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 and Heather have been in full time youth ministry for over twenty years. He is also a speaker, author, and ministry coach. They have four sons ranging from 14 to 21 years old, which means the majority of their time is spent buying food and replacing broken furniture. You can find all of Matthew's DYM resources here: https://www.downloadyouthministry.com/featured-authors/matthew-mcnutt/