Sermon Notes

“Strong and Courageous” – Part 5 (5/6/18)


Read I Corinthians 1:4-9

Personal story: “Spiritual mediocrity promises an oasis of rest, but is only a mirage in the spiritual desert.”

Read Joshua 3:9-17

I. God’s Timing

A. The Original Plan (Numbers ch.13)

  • Mt. Sinai first, then
  • Giving of the Law, followed by
  • The Promised Land

B. Moses, Joshua, and Caleb

  • They were not at fault when the people chose fear over trust
  • Sometimes the faithful are affected by the unfaithful

C. The Second Plan

  • Flood season (v.15)
  • Overflowing its banks meant 100ft wide, 10ft. deep and swift current
  • There was no opportunity for critics to give credit to a drought or other natural explanation

II. God’s Boundaries

A. He clearly defined the borders (1:4)

B. Some settled for less

  • The Eastern Tribes
  • They considered it “close enough”
  • Often there is a strong temptation to settle for “close enough” to what God has planned. Close enough to see, but not necessarily experience it.
  • Keep going!

III. God’s Direction (v.3-4)

A. It’s often unknown (unknown to us, but not Him!)

B. It’s often intimidating (intimidating to us, but not Him!)

IV. God’s Power

Read 4:19-24

A. He made it happen

B. He is to get the glory

C. We are to rely on Him

V. Conclusion

Question – “Do you possess the gift?”

  • East of the Jordan – “close enough”
  • Crossing the Jordan – in faith


“Strong and Courageous” – Part 4 (4/29/18)

Intro: In a recent GQ magazine editorial, the Bible was listed as one of the most overrated books in history and in their opinion one not to bother to read.

So, why read the Bible?

Simply put, it’s the history of the world and the revelation of a scarlet thread of redemption woven all the way through.

Many recorded stories include it and “Rahab of Jericho” is one of them.

Let’s take a look:

Read Joshua 2:1-13

I. The Scarlet Thread of Faith (v.1-13)

A. Her Previous Life

  • No glossing over (a Biblical norm)
  • Pagan
  • Prominent
  • Independent

B. Her Acknowledgement of Jehovah (9-11)

  • There was a turning of her heart
  • An embracing of God for who He really is

C. Her Request

  • For herself
  • For her family (even though there may have been separation between them and no record of them having faith in Jehovah)

I. The Scarlet Thread of Redemption (v.14-20)

Read v.14-20

A. The Godly Response (from spies – v.14)

  • Kindness
  • Mercy

B. The Call to Action

  • Doorposts in Egypt
  • Public Profession (then and now)

III. The Scarlet Thread of Legacy (v.21)

A. Her response (v.21)

B. Her lineage – Married Salmon which produced Boaz-Obed-Jesse-David, and ultimately Jesus

C. Her Testimony

  • Hebrews 11:30-31
  • James 2:25
  • Rahab’s life is the very picture of redemption
  • Isaiah 1:18-20 – cleansed, new, white

IV. Conclusion

Question – “What does the scarlet thread mean to you?”


“Strong and Courageous” – Part 3 (4/22/18)

Intro: Last week we considered “God’s charge to the Hebrews, Joshua, and us”. There were two main points, and that was the remembering, and the directives received.

Thinking about that, it reminds me of a manufactured product known by the brand name “Kevlar” which consists of tough fibers woven with resin into an incredibly strong composite. It’s amazingly strong, and durable.

Over the course of Joshua’s life, there was a weaving together of a strong constitution. It’s very much like the weaving of the composite with tough fibers and resin. His upbringing, the miraculous delivery from Egypt, his experience with Moses on Mt. Sinai, and the wilderness years all served to strengthen his faith. When God instructs him to meditate on the words written down by Moses (v.8), it was a directive to stay focused every day and respond with a “Word-Strong” attitude.

