Bible Study Notes: October 19, 2010

Passage: Joshua 7

V. 1-5

-Greed and arrogance begins to drive Israel’s decisions

They enter Ai without consulting God – showing Israel losing focus on God as the one that goes before them – the one that makes the victories happen – arrogance

Achan takes devoted items – greed

Vs. 6-9

“Trouble can humble us to see our need for God that we might not have seen if all went well.”

Joshua hadn’t consulted God before, but he definitely did after the 36 men were killed

v. 10-25

One person’s sin can hold the whole group back

Very public act of picking Achan and his family out of the whole tribe of Israel

God wanted to keep His people from doing something like this again so He needed to show them the harsh penalty

v. 26

Leaving the pile of stones as a reminder

It’s about the whole team

Achan’s sin affected everyone

Joshua’s decision to go into Ai before talking to God affected everyone

Our obedience/disobedience affects the entire Body

If Joshua had just consulted God in the beginning then it might have all turned out differently, but they went ahead without God

Their downfall brought needed recognition of God and His control

Bible Study Notes: October 12, 2010

Passage: Joshua 6

Vs. 1-3

-  this seemed like such a foolish way to fell the city

- Hebrews 11: 29-31

> the walls would probably never have fallen if they hadn’t had faith in what God was telling them to do

Vs. 4-5

- Sometimes God asks us to do something that doesn’t seem to make sense so that we will know He is the one doing it – causing us to focus on his wisdom and his power – causing others to see Him as the one doing the work and not us!

- the Israelites showed full obedience to Joshua’s authority

- faith & obedience go hand-in-hand

Vs. 8-11

-  Ark of the covenant at the center focus (vs. 8-14)

Vs. 12-19

-  taking everything out of the city and starting brand new

- Do you think the people in Jericho were “bad”? Or they were just in the place God promised His people? What would this relate to in our lives today?

Vs. 20-27

-  when they were faithful and obeyed they saw God deliver them

Bible Study Notes: October 5, 2010

Passage: Joshua 5

(The people of Israel had just crossed over the Jordan River into the promised land, and had just finished setting up 12 stones to remind future generations of  the miraculous work the LORD had done for them that day.)

Vs. 1

-  now people were afraid of the Israelites – the roles were reversed

- when we surrender to God then we see results

Vs. 2-7

-  the act of circumcision represented the dedication of a new generation and the continuation of God’s covenant with them

- Joshua continues his pattern of obedience to the LORD

-we don’t know why they hadn’t been circumsized along the way – maybe because it was to difficult during the journey, or maybe because of Israel’s disobedience

- God loves unity – the Israelites did this as one

Vs. 8 -12

-  “roll away the reproach of Egypt”

>  another indication of a new generation

> a triumph and victory for the Israelites from God

- celebrating being out of the wilderness

> going from manna to produce from Canaan

* God provided all of it

> not only are they getting land, but also food – God will always provide, we just need to be obedient. He is always going before us and preparing the way, all we need to do is trust and follow

-though God had been providing for them all along with the manna, this provision was special and marked a new chapter for the people

Vs. 13 -15

-  Moses & Joshua were both asked to remove their shoes

> signifying beginning and end of the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt

- “The commander of the Lord’s army”

> Jesus? God in human form? Angel?

> there was something different about this man

- Preparation for coming into the Lord’s presence

Bible Study Notes: September 28, 2010

Passage:  Joshua 4

(the nation of Israel has just finished crossing over the Jordan River into the promised land of Canaan, after the LORD miraculously parted the river in front of them.)

Vs. 1- 7

-  Nothing they did was for themselves

-  God keeps reminding the people of His power

> don’t be afraid; fear ME

- Right now in our world, we are so busy glorifying the gifts and not the gift-giver

> Joshua followed the Lord with a quickness

> He gave the Lord His due reverence and obedience

  • Wasn’t hard for Joshua to follow God because he had an awesome example in Moses
  • We have to remember that we are “Moses” to someone – am I someone “Joshua” can look up to in my walk with God?

- Vs 7

> What are some things God’s done in our life that we want to make a memorial to remember His greatness?

- In this day and age we don’t necessarily have the patience to wait and see the miracles of the Lord

- It can be easy to not remember God in my own life

> it’s important to share with each other to give each other hope

Vs. 8-13

-  The people were ready for war

- War today isn’t necessarily the way it was before, but we still have to be prepared for it. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. (see Ephesians 6:10-18)

Vs. 14

- revered

> Great respect; awe

> Israel knew Joshua was the real deal

- God keeps bringing these leaders in the Old Testament that people revered to point to Christ – they all eventually failed

- It’s all about God, not the leader – they are not above God

- When you are a leader, you are in a higher standard of accountability

- We are all leaders in some capacity and we are either for Christ or Satan

-  We have to pray for one another – especially our leaders!

- What can we be doing to share with people what God’s done in our lives?

- Where do we need to be patient as we wait for the people to cross the Jordan?

- Are we telling our children/others of the Lord’s faithfulness and what he has done for us in our lives by his miraculous power?

Vs. 24

- Psalm 121

- If we know where our help comes from then we can help point others to it

Bible Study Notes: Sept. 21, 2010

Passage: Joshua 3

(Joshua had just sent out 2 spies into the land of Canaan, who returned to report that the LORD had already prepared the way, melting the people’s hearts in fear of the Isrealites.)

Verses 1-8:

-  more preparation

- God is constantly giving us instruction on what we should do – can we hear him?

- Vs. 5

>  God using us to do amazing things through us so that He can get the glory

- Vs. 3

>  The people had to walk 1,000 yds behind the Ark of the Covenant

* could they even see it?

