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Summary: 11 of 11. Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing. Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people. But what is significant about them? Mere Stones can transport us to...

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MERE STONES/Reminders-XI—Joshua 4:1-24(:15-24)

Reminder/Recall/Memorial/Symbol/Post-it notes/String on finger

Seemingly insignificant reminders can make all the difference in a Christian‘s life!

Joshua had twelve stones removed from the Jordan River as a memorial to the crossing.

Memorials or Spiritual Reminders hold a great deal of significance to God’s people.

What significance can spiritual reminders offer?

Achievements of spiritual reminders.

Previously we have found that...

Mere Stones/Reminders, can transport us to a Position of...

1. UNIQUE ACCOMPLISHMENT(:3, 5)

2. BLESSING(:3)

3. IMMINENT DANGER(:5)

4. RESPONSIBILITY(:5)

5. INFLUENCE(:6)Envision

6. REFLECTION(:7-9)

7. COMPLETION/End(:10-11)

8. OPPORTUNITY(:10b)

9. COMMITMENT(:12-13)

10. PROMINENCE(:14)

11. NORMALCY/The Mundane(:15-18)

12. CONFIDENCE(:19)

13—Mere Stones/Reminders can transport us To a Position of...

READINESS(:21-22)

Explanation:(:21-22)Discipler/Testifier

:21—“Then he spoke to the children of Israel, saying: “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’”

:22—“then you shall let your children know, saying, ‘Israel crossed over this Jordan on dry land’;”

Joshua reminded Israel of the significance of the stones for their own children’s sake(cf.--:6-7).

*Children need direction from their fathers! Fathers are not merely ‘sperm donors!’ You are a necessary part of God’s plan for the well-being of mankind, thru the family.

God’s plan is that fathers might have a direct, positive, bodily, face-to-face influence on the choices of their children!

The stones were a memorial/reminder for future generations. They were to recall/memorialize & immortalize—for their very children—how the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry land.”

They were to recount for their children, how that crossing was accomplished by the awesome & powerful hand of God.

They were to recount for their children, that God’s power was experienced simply because He was allowed to work thru the faithful competence of family relationships, as well as thru congregational leadership & cooperation.

Argumentation:

2Tim. 4:2—“Preach the word! Be ready in season & out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering & teaching.”

Lk. 12:11-12—“Now when they bring you to the synagogues & magistrates & authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Lk. 21:12-15—“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you & persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues & prisons. You will be brought before kings & rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth & wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”

Mat. 21:18-19—“Now in the morning, as He[Jesus] returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it & found nothing on it but leaves, & said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.”


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