Today I want to look at what a “Word-strong” attitude looks like:

Read Joshua 1:10-18

I. Joshua’s Word-Strong Response

A. Go do (v.11)

  • Prepare for action
  • It’s “really happening”

B. Remember (v.13)

  • Context of the situation
  • The promises of God
  • God’s faithfulness

C. Keep Doing (v.15)

  • Keep your word (agreement of tribes who settled on the east side of the Jordan)
  • Keep going until the job is done

II. The People’s Word-Strong Response

A. We will do (v.16)

B. We will remember Who’s in charge (v.17)

C. We will keep doing (v.18)

  • We will stay strong (even when it gets tough)
  • You stay strong (even when it gets tough)

III. Our Word-Strong Response

Read Philippians 4:8-9

Based on the foundation of a growing relationship with the Lord, we are to meditate on these things and let the Word strengthen us “layer upon layer” (like the weaving of a strong composite).

A. To do (v.9)

B. To remember (.8)

C. To keep doing (v.9)

IV. Conclusion

Question – Are you “Word-Strong”?

Consider the points of the Philippians passage:

  • Think on things that are true, noble, just, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy.
  • In the process, the God of Peace is there with us…


“Strong and Courageous” – Part 2 (4/15/18)

Intro: The significance of the “Roman Arch” in history

In scripture, there’s something I call the “Arch of Strength”. On the one side is ‘remembrance” and on the other is the directives that God gives us based on (and tied to)

I. God’s Charge to the Hebrews

A. Remembrance (Ex. 20:2)

Based on that…

B. God’s Directive (Deut. 6:4-9)

  • Matters of the heart
  • Matters of the hands
  • Matters of the words

II. God’s Charge to Joshua

Read Joshua 1:1-9

A. Remembrance (v.5)

  • Remember God’s deliverance from Egypt
  • Remember being on Mt. Sinai (w/ Moses) and God’s powerful presence
  • Remember the desert provision

B. God’s Directive

  • Be strong and courageous (as leader v.6)
  • Be strong and courageous (as follower v.7)
  • Be strong and courageous (as teacher v.8-9)

C. In the meditating on/communicating the Word, there is

  • Personal consideration first, then
  • Personal appropriation next, followed by
  • Communication to others

III. God’s Charge to Us

A. Remembrance – Read Hebrews 10:19-23

(The one side of “the arch” is what was of old, “The Law”, and the other side of “the arch” is what’s new, redemption and welcome into His presence-“the arch of strength”)

B. God’s Directive (the picture of Joshua)

  • For the tasks each day (I will be with you)
  • For following as a disciple (observe, read, meditate, pray)
  • For teaching others (not letting the words depart from your mouth)

IV. Conclusion

Question – What does “your arch” look like?


“Strong and Courageous” – Joshua – Part 1 (4/8/18)

Intro: Snoopy and Lucy (the example of her as a discouraging presence)

Life can be very discouraging at times…

Joshua is a transitional figure in the history of Israel

  • Pivotal time
  • Pivotal person
  • Truth stands against the wind of discouragement (the “Lucys” of the world)

Three observations about Joshua’s approach to life:

Read Exodus 17:8-16

I. God is our Banner

A. There will always be “Amalekites”

  • Descendants of Esau (what that means)
  • Unprovoked anger toward Israel
  • Saw Israel as a threat

B. God is our standard to look at (Moses and the rod)

C. God leads from a different perspective (v.16)

  • Big picture of Israel’s purpose
  • Big picture of Amalekites condition and history

II. God is our Rock

A. Joshua grew confident in the Lord

  • On Mt. Sinai with Moses (Exodus 24:13)
  • Saw the glory of God
  • Heard the voice of God

B. Joshua’s name was changed (Numbers 13:16)

  • Names carried significant meanings
  • Meaning “salvation” first, but changed to mean “Jehovah is Salvation”
  • The change more properly reflected Joshua’s character

Question: What has your name come to represent?

III. God is our Provider

Read Numbers 14:6-10

Joshua was no naïve, idealistic youngster. He made the comments from a confidence in the Lord. He trusted God for:

A. Emotional provision

  • Against fear
  • Against doubt
  • Other weak areas

B. Physical provision

  • Land itself
  • Protection from enemies

C. Spiritual protection

  • Read Exodus 19:5-6a
  • Read I Peter 2:9

IV. Conclusion

How would you finish this sentence? God is my __________________.

How does your life reflect that?


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