* they had to trust that it was a head of them and that the Jordan was parting

- Levites chosen to carry the Ark

> set apart people who are held to a higher standard

- The people needed to consecrate themselves – prepare – for what God was about to do

- We just have to step out; God’s putting it all together before we get there

Verses 9-13:

- God’s already set a place aside for the Isrealites, they just have to obey

- What are the obstacles in my life that are keeping me from seeing God?

- God is everything we are and has been there long before us

> vs. 11, 13: “Lord of all the earth”

Verses 14-17:

- everything about God doesn’t make sense

- Vs. 17

> as we grow, we have to stand firm on the Truth of God

- Hebrews 11:16

> common sense and faith/logic and faith DON’T GO TOGETHER

Review:

- Stay on the center road – don’t sway to the right or to the left

- Don’t be terrified or discouraged

- Vs. 5

> Be consecrated (pure)

* live what you teach and preach

* be consistent in God’s Truth

- God uses common people to accomplish His will

Church/Bible Study Notes: Sept. 12th & 14th

September 12, 2010

Sermon: What Did Jesus DO?

Passages: 1 Timothy 4:7, Luke 2:41-52, Matt: 3:13-17

Notes:

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”

-1 Tim.4:7

-What does it mean to train ourselves to be godly, or what are some examples of the disciplines of a godly life?  Here are two examples in the life of Christ.

In Luke Chapter 2, we see Jesus at just 12 yrs. of age leaving his family to go sit in the temple courts with the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. In v. 49 he asks, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

-Are we “in our Father’s house”? Are we pursuing the interests of our flesh, or focused on the things of this world rather than our Father’s business? We have to make the deliberate choice to place ourselves in our Father’s house.

Matthew 3:1-17

In this chapter Jesus goes and sees John in order to be baptized by him. At first, John protests, because he knows who Jesus is.  He says that he is the one who should be baptized by Jesus! But Jesus replied in v.15, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

-Jesus wasn’t concerned with appearances, or preoccupied with himself. Everything he did was in accordance with the will of his Father. He was willing to humble himself, God’s own Son, and be baptized by John, in order to “fulfill all righteousness”.

-Am I willing to be obedient to the Father, even if it means humbling myself, or placing myself under the leadership or authority of someone who may be “lesser” than me in some respect?

Following this act of obedience, the Holy Spirit himself descended on Jesus and the Father said, (v.17) “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

-Blessing follows after obedience, and God is always pleased with our steps of obedience, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to us.

-In what areas of my life is God calling me to take a step of obedience to Him?  What do I need to throw off or remove from my life in order to be able to train without being hindered?

September 14, 2010, Bible Study

Passage: Joshua 2:14-24

Notes:

-we reviewed Chapter 1 and the 1st part of Chapter 2 for those who were here for the first time.  In verse 14 we have the 2 Israelite spies Joshua sent out into Jericho (part of the Promised Land) after being commanded by God to “be strong and courageous”, remembering God’s presence with him/God’s people always, and his promise to give them success wherever they went as they were obedient to him.  (Ch.1, v.7-9) Joshua began readying the people, as God instructed him, to go take possession of the land (Ch. 1, v. 11), which included sending out these 2 spies.  The spies encounter Rahab, a prostitute, who seems an unlikely candidate for God’s favor. But she has heard of God’s power, and come to believe that he is the One True God, to the point she is willing to risk her own life to protect the spies that have been sent by his people.

-v. 17-20 The spies agreed to spare Rahab’s life, along with her entire family, if she kept her word to them, keeping quiet about what she has learned of their plan. They told her to hang a red cord in the same window they escaped to freedom from, to remind them which house they were to pass over and spare in battle.

-Sometimes we need to look back to our “red cord in the window” and remember what God has done for us and how we have been set free.

-The LORD was pleased with Rahab’s faith, made evident in the actions she took, risking her life by turning against her country and placing trust in the God of Israel and his people.

-Her family would also need to have faith to be saved. V. 19 says that if any of them were to leave the house during the battle, their blood would be on their own heads. They would have to choose to put their faith in God’s ability to save them over their own ability to save themselves, or over their countrymen’s abilities to defend them against God’s people.

-In the same way, we must remain in “God’s house” to be saved. We need to make the choice of faith, telling God that we trust in him to rescue us and not in our own abilities or those of others in our lives.  What choices of faith do I need to make in my life in order to step back into “God’s house”?

-V. 24 The spies return to Joshua with the report that the LORD has already given the whole land into their hands, because everyone has already been stricken with fear of the Israelites.

-God has instructed Joshua not to fear, because fear would have prevented the Israelites from entering the Promised Land. This would have been foolish, because God had already promised it to them, and he had already been at work ahead of them, striking fear in the hearts of the people there.  In a sense, the battle had been won before it even began.

-Is there a place in my life that God has promised to me, but I am avoiding because of fear?

-Remember that he goes before us, he will never leave us or forsake us, and many times his work is unseen until we take a step of faith and obedience, trusting in his promise and his faithfulness over our own abilities or the abilities of others in our lives.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study!!!

We have moved our Adult Bible studies from evening to morning so that more people are available to attend.  We have begun studying the book of Joshua.  Come on out for a time of fellowship, prayer and digging into the Word of God.  Feel free to just sit back and listen, or speak up and ask questions or encourage one another in the love of Christ!! Come and share your perspective, your insight, and your wisdom with us!  Everyone is welcome.  We meet every Tuesday at 9am in the back conference room on the right side of the duplex @ 3600 Desire Parkway.  Check this blog for notes if you have to miss and send us a note here with your thoughts, questions, or prayer requests.