Summary: How to finish strong, to be a messanger of Hope to the very end.
Finishing The Journey Of Faith
Pastor Glenn Newton 2-27-00
Text : Joshua 23 (Read)
Faith - Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings to greet the dawn while it is still dark.
This morning I want to encourage you in your Faith, My goal this morning through God’s
Word is to affirm in you that God is Fighting for you, He will not lose, and you cannot
lose as you put your Faith in Him.
If your tired this morning, God can pick you up.
If your discouraged this morning, God wants to encourage you, lift your spirits.
If your frightened about the future, God wants to let you know, His Grace will be
Sufficient no matter your circumstances.
If your having a hard time trusting, God wants you to know that He is the Promise
Keeper, He’s Faithful, He is True, He is Righteous, He cannot deceive you because He is
If your Excited about being a Christian and your Faith, God wants you to know,
you have allot to be excited about and it’s only going to get better!
God has really helped me to better understand Faith, and how it truly applies to my
everyday life, my prayer is that everyday that I will walk, and live a life of Faith. I don’t
want to live another day just based on my own strength and my own understanding,
because that’s not going to get the job done for what God has in mind for our church.
God used two different people this week to confirm again in my mind and heart that Our
Vision of a Church that brings New Hope to the lost, to the discouraged, to the down and
out, a vision that ministers to Families, and reaches out to single parents, to those who
have gone through divorce, The New Hope Message is so desperately needed in Johnson
County, AR. and it needs to be shared today.
I am going to ask you to do something this morning, you that are here this morning are the
real promoters for our church, you are the mouthpiece that God wants to use to tell
people about His New Hope Message. I want to challenge you to share the vision of our
church with at least one person this week, and every week. Find a way to share the vision,
and as you do, it will become a part of you, and at the same time you will be speaking
Words of Faith, believing that God is going to do what your talking about.
How can you do this? Talk about our dream for a Christian ministry to children
through day-care. New Hope for the Next Generation, maybe that’s what we will call it,
but share the vision and how we want to share Jesus with the little ones in our community
because we believe it’s important.
You can talk about our dream to build a Multi-purpose facility. The reason we
want to build a multi-purpose building is so we can do Multi-Ministry in that building. We
can have great Worship services, We can have plenty of room for our Fellowships/Dinners
which are so important to the Body of Christ, We will have a facility where we can have
activities for Teenagers and Children throughout the week, whether it’s sports, or
caravans, or quizzing, or on and on..... the facility will give us the freedom to do ministry
like we’ve never done it before.
I can see us bringing in some of the Best Southern Gospel Groups to sing a concert,
because we will have the room to have a concert. The possibilities are unlimited.
You can tell them that at New Hope we love people, we care for them, were not
interested in what they drive, what they have to wear to church, were not caught up with
what we see on the outside of the person, we are going to Care for that person who’s on
the inside and needs to feel and to see the Love of Jesus in action, and then they will be
able to Hear the message.
Will you be the New Hope Messenger this coming week? Please don’t be the
messenger of doom and gloom, In Modern language, Share the Hope, not the Dope.
Can you tell I spent two days with sixth graders this week.
This morning let me summarize our passage, or as so many of you love to do on Sunday
nights, let me put this passage into my own words.
Joshua is getting old, he’s ready to die ..... He has some very important words.....
In verse 3 He reminds the leaders and these gathered of what God had already
done for them, and says, “it was the Lord your God who fought for you.” He was