Jesus our Joshua Devotional Series
The Church in our time faces sweeping change and threatening new frontiers. The giants and walled cities of Canaan were always frightening while later in Jerusalem following the events of the cross the disciples met behind locked doors. This series of devotional reflections for personal or group use seeks to strengthen and encourage. Rev. Ted Curnow provides a series to encourage and stimulate Christian reflection at this time of change and challenge.
Jesus our Joshua Series Number 1 (Two page PDF): Reflection and Question below.
Within sight of the Promised Land, on their first approach the Israelites turned back and perished. (Numbers chapters 13 &14) ‘The people said, ‘Let us return to Egypt.’
They could have made eleven days of progress, but they chose forty extra years of wandering. (Duet. 2:14).
How do we as Christian’s respond to the challenges we face today?
Reflect on the options of ‘fight or flight’ and the following passages. Matt. 26:52-55, Acts 4: 10-12, 5: 27-31, 17:16-17, 1 Tim 2: 1-4, 1 Tim. 6: 11-14.
Jesus our Joshua Series Number 2 (Two page PDF): Discussion point below
Like the Israelites, Christians today face a new frontier, many threatening changes and an uncertain future. Recall and discuss Jesus final promise to his disciples ( Math 28; 18-20) and how we can take it to heart by practising his presence in the routine of our daily lives.
Jesus our Joshua Series Number 3 (Two page PDF): Reflection and question below.
(1) Can you think of promises in the New Testament that invite us to ‘go in and possess’ the rich promises of Christ’s victory. Rest from the pressures of others, rest from an accusing conscience. Make a combined list of verses that are clear promises.
Claim them personally or as a group as the assurance of the new standing and the enduring relationship you share with our Father-God.
(2) While we are not to live in an unreal, make-believe world with our head in the clouds. How often do we claim the peace of Christ over the troubles that can easily beset us? Suggest helpful ways of doing this.
As Joshua faced a seemingly daunting task leading the Israelites to the Promised Land. God gave reassurance multiple times. “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
Be strong and very courageous.” “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” “Be strong and courageous.” “Only be strong and courageous.” Our faith can be just words until tested by action. These attributes don’t come from within. They come and can be claimed because the Maker of all things is in control of all things and is sustaining all things. This is why we are called to pray and in doing so to “cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Discuss Jesus final statement “I am with you always to end of the age.” (Matt 28:20.) How do we experience His presence?