Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thought: WWYD stands for What Would You Do.  If you were put in Joshua’s position, think about how you would react.  Because Joshua and the elders of Israel did not take counsel from the Lord, they made an oath that they now could not go back on.  We as people of God need to make sure that we are making good decisions by first asking counsel of the Lord and asking for His blessing on our lives. 

1.      What covenant did Joshua make with the Gibeonites?
2.      What cities were considered the Gibeonites?
3.      Why did the Gibeonites lie to Joshua in the first place?
4.      The Gibeonites did own up to what they had done in v.24 what did they say next that we could learn a lesson from?
5.      How did the Gibeonites serve the Israelites?

Exercise: Water Carriers
Objective: To move a cup of water from place to another (ex. Kitchen sink to back door; It needs to be at least 1 room length. Not bathroom sink to tub, unless you have little kids).
You may have up to 4 people.  You may only use 1 finger per person & you may not bend your finger.  (If anyone’s finger bends or water spills) you must start over.  Good Luck.

Prayer: Pray that we will seek God’s wisdom in our lives.  Also pray that when we do mess up we will be willing to admit it and be able to endure the consequences.

Answers:  1.  To let them live (v.15)    2. Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim (v.17)    3. They were afraid (v.24)    4. They asked the Israelites to do what they saw fit as a punishment (v.25)    5. Woodcutters & Water Carriers (v.27)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Following the Leader

Following the Leader

Thought: Joshua is preparing the people to cross over the Jordan and take the land that God has given to them.  Notice the response the people give to their leader, Joshua.  Verse 16 – “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.”  A good thought to mimic in following our leadership at Jscoc.  Let us through good times and bad times be strong and courageous in our efforts for kingdom growth. 
1.      How many days did the people have to prepare to cross over the Jordan?
2.      To whom did Joshua tell they would stay on this side of the Jordan, but would have to help their brethren fight?
3.      Did the people recognize Joshua as their leader?  Y or N
4.      What would happen to those who rebelled against Joshua’s command?

Exercise:   Follow the Leader
Take turns and play a simple game of Follow The Leader. 
-          How hard was it to follow the leader sometimes?
-          How hard is it do follow the leadership in the church, from God? 

o   He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.  – Aristotle

Prayer: Pray that we will be good followers of God and those who lead us now so the we can prepare ourselves to be leaders.  Pray that God’s will is always accomplished in our lives.

Answers: 1. 3       2. Reubenites, Gadites, ½ tribe of Manasseh                3. Yes (v.17)         4. Put to death (v.18)