Summary: Sermon uses Gideon as motivation for ordinary people to tell others about Jesus.

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Judges 61-6,11-16

You know, we hear a lot of people in churches say that it’s not just the pastor’s job to go out and tell people about Jesus.

They say that anybody can do it, and that we all should be doing it.

But I’m not so sure, you see I’ve often thought that maybe it should be left up to the professionals.

I mean after all, if you didn’t go about doing it right…you could really mess somebody up don’t you think?

There was a barber that thought that he should share his faith with his customers more than he had been doing lately. So the next morning when the sun came up and the barber got up out of bed he said, "Today I am going to witness to the first man that walks through my door."

Soon after he opened his shop the first man came in and said, "I want a shave!" The barber said, "Sure, just sit in the seat and I'll be with you in a moment." The barber went in the back and prayed a quick desperate prayer saying, "God, the first customer came in and I'm going to tell him about going to heaven. So give me the wisdom to know just the right thing to say to him. Amen."

Then quickly the barber came out with his razor knife in one hand and a Bible in the other and he looked the man right in the eyes and said, "Good morning sir. I have a question for you... Are you ready to die?"

Isn’t this how you envision it turning out if you try to tell somebody about going to heaven?

And maybe you’ve got good reason to think that way.

Let’s find out by looking at a very good example of the kind of people God picks to do awesome things for Him.


When I think of a good example of the kind of person that God is looking to take His message to the masses, I think of Gideon.

I think of the kind of guy who has enough chutzpah to take on an entire army with just 300 guys and actually win big.

This is the kind of person that God needs to do His will.

Somebody who’s got the skills and the means to do what He asks.

Somebody way above par.

And to be completely honest when I look out over this congregation today, I don’t see any rocket scientists.

I don’t see any nuclear physicists.

I don’t see any brain surgeons.

I see plain ordinary people.

If I’m being completely honest, some of you seem like the kind of people that may have been fired from the M & M factory for throwing out the W’s.

And by the way, if you didn’t get that joke, then you’re the person I was talking about.

And don’t get me wrong, I think you’re all wonderful people.

I love you all dearly as if you were my own family.

Which actually isn’t saying much since you know my extended family.

I love you more than my own family.

But if I have to be completely honest with you...I look out and I’m not sure that you’re qualified to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

I mean God always picks people that are well above the norm to take His message to the people, doesn’t he?

Look at Gideon for instance.

The Midianites have taken over Israel.

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