A Status Report

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

July 20, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 11:16–23; Acts 14:24–28

Here’s the summary of the conquest of the Promised Land by Joshua and Israel. Any lessons for us?

TuesdayJoshua 11:18; Genesis 15:12–16; Exodus 12:40–42; II Peter 3:1–13

“Joshua made war a long time.” It only takes a few minutes to read Joshua 10 and 11 while the actual conquest “took a long time.” How should that affect our daily lives? Our application of scripture?

WednesdayExodus 23:27–30; Deuteronomy 7:17–23; Acts 24:22–27

Joshua and Israel should not have been surprised that the conquest took a long time. Why? Application for us? For you?

ThursdayJoshua 11:20; Genesis 15:16; Exodus 7; Romans 9

God hardened Pharaoh’s and the kings’ hearts (Joshua 11:20). Why? Is it just? Fair? Application for us?

FridayRomans 1:18–32; Jeremiah 14:7–11; 15:1–9; Matthew 25:1–13

In Romans 1:24,26,28 it says that “God gave them up.” Why did he give them up? How does that apply to us as Christians?

SaturdayJoshua 11:21–23; Numbers 13:28,31–33; Deuteronomy 1:26–28; 9:1–3; Acts 12:1–19

In Joshua 11:21–23 the writer makes a point that there was no Anakim left. Why was that important? What lesson should Israel take from the destruction of the Anakim? What is the lesson for us?

Israel’s Northern Campaign

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

July 6, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 11

Read Joshua 11: what are the lessons for us in Christ’s church?

TuesdayJoshua 11:1-5; Deuteronomy 20:1-4; II Kings 6:8-19; I John 4:4

In Joshua 11:1-5 we see a lot of space given to a listing of Israel’s opposition. What might we learn from that?

WednesdayJoshua 11:6-9; 10:8-9; John 6:35-51; Philippians 2:12-13

Here we see God’s Sovereignty and omnipotence (I will give over all of them) and the energetic action of Joshua and his warriors (they came suddenly upon them, hamstrung the horses and burned the chariots). How do those two fit together? How do they apply to you?

ThursdayJoshua 11:6,9; Judges 7:1-8; Psalm 20:7; Isaiah 31:1-3; II Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-20

Why would God have Israel hamstring the horses and burn the chariots? They certainly could have used them in the conquest. Application to you?

FridayJoshua 11:9,12,15; Exodus 34:11-16; Deuteronomy 4:1-14; John 8:29; 14:15-24; 1 John 2:3-6

We see here in Joshua a model of a servant of God. Look through these passages: what’s the main thing that God’s servant should do?

SaturdayJoshua 1:5,9; Deuteronomy 31:1-6; Psalm 23, 121, 124; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 18:9-10

Above all things, what must we never forget? How does this apply in your daily life?

Israel’s Southern Campaign

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

Monday – Joshua 10

Read through Josh.10. What are the lessons and applications you see there for us as Christians?

Tuesday – Joshua 10:8–11; Exodus 14,15; 1 John 4:4; Revelation 19:11–17

Our God is a “warrior God,” a “man of war” – what does that mean for us? For the world?

Wednesday – Joshua 10:8–11; Deuteronomy 7; John 6:22–70; Philippians 2:12,13

See, in these passages, the interaction of God’s sovereignty and man’s activity. How does that mysterious and paradoxical truth affect your daily life?

Thursday – Joshua 10:12–14; Exodus 32:1–14; 2 Chronicles 7:11–15; Psalm 40:1–3; 91:15; Matthew 7:7–11

What do these passages teach us about prayer? about God? Application to your prayer life?

Friday – Joshua 10:24–25; Genesis 9:11–17; 15:1–6; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

Ralph Davis refers to Joshua 10:24,25 as “loosely speaking, sacrament” [i.e. – a visible expression of God’s invisible grace, a visible encouragement] for the people of God. How do God’s visible signs encourage you?

Saturday – Joshua 10:29–43; Genesis 39; Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 18:5–10

Joshua and Israel are now experiencing a lot of success in their southern campaign. What’s the key to their success? Does it also apply to our success as Christ’s church?

A Victory and a Renewal

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

June 15, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 8

Read through Joshua 8 and consider the lessons for us.

TuesdayJoshua 6:2; 8:1–2,18; II Samuel 7:18–29; Acts 23:1–10

Notice God’s sovereign guidance, reassurance and help for Israel in these passages. How does this apply to us today in Christ’s church?

WednesdayJoshua 7; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:1–20

Read Joshua 7 again. What had to happen first before the victory over Ai in Joshua 8 could happen? What does that teach us?

ThursdayJoshua 7:20–21; 8:2,27; Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–13; Exodus 3:20–22; Deuteronomy 28:1–14; Philippians 4:19

Our God is gracious and generous, abundantly meeting His people’s needs. So how does Satan get Adam, Eve and Achan to sin?

FridayJoshua 8:26–29; Deuteronomy 9:45; 21:22–23; Leviticus 18:24–25; Galatians 3:13–14

Why doesn’t He just overlook and ignore our sin? Does God overlook the sins of Christians?

SaturdayJoshua 8:30–35; Deuteronomy 11:29–32; 27:1–14; Matthew 7:21–27

Why do you think the covenant renewal ceremony was observed at this time? (Joshua 8:30–35) Does it fit here? Why or why not? What is the lesson in these passages for Israel? For us?