"It's my life, I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want . . . as long as nobody gets hurt."
In this provocative 6-part series, Andy Stanley plunges listeners into the moral mayhem depicted in the Old Testament book of Judges. Employing his remarkable gift for storytelling, Andy presents disturbing biblical narratives as a filter through which to view and evaluate our own twenty-first century culture. DOWNLOAD ONLY
Part 1 - Stranger Than Fiction (Andy Stanley)
There's an unstated part of the American dream. It goes like this: "We have the freedom to do what we want, when we want, with whom we want, and nobody can tell us what to do...as long as it doesn't hurt anybody." But what if life doesn't work that way? What if you can't do what's right in your own eyes without it eventually hurting someone? Judges 19; Judges 21:25
Part 2 - One King Leads to Another (Andy Stanley)
The dark underbelly of the American dream is, "I can do what I want, when I want, with whom I want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone." We don't want "kings" in our lives, whether those kings are parents, bosses, the government...or God. We want to do what's right in our own eyes. But in our attempts to do what we want, when we want, with whom we want, we end up serving little kings like appetite, fear, comparison, insecurity, generational dysfunction, addiction, loneliness, and greed. Joshua 24:14-21; Judges 2:11-15; Judges 3:8
Part 3 - Good at Looking (Andy Stanley)
Do you really want to be like everybody else? Everybody else takes their cues from everybody else. Being like everybody else just makes you average—worried, in debt, bored, and dissatisfied with what you have. If you knew that living like everybody else on the outside would leave you feeling like this on the inside, you would have done what you suspected was right in your heart instead of doing what was right in your own eye. Judges 21:25; Joshua 23:12-13, 24:23; Psalm 119:35-37
Part 4 - Nobody's That Stupid (Andy Stanley)
Chances are your greatest regret can be traced back to a decision where you body wanted something that your heart knew was wrong. An appetite was raging. You saw something or someone you wanted...even though he, she, or it wasn't healthy for you. But you gave in to your body anyway. You yielded to the little kings that want to replace the Creator King who calls you to live from the inside out.
What do you do when your body wants what your heart knows is wrong? Judges 21:25; Judges 16:1-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Part 5 - Extraordinary (Andy Stanley)
What kind of person do you want to be? When people have to stand and talk about you when you're gone, what do you want them to say? Do you realize that's up to you? What if you decided to be...extraordinary? Judges 6:1-6, 11-16; Romans 8:31-32
Part 6 - Ruthie and Bo Save Christmas (Andy Stanley)
The book of Judges records God's chosen people doing what they want, when they want, with whom they want. The tragedy was that ancient Israel began with divine intervention and a divine mandate. They were to show the world who God was by being different than the nations around them. But for three hundred years they lived in a cycle of disobedience, disaster, and deliverance. The entire time Israel was ping-ponging back and forth from obedience to disobedience, during an era when everyone did what was right in his or her own eyes, God was up to something else—he was decorating for Christmas. Judges 21:25; Ruth 1-4; 1 Samuel 16:1; 2 Samuel 7:16; Matthew 1:15-16