This semester, we at the Tribe of School wanted to give you all a better smattering of what we teach here. Now in his second year teaching, Seth Waters–our recording studio and sound man meets worship leader–will take us through the victories and defeats of the Book of Joshua.
INTRO TO JOSHUA: Teacher: Seth Waters
The promise land: what is it reference to? Confusion of the analogy… Not heaven.
The promise land was a place of warfare… Not heaven.
“the foundations of our faith – regeneration and justification – are laid deeply in order that they may carry the superstructure of sanctification and holiness.”–Allan Redpath
We can make multiple points here.
1. The law cannot inherit the promise on its own due to our sin. Romans 7… The regenerate man.
It requires faith in Jesus. (Joshua had to lead them. To him, all spiritual blessing has been given, and he holds it in trust for all of us to claim).
2. The opportunity to step up.
3rd and 4th verses.
The greatest of saints are the greatest receivers.
A whole generation died in the wilderness due to their sin of unbelief. Joshua and Caleb were the only two tribes to enter in. What were the only two tribes that had good reports in the end of the book? Those of Joshua & Caleb.
God did not cause the sin of the fathers to punish the sons. He offered another shot but still allowed free will because of his love. The offer was for everyone. Only those who took it endured.
There were strongholds to take…. Lots of them.
Go over this Jordan though and all the people. This offered life on a higher plain. Life free from the wilderness. Even through war and conflict.
Be strong and of good courage. Joshua 1:9
We are all conscious of our shortcomings and that’s why it was repeated so much. Be strong, be strong, be courageous, be courageous, and so on.
Joshua knew his shortcomings and was fine with being second in command. But now the time of reckoning had come and he was scared.
God said be strong. IT meant Joshua was weak
God said be of good courage. IT meant Joshua was afraid
God said neither be thou dismayed. IT meant Joshua was an easy quitter
God uses men that feel like this.
Most of us are too big for God to use.
What were Joshua’s leadership traits?
1. FAITHFUL: Moses’ minister.
Joshua had lived for 40 years in Egypt.
Lived 40 yrs in the wilderness.
Was in the battle of the Amalikites.
He had the guts to want to take on the giants.
We think we have it together in our own little schemes.
2. A DISTINCT CALL
I was with Moses so I will be with you.
A man assured of gods call is invincible
The question is not are we qualified but are we called?
Are you grasping for position or are you called?
3. AN INDWELLING OF THE WORD OF GOD
Through the Word comes fullness on your life.
The secret to all power in leadership is to be possessed by the son of God, to be strengthened by his indwelling power and to be filled by his Holy Spirit
“Thou shall meditate therein day and night.”
Jesus said the words that I speak to you are Spirit and life.
Three requirements of leadership:
A faithful past, a sound vocation and a filling of the Word of God.