Summary: Challenge to TRBC after death of my father, Dr. Jerry Falwell. It is now our responsibility, it is our challenge, it is now our vision, and, it must also be our passion to reaching our community for Christ.
Today, We Are All Joshua!
Josh. 1:1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This message that came from God directly to Joshua was a message of hope. At a time when the people of Israel were distraught, when they could have lost hope, lost their dreams, lost direction, God gave them this message.
Today, we are all Joshua. This message found in Joshua 1 is not aimed at me, it is not aimed at my brother, my sister or mom. This is a message that is aimed squarely at every single person in this room. Every single person who is part of this great church, every single person who is a part of this great university, every single person who has ever come through this ministry and has gone out as a young champion for Christ. Yes, this message is for all of us.
This message is a direct challenge to each and every one of us. For today, we are all called by God to cross over this Jordan. And God has promised each and every one of us that He will give us victory.
What is that victory?
That victory is reaching this community for Christ, reaching this state for Christ, reaching the nation for Christ and reaching the world for Christ. This ministry was found nearly 51 years ago for the purpose of world evangelization. Saturation Evangelism. That purpose is still alive and well. That purpose is now in our hands.
God looked at Joshua and said Moses, my servant is dead. Now you, Joshua, rise up and go across the Jordan to the land that I have promised you. Today, God is saying the very same thing to us. He is looking at everyone of us and speaking those words.
It is now our responsibility. It is our challenge. It is now our vision. And, it must also be our passion.
God went on to give Joshua more important words that would guide his steps in the days to come. He said this…Joshua 1:7, be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Our success in continuing this vision of reaching the world for Christ is forever tied to our commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is not a relationship of convenience, not a relationship that is casual, not a relationship that is occasional. This must be a relationship that is continual and committed.
Casual Christianity has never changed the world
Convenient Christianity has never changed the world…
Comfortable Christianity has never changed the world.