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Summary: 1 of 4. Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel. God always calls capable leaders to lead His people. What surrounds the leadership of God’s people? A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is A Defined/Decisive...

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CONDITIONS For ASSUMING LEADERSHIP-I—Joshua 1:1-18

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A tourist on vacation is driving thru Pennsylvania’s Amish country, drives over a hill & spies a wagon that had spilled a huge-entire load of hay.

A young Amish boy was picking up handfuls of hay & placing them back on the wagon.

The tourist stops, gets out, & offers help saying, Son, it’ll be a lot easier with the pitchfork, watch this!

Oh, no sir, Daddy wouldn’t like it!’

The tourist was incensed that a father would sentence such a small boy to such torment.

Tourist says “Step aside son & we’ll have this done in no time. your Daddy’s not around, you won’t touch it, nobody will be the wiser.”

The amish boy says, “Please don’t sir, Daddy wouldn’t like it!”

The tourist plunges the pitchfork into the hay pile & a blood-curdling scream comes out!

Boy says, “I told you Daddy wouldn’t like it!”

God’s people are in need of leadership/direction.

Need:

Our Nominating Committee is busily working to fit people to key positions within our church.

We can look to the future with...

Joy/Anticipation/Goal/Purpose/Accomplishment/Acceptance/Excitement/Invigoration/New Vision...

OR...

Resentment/Disappointment/Anger/Uneasiness/Fear/Confusion/Anxiety/Paranoia.

Your choice!

We must ask ourselves, ?Am I fit for leadership?

Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel.

God always calls capable leaders to lead His people.

What is involved in being an effective leader of God’s people?

Conditions for leadership among God’s people.

1—A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is

A Defined/Decisive POSITION(:1-2)

Explanation:(:1-2)New/Ordained

:1—“After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:

Moses is called ‘the servant of the LORD’, Aaron is the prophet of Moses & Joshua is Moses’ “assistant.”

Joshua is Not the one who received the Law(as did Moses). Nevertheless, God spoke to Joshua.

Joshua was a Military leader—led the army in & out.

“Servant”—dbe eh'-bed—1) Slave, servant.

“Assistant/Minister”—trv shaw-rath'— (Piel) To minister, serve, minister to. To attend as a menial or worshiper; figuratively—To contribute to.

:2—“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you & all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.”

Seeing that YHWH’s/God’s servant(Moses) is “dead”, there is a void which must be filled. This means that whoever fills the void must be YHWH’s/God’s “servant” as well!

Committee heads/Deacons/Pastors/Associate pastors

Argumentation:

Acts 20:28—[Paul to the Ephesian elders]“Be on guard for yourselves & for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”


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