FRESH: #2 "Courage in the Calling (Joshua 1:1-9)

Sermon Date: 
Jan 13 2019
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SERMON OUTLINE for further study/reflection.

I. INTRODUCTION
a) F.R.E.S.H. vision for 2019. "F"ollow Jesus, Build "R"elationships, "E"ncounter God in Worship, "S"erve Others in Humility, Live Empowered by the "H"oly Spirit
b) Difficult Moving forward when Discouragement is driven by Fear
c) Consequences when Fear Prevents You from Moving Forward

II. CURRENT REALITY & REASON FOR FEAR(Joshua & Israelites)
a) Witnessed a Generation Passing Away
b) Loss & Insecurity towards the Future (Moses is dead)
c) Called into Enormous Leadership Responsibility
d) Enemies Nearby
e) Unsettled Followers Who Experienced Desert Life (no home, no secure food supply, etc.)

III. GOD'S PREPARATION
a) Humble Service – Joshua Faithfully Served under Moses’ Leadership
b) Affirmation – God Affirms Joshua’s Leadership (Moses is dead…now then…you’re up!)
c) Encouragement – God Promises to be Personally Present (reason to be strong & courageous)
d) Direction – God Advises Direction for their Success (e.g. Careful Obey God’s Laws)
e) No Longer in the Waiting but in the Wanting (God desires to use you)

IV. GOD'S PREFERRED FUTURE FOR HIS PEOPLE
a) To be Settled and at Rest in a New Land Prepared as Promised
b) Loving-Abiding Covenant Relationship (see Joshua 23-24)

V. REASONS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH COURAGE AS CHRISTIANS
a) Abundant Land to Abundant Life Provided in Christ
b) Presence of Jesus is personally within you by the Holy Spirit
c) Obedience under God’s Word (authority) brings Blessings in Holy Living
d) Heavenly Rewards for Faithfully Following Christ – Where His He Leading You?

GROWING DEEPER IN REFLECTION & APPLICATION
1. Has fear ever discouraged you away from what God was calling you towards?
2. How did God speak directly to you this morning?
3. List one or two big courageous steps you need to take to faithfully follow/serve Christ this year
(e.g. new life-changes? ways to serve in His church body and/or community? etc.).
4. Pray for God’s guidance/wisdom in the steps required for question #3.

May we move forward in God's strength giving us the courage needed,
Pastor Trevor