The Church in the Hands of an Angry God

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

June 8, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 7

Read through Joshua 7 – what are the lessons for us? For you?

TuesdayJoshua 7:1,26; Exodus 32:1–35; Romans 1:18; 5:9; Colossians 3:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:9–10; Hebrews 3:7–19

See in these passages the reality of God’s wrath. In Christ we are saved from God’s wrath, so do these passages have any application for us? For you?

WednesdayJoshua 7:6–9; I Samuel 4:1–11; Psalm 73; Habakkuk 1:1–13

God’s wrath, or discipline, or affliction on His people can lead to great confusion and doubt about God’s purposes for His people. How do we get the right perspective as we walk by faith?

ThursdayJoshua 7:1,11,15,24–25; Numbers 16; Romans 5:12–21

Achan took the devoted things and Israel is accused of sinning. Achan is to be punished and his family and livestock are punished with him. Why? Is this fair?

FridayJoshua 1:5,9; 3:7,10; 6:27; 7:12b; Exodus 33:12–16; Matthew 5:27–30; I Corinthians 5

Nothing is more crucial to God’s people than to have God’s presence with them. In Joshua 7:12b we see God’s presence is tied to proper repentance and church discipline. How should that affect our lives?

SaturdayJoshua 7:16–26; Genesis 18:25; Exodus 32:25–29; Numbers 25:1–9

Many think the punishment on Achan and his family was way too extreme. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Joshua and the Battle of Jericho

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

June 1, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 5:13–6:27

Read the account of Joshua and the battle of Jericho. What are the lessons there for us as Christians?

TuesdayJoshua 6:15–21; Matthew 5:43–48; Luke 13:1–5; Romans 13:1–7

Many Christians have trouble with the “devote to destruction” passages in the Old Testament. They think it’s contrary to the mind and spirit of Jesus (in other words, “that’s the god of the Old Testament”). What do you think?

WednesdayDeuteronomy 8:17; 9:1–12; Jeremiah 7; Luke 18:9–14

When God punishes the wicked, drives out the pagan nations using Israel, it’s tempting for Israel to become proud. Why was that wrong?

ThursdayJoshua 5:13–15; 6:2–5; II Kings 6:8–19; Acts 18:1–11

Look at these passages and consider how God encourages His people at just the right time. How does that apply to you?

FridayDeuteronomy 13; I Samuel 13:5–15; 15:22–23; Matthew 4:1–11; Acts 5:27–32

God’s word makes it clear that obedience is more important than success, victory, sacrifice, etc. How does that apply to your daily life?

SaturdayJoshua 6:22–25; Isaiah 2:1–5; 49:1–6; Matthew 28:18–20

Even in the midst of God’s righteous judgment upon the wicked, in other words the pagan nations, we see His grace and mercy to Rahab. How does that apply to your life and witness?

Reviving the Sacraments

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

May 18, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 5:1–12; Genesis 17:1–14; Exodus 12:1–28

In Joshua 5:1–12 we see that the Old Testament sacraments had to be revived. Why do you think they were neglected? Application for us?

TuesdayNumbers 13, 14

Is there a clue in these passages that might point us to the reason that the Old Testament sacraments were neglected and needed to be revived?

WednesdayNumbers 14:20–25; Matthew 15:8–9; Luke 18:9–14; Hebrews 3:7–4:13

You can be outwardly moral, receive the sacraments and still miss heaven! How can that be?

ThursdayJoshua 5:6; Genesis 12:7; Exodus 32:7–14

In Joshua 5:6 the Lord “swore” to the disobedient Israelites that they would not enter the land that the Lord had “sworn” to their fathers they would enter. Is there a contradiction there? Is God’s promise thwarted?

FridayExodus 16; Joshua 5:1–12; II Samuel 19:31–32; Matthew 27:55; Philippians 4:14–20

The manna, God’s provision for Israel through the wilderness, has now ceased. They were now to eat from the produce of the land. Does that mean that God had ceased to provide for them?

Saturday – I Kings 19:9–18; Psalm 104:10–28; Matthew 12:38–42; John 3:27

One of the temptations for God’s people is to think God is only in the “big things”: earthquake, wind, fire, miracles, healings, etc. Believing we must have “dramatic signs” and that God is not in the ordinary things. How can we correct that?

A Shady Lady Story

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

May 4, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 2:1–24; 6:22–25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:29–31

Notice the place of Rahab, “a shady lady”, in the history of God’s redemption of His people. What lessons can we take from Rahab’s story?

TuesdayJoshua 2:8–13; Genesis 28:18–22; Ruth 1:6–18; Luke 19:1–10

Joshua 2:8–13 is the most important part of that chapter. Why do you think that is? Application to you?

WednesdayJoshua 2:10–11; Exodus 14:1–31; Acts 5:27–32; I John 1:1–4

In Joshua 2:10–11 Rahab shares what she and all Israel heard. What was it? How did it affect her? Is there an application for our witness?

ThursdayJoshua 2:12–13 II Samuel 12:1–23; Matthew 15:21–28

In Joshua 2:12–13 what is Rahab asking for? Does she have a right to ask for it? Do you? Why?

FridayJoshua 2:1,24; Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 17:8; Judges 6:36–40; II Kings 6:15–19

God has clearly promised the land to Israel. Why the need for spies to view the land? To confirm the promise? Is that a lack of faith?

SaturdayJoshua 6:22–25; Jonah 3,4; Matthew 9:9–13; Luke 15:1–2

Clearly the story of Rahab was very important to the writer. It showed something amazing and unexpected about God and the people of God. What was it? What can we learn from it?

Four Funerals and a Promise

Joshua, Sermon Preparation

April 27, 2014 – Morning Worship

MondayJoshua 1:1–18; 24:29–33

Read these passages from Joshua: what do you learn about God? About Joshua? How does it apply to you?

TuesdayJoshua 1:5–6,10–15; Deuteronomy 8:1–9:5; Philippians 1:6; 2:12–13; II Peter 1:5–10

The Land is God’s gift to Israel, yet that have to be courageous “and” go to take possession of it. How do these two ideas fit together? Apply to you? To the church?

WednesdayJoshua 1:5–7,9; II Samuel 11; Luke 4:1–11

Joshua is told (four times!) to be strong and courageous. Does that have a particular application for church officers, leaders, teachers, etc.? Why? How should that affect you?

ThursdayJoshua 1:6; Numbers 23:19; Genesis 12:7; 13:14–18; Isaiah 53; Matthew 2:6,15; Acts 2:16–21

God’s promises have been, are being, and will be fulfilled! That is certain. How should that affect your daily life?

FridayJoshua 1:5,9,17; Exodus 4:10–17; 14:1–31; Matthew 28:16–20; I John 4:4

What is the reason Joshua and the people of Israel can be courageous and go to take possession of the land? How are we to be courageous today? Where? When? How?

SaturdayJoshua 1:7–8; Psalm 119:97–112; Matthew 7:24–27; II Timothy 3:14–17

Notice how Joshua’s success is tied to the knowledge of