Worship Guide

Message & Sermon Notes

A Dynamic Duo of Faith

Judges 4 & 5

Judges 4:1-24

  1. God’s woman for Israel (4:4-9)

Deborah: A Life of Impact

  1. Courageous – A woman of bravery in a time of need (5:6-8)
  2. Faithful – A woman who trusted God for her needs (4:6-7)
  3. Inspirational – A woman who encouraged others in their needs (4:8-9)

Isaiah 9:6-7

  1. God’s warrior for Israel (4:10-24)

Hebrews 11:32-34

Barak’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech:

  1. When God makes a promise, he’ll also supply the provision

Numbers 23:19

  1. When God brings wise counsel, you’d be a fool not to listen

Proverbs 11:14

Proverbs 12:15

Proverbs 19:20-21

  1. God takes people of fear and turns them into giants of faith

Romans 8:31

James 4:10

Hebrews 12:1-2

  1. God’s win for Israel (Ch. 4 & 5)

History = His Story!

  1. God is the Commander of kings and generals (4:6-7)

Proverbs 21:1

  1. God is the Director of stars and storms (5:4-5, 20-21)
  2. God is the Supplier of tent pegs and hammers (4:9, 23)

Ephesians 1:11

Jeremiah 29:11

Sermon Discussion Questions

Questions for reflection:
1. Last week we saw how God often works in surprising ways. How did God surprise you in today’s story?
2. What lessons on “faith” will you take away from today’s teaching?

Questions for discussion:
1. What encouragements do you find in the examples of Deborah and Barak?
2. In what ways does your faith in God impact the way you live your life? Are there any areas where God might be challenging you to a greater faith?
3. Where do we see God’s sovereignty in today’s passage? How does God’s sovereignty impact your outlook on life? The world? The future?

Sundays at Lakes Free

Welcome Visitors!
If you are visiting for the first time today, stop by the Next Steps counter to pick up a welcome gift from Lakes Free!

Sunday Worship Services: 9:00 & 10:40am (Livestream: 10:40am)

Sunday School & Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs):
Nursery & Preschool Sunday School: 9:00 & 10:40am
Elementary Sunday School: 9:00am
Middle & High School Sunday School: 9:00am
Adult Bible Fellowships: 9:00 & 10:40am (more info here)

Lakes Café Open Sunday Mornings: Purchase a cup of coffee for $2 and 100% will be donated to support Lakes Free missionaries. Each month will feature a current Lakes Free Mission partner.

What is the Next Steps Area? You may be wondering what, exactly, is the corner with Next Steps written on the wall? It’s your 1-stop information place for any “next step” you have such as resources, registrations, questions or ways to get connected at Lakes Free.

Children’s Activity Packs: Activity packs for kids attending worship services are available at the main Worship Center doors.



Apologetics Conference: February 25-27. Purchase tickets at Next Steps or find the link in the weekly email. Click here for conference details and schedule. Buy tickets here

Employment Opportunities: We are currently seeking candidates to fill our Children’s Ministry Director and Worship Ministry Director positions. If you or someone you know is interested, find detailed job descriptions and how to apply here.

New Baby Girl: Congratulations to Brad & Jessica Buche on the birth of their daughter, Tori Grace, on January 13. Tori was welcomed home by big sisters, Harper & Hope.

Coats & Winter Wear Needed for MEC Prison Ministry: MEC is in need of more winter coats for inmates who are released during the winter months. Men’s/Women’s coats of all sizes are needed (especially large). Please put donations outside the Sharing Shop door in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, January 30.

January ABF Electives

A Study of Ezekiel | Led by Pastor Ric Stanghelle
9:00 & 10:40am | Fellowship Hall

Ezekiel is one of the least studied books in the Old Testament, yet it is filled with powerful and vivid illustrations and teachings.  Over 60 times, this 6th century prophet repeats the message, “and then you will know that I am the Lord”.  This four week study will look into what Ezekiel has to say about God’s Sovereignty, his power and his plan for the future.

Walking in the Light | Led by Pastor Barry Holst
9:00 & 10:40am | Room 225

As you begin 2022, join us in a common pursuit of Walking in the Light.  Our Study of 1 John will encourage you in your Fellowship with God, your Following of God, your forgiveness by God and finally your Focus on God.  The study will be done as small groups and designed to be utilized within your own homes.

Family Discipleship | Led by Pastor Stephen & Katherine Moore
9:00am only | Room 233

Join us as we engage in a study of family discipleship. What does it mean for our households to follow Christ. We’ll discuss marriage and parenting to the glory of God and explore practical ways to live this out. We can’t wait to see you there.

Generating a Legacy | Led by Olin & Bev Phillips
10:40am only | Room 233

Are you intentional about what type of legacy you’re passing on to your kids, grandkids, and others in your circle of influence? Each of us is creating a heritage – good or bad. Let’s examine how to deal with changing life seasons (such as marriage, active parenting, empty nests, caregiver for elderly parents, retirement) while choosing what type of legacy we’re living out. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens.”

Upcoming Small Groups/Classes:

Discipleship Explored: Wednesdays, 6:40pm, begins January 19. Discipleship Explored goes beyond simply teaching the right moves– go to church, pray, read the Bible, share the gospel – and focuses on what drives discipleship: the love of Christ. This eight-session journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians is ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life. Register here

Taste and See: Women’s Study: Wednesdays, 9:30am, begins January 26. You’re invited on a delectable pilgrimage to discover the secret to savoring every day. Join Margaret Feinberg in this deeply nourishing six-week video Bible study sprinkled with delicious recipes and tangible insights. After all, it’s at the table where we learn to taste and see the goodness of God. Register here

None Like Him: Women’s Study: Tuesdays, 7:00pm, begins January 25. As people with limited understanding, we tend to imagine a heavenly Father who is like us. But Jen Wilkin reminds us that our Creator possesses many attributes we don’t—and that’s a good thing! Take a closer look at the God who is infinitely knowable, creative, able to provide, timeless, unchanging, powerful, wonderful, and more. Register here

GriefShare: Mondays, 7:00pm, begins February 28. It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Register here



God has gifted each of us with unique abilities, gifts, and passions that can be used to glorify Him and invest in others. We encourage everyone to use those gifts and passions to serve others here at Lakes Free. Let us help you discover the joy of serving!

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