A.  I want us to focus on God’s army by drawing a parallel with Gideon’s army in Judges
                Chapter Seven.
          B.  Gideon was the fifth judge of Israel.  The Lord instructed him to attack the Midianites
                who had been in control of Israel for seven years.  Judges 6:11-16
                1.  God reduced his army from 32,000 soldiers to just 300.  Judges 7:1-7, 16, 19-21
          C.  Let’s look at three lessons from this unusual story.

      I.  God wants brave men and women in His army and not cowards. 
          A.  The strength of God’s army isn’t determined by the size.  Judges 7:3.  (God reduced
                army to 300).  Example:
          B.  The strength of God’s army is determined by the conviction of the soldiers who
                depend on Him.  Judges 7:2; Ephesians 6:10-18 (866)

                God’s armor
                Girded with truth ____________________________________

                Breastplate of righteousness ____________________________

                Feet shod with preparation of gospel of peace ___________________

                Shield of faith ____________________________________

                Helmet of salvation ________________________________

                The sword of the Spirit ______________________________

                 Prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7
     II.  God’s army must be united.
           A.  Gideon’s solders acted as a unit.  Judges 7:19-21 (205)
           B.  God’s people should be united.  Christ prayer: John 17:20-23 (796).  Paul taught: 
                 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (841)
                 1:10-13 (841); Ephesians 4:1-6 (865)
   III.  God’s soldiers must carry out their responsibilities.
           A.  Gideon’s soldiers. Judges 7:21 (205)
           B.  There is a place for you in God’s army at Cold Springs.
           A.  Review
           B.  Are you enlisted in God’s army?  Would you like to be?