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Summary: 2 of 2. Joshua sent spies to determine what they would encounter in the promised land. We can & should determine/examine what we will encounter on our church field. Upon examining our church field we discover people given to...

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INSPECTING Our CHURCH FIELD-II—Joshua 2:1-24

Attention:

Jim walking downtown/Man approaches him wearing dirty clothes & hobbling on crutches/Asks Jim for money/Jim complies giving $5 & says, ‘Cheer up it would be much worse if you were blind’/Man says, ‘Oh, believe me, I know, Last week when I was blind, all I kept getting was phony money!’

We may be surprised at what we find.

We may be surprised at what we find on the church field.

Need:

Joshua sent spies to determine what they would encounter in the promised land.

We can & should determine/examine what we will encounter on our church field.

What will we discover about those on our church field?

7 Discoveries in our own church field.

Last time we found that...

Examining our church field, we discover People given to...

1. SIN(:1)

2. FEAR(:2)

3. DESPERATION(:3, 7)

4. SIGHT(:8-11)

5—Examining our church field we discover...

People given to CONVICTION(:4-16)

Explanation:(:4-16) Surrender

:4—“Then the woman took the two men & hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.”

:9—“& said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, & that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.”

:11—““And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above & on earth beneath.”

:15—“Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall.”

—Witness(es) of God worth protecting(:4-7)

—Salvation of God worth protecting(:12-16)

Rahab’s hope of salvation rested upon the justice of the Lord God of Israel

Argumentation:

2Sam. 22:26-34— “With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. You will save the humble people; But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.”

Ps. 51:17—“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken & a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”

Js. 4:6-7—“..."God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil & he will flee from you.”

Job 42:5-6—“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust & ashes."

1Pet. 1:3-9—“Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible & undefiled & that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, & glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible & full of glory, receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.”


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