Joshua 1:1-9

Correpoding to the sermon on 4 September 2016

Read: Joshua 1:1-9 and in the New Living Translation

After the death of Moses the Lord’s servant, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— 4 from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ 5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

6 “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Ask:

  • What did God command Joshua to do?
  • How many times did God tell him to be strong and courageous?
  • Why did he need to be strong and courageous?
  • How often was Joshua supposed to meditate on God’s Word?
  • Why is God’s Word so important?
  • Do you need to be strong and courageous? In what kind of situations?
  • What does God promise Joshua (verse 5, 9)?

Draw:

these two pictures and then discuss the question.

  • Hebrews 4:12 – the sword. How is God’s Word is like a sword?
  • Psalm 1:3 – the luxuriant tree. How does meditating on God’s Word makes us like a strong tree?

Memorize:

together either Joshua 1:9, Hebrews 4:12 or Psalm 1:3. You might want to use the “one word, one word” format. The first person in the group says the first word, the second person says the second word and so on, until you have completed the entire memory verse. Repeat this until everyone knows the verse by heart. 

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