How have we connected with God in his Word this week?

How have we followed what he’s told us?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, 11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.'”

12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, 15 until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses! 18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

Recall from Sunday:

We are called to prompt (1:10-11), selfless (1:12-15) full (1:16-18) obedience to God’s word.

Reflect:

What are the most significant notes you took during the sermon?

What did you learn about God and his plans for us from the Bible passage?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

When Joshua heard God’s commission, he wasted no time in mobilizing the people of Israel to head into the Promised Land (1:10-11). Are there steps of obedience God is calling you to that you’re hesitating on? Why?

Joshua knew the tribes with land on the east of the Jordan would need a special reminder to join the campaign into the Promised Land, since they had already secured their inheritance (1:12-15). Their obedience to the command would require selflessness. Are there areas of selfishness in your life God has been bringing to light? What are you clinging to?

The tribes respond enthusiastically and fully in their commitment to follow God through Joshua (1:16-18). They had found joy in following God wholeheartedly. Are you finding obedience to God burdensome? Could there be areas of your life you’re still holding onto control and claiming as your own to do with what you please? How might things change if you fully surrendered to God?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

We spent time confessing these areas of hesitating or half-hearted obedience to God on Sunday. Has it made a difference? Brainstorm together as a team how we can each take a new, fuller step of obedience to God this week.

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