Summary: The sermon is based on the idea of how the Word of God is passed from one leader to another.

Scripture Reading Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Pass The Baton

In a relay race, one athlete runs a lap, and then hands the baton to a second, who then runs and hands it to a third, who runs and hands it to a fourth. Notice, the first runner never crosses the finish line, but the team will win if their four runners complete their laps the fastest and do not drop the baton. That is the same is true for the Israelites, who had a great leader named Moses who led them out of Egypt and across the wilderness to the edge of the promised land -- the Bible says that he was famous for his "mighty deeds" (Deuteronomy 34:12). But his lap ended before he could enter the Promised Land, and he had to pass the baton to Joshua, who was "full of the spirit of wisdom" (v. 9). Joshua led for a while, and then passed the baton to another leader, who passed it to another leader and so on. The baton is still being passed to leaders in the church today, no leader runs forever, and that God wants the baton to continue to be passed -- in fact, some day it will be passed to children in our congregation today.

Billy Graham once said, "Our primary goal in life is to prepare for the last day."

Passing the baton

1. Consider Some Accolades of the Man Moses:

A. God shows Moses the future promise of land

. 4Then the LORD said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, `I will give it

to your descendants.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it."

B. God calls Moses the Servant of the Lord

5And Moses the servant of the LORD

C. God officiates the funeral services of Moses

6He buried himB in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is.

D. Moses is the Prophet that God spoke to face to face

10Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

E. God says, No one was Superior to Moses

12no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Those that passed the baton of Inspiration of faith down.

• Abel was a faithful leader who offered a better sacrifice

• Then Noah was a faithful leader who built a ark to save his family

• Abraham was a faithful leader who willing leaves his country to go into a land God would show him

• Joseph was a faithful leader who offered forgiveness to all the wrongs done to him

• Moses was a faithful leader who desired to suffer with the children of Israel than to serve sin for a season

• Joshua would be the next faithful leader who was told

6"Be strong and courageous Be careful to obey all the law Do not let this Book of the Law

depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, as I was with Moses so shall I be with you!

2. Passing the baton means someone will take up God Time

Billy Graham also once said, "The greatest waste in all our earth, which cannot

be recycled or reclaimed is our waste of time that God has given us each day.

3. Passing the baton means someone will take care of God's Territory

. There the LORD showed him the whole land--from Gilead to Dan, 2all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea,A 3the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. What are the regions you are to care of

Jesus said, Matthew 28:19 " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inA the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

4. Passing the baton means someone will take care of God's Teachings

10Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,

.In the book of Acts 5:42 the disciples taught God's word, 42"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

5. Passing the baton means someone will take on God's Temperament (Character)

A. Remember Character is Permanent

B. Remember Character builds a legacy for others to follow

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