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Summary: Moses commanded thirteen men to go see what the Promised Land was like (Numbers 13-14). For forty days they spied on the Promised Land and its inhabitants. They departed with the same instructions, but they returned with conflicting accounts. How could

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Sherwood Baptist Church has one of the most dynamic media ministries of any church in America. They have produced Facing the Giants, arguably the best feature-length movie ever made by a local church. It’s a God-glorifying, excellently created sports film in the tradition of Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, and Friday Night Lights. Facing the Giants is being released by Sony/Goodwyn and will be in theaters on September 29th.

Accompanying the movie are numerous sermons by such leaders at Johnny Hunt of Woodstock Baptist Church, Michael Catt, Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, and Dr. Jay Strack of the Student Leadership Network. You may copy and paste the following links to access these sermons:

1. Evidence of Christian Growth (Johnny Hunt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94258&ContributorID=15171

2. Overcoming The Grasshopper Syndrome (Dr. Jay Strack)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94257&ContributorID=15170

3. Faith to Face Your Impossibilities (Michael Catt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94256&ContributorID=15169

4. Hearing God When You’re Hurting (Michael Catt)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94255&ContributorID=15169

5. It’s Always Too Soon to Quit (Michael Catt) URL:

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94254&ContributorID=15169

6. What Does It Mean to Live By Faith? (Ron Dunn)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94253&ContributorID=15167

7. Will a Man Serve God for Nothing? (Ron Dunn)

URL: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=94252&ContributorID=15167

Also, a study curriculum that accompanies the movie may be downloaded at:

http://www.facingthegiants.com/resources.php

Overcoming The Grasshopper Syndrome

Jay Strack

Moses commanded thirteen men to go see what the Promised Land was like (Numbers 13-14). For forty days they spied on the Promised Land and its inhabitants. They departed with the same instructions, but they returned with conflicting accounts. How could this happen?

Note that twelve of the men were each from a different tribe, thus each was from a different background. Each man reported not only what was, but also his opinion of what was. Moses did not ask, “Should we obey God and take the land?” Yet they reacted immediately with negative complaints.

Joshua and Caleb carried in proof of the land’s bounty. The grapes were so heavy that one branch had to be carried “between two of them on a pole.” Here is a summary of the attitudes of the followers:

· The “I’m scared, let’s not try it” attitude: “It truly flows with milk and honey….Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large” (Num. 13:27-28).

· The “I already know I can’t do it” viewpoint: “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we” (Num. 13:31).

· The grasshopper syndrome: “We saw the giants…and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight” (Num. 13:33).

But here is what the leaders had to say:


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