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Planting 2.0: Joshua 1.1-9. The Cross Over

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Planting 2.0: If God is for Us...

Series Introduction
Lessons from Joshua 1:1-9
Reasons for Confidence:
God Given Territory
Authority:
Moses dies and gives the work to Joshua
Moses go them there.
Jesus rises and gives the work to the church
Jesus did it all for us: Nothing to fear!
Confidence! Where we go there we claim Christ’s rule.
God’s Presence Promised
I will be with you x2
Great Commission
Why the reminders?
Why the reminder
Be strong and courageous x3!
Because we are Frightened and Dismayed
Dismayed= shaking in your boots
The enemy will look intimidating.
We’re blind to the enemy...
Worried for the evangelical church.
So what does Joshua need to do?
Be strong and very courageous to keep the Word in front of you!
How to take over?
This is how you’re going to achieve success!
It’s already yours, you just have to go and get it.
Swords and chariots?
Where you go, you will go with the victory in hand.
The whole universe
How to take over?
Swords and chariots?
I will be with you
Why when it’s already been given to them? Because even walking through the land may be too much work.
Why when it’s already been given to them? Because even walking through the land may be too much work.
We’re blind to the enemy...
Worried for the evangelical church.
How will they win?
With God’s presence.
Quote about Fears:
The NIV Application Commentary: Joshua Joshua’s Commissioning (vv. 2–9)

The danger is that fears, feelings of inadequacy, and doubts may cripple the leader’s resolve, muddle his mind, and shake his confidence. The resulting confusion, wavering, and tentativeness sow despair, if not dissent, among the followers and endanger the mission. The temptation, then, is to back off from risks, to strike compromises, or to retreat altogether. To “be strong and courageous” means to be steady, resolute, bold, and unafraid.

Lent and beyond
Lent and beyond
Fear for the South
Loss of direction
Christian comfort
The land of Milk and Honey: The land of Honey got axed!
Planting 2.0: Pep Talk
Why this series?
Why this series?
Steer the ship a bit for where we want to go.
Fear of Uncertain Power
Problem:
Powerful Enemies
31 Kings
City States
Dangerous Path
Dangerous Path
Going into Church Planting
South ain’t Canaan, is it?
Challenges are different.
Church attendance vs. Discipleship
Why are we necessary in the south?
We need to be here. We need more churches like this.
Raison d’etre: Bucking the trends of isolationism…
In the face of Such Opposition, the Lord provides exceptional grace...
Grace in the Text:
Grace in the Text:
Best pep talk in the Bible!
God gives Leadership
God gives Land
‘cross-over’ appears 32x in the first 5 chapters.
Give: 89x in Joshua: 78x refers to God gift
All the land: ‘all’ ‘each’ ‘every’= 236x in Joshua. Unity of land with people.
God gave the Word
Gives Himself!
I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
b. Be strong and courageous
for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.
Only be strong and very courageous,
being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but
you shall meditate on it day and night,
but you shall meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful 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. Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the
Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Why do we live in fear?
Why do we live in fear of failure?
Why do we live in fear of being successful?
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