Summary: The first of three sermons addressing the need for the church to go into the city, and bring spiritual victory to lives.
(Began sermon with a background on the life of Joshua. . .modeled after the old TV series, "This is Your Life")
JOSHUA – THIS IS YOUR LIFE
A favorite Bible character of mine.
The story picks up in Exodus 24:9 (read through verse 18).
Joshua was with Moses as they descended the mountain and found the Golden Calf being worshiped in the camp.
Intimate relationship between God, Moses, and Joshua – Exodus 33:7-11.
The most famous of reports – Numbers 13-14 (read 14:6 through verse 9)
Caleb & Joshua are sole survivors of plague against the spies.
40 Years in the Wilderness – the passing of generations
Numbers 27 – Moses lays hands on Joshua, and pronounces him the next leader of Israel.
Don’t miss this – Joshua spent the entire 40 years in the wilderness with Israel.
Our "want it now" society often misses the journey God will take us on to prepare us for His mission.
- Even Jesus!
TWO QUICK COMMUNITY OF FAITH LESSONS:
2. The lack of faith of those around us does not change God’s call upon us. Example of Pastoral Call.
God’s sense of humor – Moses & Joshua presented before God
God’s Future Forecast - Deuteronomy 31:14 (read through verse 18)
Moses continues the vision – Deuteronomy 31:24 (read through verse 29)
Joshua must be thinking, “I can’t wait to be in charge!”
Moses dies – Deuteronomy 34:5 (read through verse 9)
The stage is set. Leadership has changed hands. After more than forty years, Joshua is finally going to enter the promised land.
The heart of the passage – Joshua 1:1 (read through verse 9)
Six lessons from this passage. It should probably be six sermons with one lesson, but the calendar does not afford me that much time. So we will get them on paper, and I’ll encourage you to reflect and explore each of them deeper in your personal Bible Study, or maybe even in your Connection Groups.
First one, verse 2 says, “Now Moses My servant is dead.”
I am not trying to be disrespectful, but could God have said anything more obvious at this point? Does anyone in the nation not know that Moses is dead? Is Joshua, his closes confident, not aware that Moses has passed? Why in the world would God even bring it up again?
Let me suggest one possible reason. One reason might be that God knows us well. And he knows that. . .
1. WE KNOW THE PAST IS PAST, BUT SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO BE REMINDED.
Because you can’t live in the past, while walking in the present. We, humans, and we, the church, have proven time and time again that we are not capable of spanning time with our mindsets and actions.
Paul’s words to the Philippians.
If we live in the past, we miss the present and have no hope for the future.
If we live in the future, opportunities that are right in front of us pass us by, and we fail to learn from past mistakes.
Ever heard the quote, "Some people are so heavenly minded they are no earthly good."
Don’t get me wrong. As we embark on another conference year, we can celebrate what God has done in our history. We can envision what He wants to do through us in the future. But we better not get so consumed with the past or the future that we fail to be active in the present.
After 40 years of wandering God says, “Moses is dead. Now it’s time to move.”
Lesson number two. . .the rest of verse 2 (read). Lesson number two. . .
2. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE LAND, TO POSSES THE LAND
That was the call God put on my heart, while sitting in the little town of Bartlesville, OK, back in November of 2003. God called me to go to the land of central Kentucky. To cross over to the land He desired to give to us.
You don’t have to agree with me on this. You don’t have to buy into this. But I sure hope you will. I believe that is a promise God wants to give our church today. A promise that if we will go to the land, we will posses the land. And the land is the city and lost souls of Lexington, central Kentucky.
Anyone remember that great baseball movie “Field of Dreams?” What was the famous line from that movie? "If you build it, they will come.”
I think churches today are operating more as “Field of Dreams” than as the army of God. That is why most of our dreams never seem to become reality.