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Q and C with Applications_FEB,11_ Joshua 6

Feb. 11, 2018    Series Title:  JOSHUA- Promise::Faith::Obedience
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 We were preaching and responding through Joshua 6. This starts a new section of Joshua. Chapters 1-5 have focused on God preparing Israel to move into the promised land. Chapters 6-12 will give us a snapshot of God’s battle against the inhabitants of the promised land.
 Chapter six highlights God’s plan given to Joshua to defeat the city of Jericho

The general outline for our study was:

Sermon Title Slide: What if God’s Plan is Lame? [Joshua 6]
   Have you ever felt ill equipped or under resourced to complete an assignment or fulfill a role in your life? The response might be a complete frustrated, ‘this is impossible”, “I give up”, or “this is lame.”  What if that assignment or role is given to you from God?

  1. God’s ‘lame’ plan is still God’s plan of saving vs1-5
     God’s plan does not always line up to what we believe is a good plan. But God is a God of saving. His saving plan is always a perfect (complete) plan.
  2. God’s ‘lame’ plan defines the actions of our faith vs6-25
     God’s plan is what drives an active (marching) faith. In this case, and almost always in our case, a faith-driven obedience will include offerings of worship through a) putting to death (the city, people, cattle) b) dedicating to service (the gold, silver, resource)  and c) works of redemption (Rahab)
  3. God’s ‘lame’ plan makes much of God and the good of His people vs26-27

        God’s plan in the end is not merely to tear down our barriers or so that we might in our power make God/Jesus famous. But so that God will be known as the sovereign, saving God. This will be for the good of His people.

One Question and Comment and an application that came out of this passage:

  1. Question and Comment
    Q? Why highlight Jericho as the ‘defensive gate city’ to the promised land if it took a miraculous work of God for Israel to cross the Jericho River?
     A? Jericho stood in a natural gap in the landscape of this region in Canaan. It was 12km north of the Dead Sea and was at the eastern head of the Jordan valley It was a natural oasis of fresh water, palm trees and  a trade route for those moving in or out of the valley. For any travellers or nations that were coming north or south along the mountain range between the Jordan river, Red Sea and the Jordan valley, opening up into the rest of Canaan, one either had to go over the mountains or past the city of Jericho which is the most natural route. (resources Hammonds Atlas of the Bible Land; the Oxford Companion to the Bible)
  2. Application leading us to Confession Time
    What would your response be to God’s plan?

Q Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would not live for myself first, my own needs and for my greatest good first?
YES. He died to redeem you. To bring you out of self living, defining yourself and placed you in Christ. So that all that you are and have and ever hope to be is both now and forever tied up in Him. So that with great hope and freedom this redemption is to be lived out in who He has made you and is making you for His glory.

Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q? Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would I would grow, mature and be an active participant in my own relationship with Him and as an influence for others to be in relationship with Him? YES.
Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would not live out my spiritual walk with him in isolation and that I’d be an active part of his covenant love within a covenant of membership in the church?
YES. He has plans and purpose for your growth that can only be realized and shaped in the context of a local body that is both preaching and living the Gospel. 
Will this be easy? NO.

Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

Q? Does God expect/ it is His plan that I would in whatever stage of life I find myself (single, married, with kids, without kids, young or older) seek to live submissive to His will and point those he has given me to care for towards honouring him with the offerings of cutting things out, dedicating my resources/energies, etc, praying and working for redemption in this stage of life with others? YES.
Will this be easy? NO.
Does He still expect it, is it still His will? YES.
Has He promised to enable me/us to obey for His glory and for my/our good? YES.

God’s saving plan may seem lame_ yet He has both called us to it; enabling us for it, and will use it to glorify Himself and our good. 

Updated by Brad Somers, Lead Pastor