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Our Place in His Story

November 10, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Topic: Our Place in His Story

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • Looking at the first Generation of Conquest, we see God speaking to Moses as he led the people. Why did that generation and leadership fail to enter the Promised Land / Rest?  How important is submission to God in our relationship with Him? (Point I)
  • Considering the second Generation of Conquest led by Joshua we see the same dynamic- God speaks to Joshua, Joshua leads the people. But this time, we see the people and leadership submitting to God.  Was it easier for this generation to trust and obey?  In comparison, does your walk with God look like the first or second Generation? (Point II)
  • Why do we struggle to fear change or failure? God’s words to Joshua were preparing him and Israel for a transition.  It’s ok to have plans; but are we walking and trusting God more than our agendas?  Are we ok when God tells us that’s enough, move on or let go?  Would you be ok if God said right now, my child, come home? (Point III)
  • As we consider the end of the story from Revelation, how does this motivate you personally to live out Philippians 3:12-4:1? (Point IV)

              Message outline

Title: Our Place in His Story

Series: Joshua: Salvation Through Judgment

Text: Key Passage-> Joshua 12:1-13:7

Main Idea: God is present and at work all around us!

 

  1. First Generation (Joshua 12:1-6)
  • Through Moses, God leads the newly freed slaves from Egypt across the Wilderness toward their inheritance. As God spoke to Moses, Moses would lead the people; however, the people struggled to submit in faith.  This Chapter ends with heartache.
    • Summary (v.1)
    • Conquest begins (Larger Territories) Vv.2-5
    • Inheritance given
      • Reubenites, Gadites and half-tribe Manasseh (v.6)
    • However, this original cast were not able to continue into the next chapter. Nation and Leaders failed to submit to God.
      • Nation -> Numbers 14:20-38 (Unbelief)
      • Leadership -> Numbers 20:1-29 (Disobedience)

 

  1. Second Generation (Joshua 12:7-24)
  • Through Joshua, God leads a new generation across the Jordan into the land of Promise. As God spoke to Joshua, Joshua led the people and the people submitted in faith.  Stronghold after stronghold would fall. This Chapter ends with great rest.
    • Summary (Vv. 7-8)
    • Conquest Continues (Large Cities / Strongholds) Vv.9-24
    • Nation and Leaders succeed in submitting to God.

 

III. Third Generation (Joshua 13:1-7)

  • Joshua and the Nation transition into the next chapter as a new stage gets set up.
    • Joshua
      • Growing old (v.1), much land remains to be possessed (Vv.2-6). Note -> Psalm 116:15
        • See -> Philippians 1:19-30
      • National breaks down to Tribal
        • God will continue to drive them out, but not through Joshua. Joshua was to empower the tribes to take the battle to the home front (Vv.6-7)
          • See -> Philippians 3:12-4:1
          • See -> 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
  1. Final Generation (Revelation 20:7-21:3)
  • Hardened hearts unite against God and His people; Judgment and Wrath removing sin forever as Gods Rest is entered.

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Canaan: Israel’s Footstool (Part 2)