Judges: Israel's Wild West

Judges: Israel's Wild West

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The Old Testament book of Judges records a lawless time. It was Israel's Wild West. This 3-week series looks at several significant judges and lessons students can learn from their lives.


The Old Testament book of Judges, the time in between Joshua and the Kings, was a lawless time. It was Israel's Wild West. This three-week series looks at three significant Judges from this dark time in Israel's history. Using the American Wild West as a launching point, with comparisons made to the Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley, and Billy the Kid, students will have a fun time diving into Israel's ancient history, while also finding lessons they can apply to their lives today.

Week One: The Lone Ranger is Ehud's story; a lesson in taking action, God's faithfulness, and God's ability to use imperfect people for His glory.

Week Two: The Little Sure Shot is the story of Deborah and Jael; a lesson in having confidence and courage in God.

Week Three: Big & Little Casino is Samson's story; a warning against apathy and selfishness, as well as a reminder of God's faithfulness.

Each week also includes a recommendation for a Western-themed game that can be found on DYM!

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This Resource Includes:

  • Complete message manuscript for each week (Word files)
  • Student Handouts (blank and filled in versions) for each week (Word files)
  • Small group guide for each week (Word file)
  • Presentation files for each week (PowerPoint and Sidekick files)
  • Graphics for Social, Stories, and presentations (jpeg files)


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About this Product
Judges has some WILD stories; embrace it and have fun with it!
Matthew McNutt

Matthew McNutt

Matthew is a youth pastor, speaker, author, ministry coach, and Pac-Man warrior.