Summary: A sermon on the importance in leaving a godly heritage.
Introduction: Building Up and Tearing Down
History (Num. 14:29)
Ante-theme: 3 generations are mentioned
Proposition: In order to avoid the sin of Israel we must…
I. Raise up godly leaders (v. 8-9)
A. Joshua is dead (Moses)
1. There is no one to replace him
2. In his absence the people turn from God
B. State of America today
1. Post-Christian culture
2. Personality over godliness
C. Cultivate people to replace us
1. Drop the ego
a. Frog and the Ducks Illustration
2. The work of God must go on
a. our congregations goal ought to be bear fruit
II. Know God personally (v. 6-7)
A. Read His love letter to you
1. Do you have a personal daily time of Scripture reading?
2. Walls of Jericho Illustration
3. Ignorance of Scripture today
B. Talk with Him daily
1. How is your prayer life?
2. Stephen Curtis Chapman lyrics Illustration
C. Note His work in your life
1. Where is God working in your life?
2. Panic if called upon to give a testimony?
III. Leave spiritual heirs (v. 10)
A. If not you, who?
1. Present situation (especially kids)
a. Biblical illiteracy
b. Spirituality instead of relationship
2. Gun violence problems with kids. Guns are a symptom not the disease. Most of us grew up with a loaded shotgun in our parents bedroom
a. It’s not guns it’s godlessness
B. Not just good advice, it’s commanded of us
1. Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
2. Sitting in the tool shed Illustration
Conclusion: which generation are you in? What are you doing to raise up godly leaders/ spiritual heirs/ new disciples?
Building Up and Tearing Down Illustration
It can take a long time to build something worthwhile. A year or longer to build a large office building. People like to watch the progress of new construction, but even more than that they love to watch the demolition man come and tear down old structures. It is usually quick and very dramatic. So it was with the nation of Israel. It took years to get where they were when they finally arrived in the promise land with Joshua, but it all exploded into turmoil very quickly.
Numbers 14:29 “your corpses shall fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.”
Two Ducks and a Frog Illustration
The story is told of two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond. The best of friends, the three would amuse themselves and play together in their waterhole. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up, and soon it was evident they would have to move. This was no problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog was stuck. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck that the frog could hang onto with his mouth as they flew to another pond.
The plan worked well—so well, in fact, that as they were flying along a farmer looked up in admiration and mused, “Well, isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder who thought of it?”
The frog said, “I did…”
Walls of Jericho Illustration