.

  5. Kathy Johnson says:

    I can relate to Gideon. I have jokingly asked for a Post-It note on the refrigerator telling me what to do (still waiting for that one). I have also asked in desperation for some sign that He had things in control and received an amazing answer (three shiny coins in a place they should not have been, and had not been just minutes earlier).

  6. Shannon Skurner says:

    Hey Gindi. I would like to participate. Sounds great! As I mentioned previously I gave been wanting to join a bible study.

  7. I’m in the middle of God Is Able, and I’m underlining it like crazy! The Gideon Study sounds amazing.

    Deb Weaver

  8. Lisa Irwin says:

    This is a good way to do a bible study, since I don’t have one to go to right now. Thanks.

  9. This sounds wonderful! :-)

  10. Rebecca Scott says:

    This sounds wonderful!! I loved her God is Able book.

  11. Laura Pratt says:

    This looks so good. My goal is to dig into my Bible more this year with studies and research. I would love to do this with you.

  12. I did this study with a small group at my church late last year and it was life-changing! I believe those that participate will be in for a real treat!


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