1:10 HOMEWORK April 1, 2012 | Wawasee Community Bible Church | Milford, Indiana | Pastor Josh Weiland
Joshua 5:13-6:27 | The Battle at Jericho “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho”? (v. 5:13-15)
______________ fought the battle of Jericho!
Whose Battle(s) Are You Fighting? (v. 6:1-5) Jesus is the one who gives the commands to Joshua in 6:1-5 and assures the victory. So often we pick our battles and try to claim God for our side. But the reality is that God does not align himself with the agenda of any man, church, or nation. He calls each to align themselves with him. The right response is obedience. Jesus’ Orders to the Church (to you):
Matthew 28:16–20 (ESV) | The Great Commission 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Are you making disciples for Jesus? Or are you simply making a point for Jesus? Win people, not arguments.
Are You Obedient to Jesus’ Command? (v. 6:6-21)
1. Based on what you know about Jericho, about this battle, and about Jesus’ commands to Joshua... why might conquering Jericho and winning the battle have seemed impossible to the Israelites? Do you think any of them felt that it was? 2. Make a list. What are some of the battles you’re fighting in your life right now? Which of them seem impossible to you? 3. Repentance is rightly defined as “turning from” and/or “changing your mind about” something. In trusting Jesus when we face things that seem “impossible”, what role does repentance play? Is there an attitude or action you need to repent of? 4. Read Matthew 28:16-20. What is the primary command Jesus gives to the church? 5. Are you obeying that command? Are you fighting that battle? Make a list of ways that you are, big and small. 6. When you consider Jesus’ command to “Make Disciples”, does it seem impossible to you? Why and why not? 7. Read Genesis 18:9–14. What ‘impossible’ thing did the Lord promise to do for Abraham and Sarah? How did they respond? 8. Read Luke 1:26–38. What ‘impossible’ thing did the Lord promise to Mary? How did she respond?
Victory is only assured by following _______________ orders.
9. What are some of the ‘walls’ that unbelievers have erected against the truth of Jesus?
Do you believe God’s Word, and act upon it, no matter how you feel? Even when the battle seems impossible?
10. What are some of the ‘walls’ that you have erected against the truth of Jesus?
God Promises A Good Result! (v. 6:22-25, Prov. 21:31) You Are Loved! (v. 6:27, cf. 1:1-9, Matthew 28:16-20) Are you fighting your battle(s) alone? Trust Jesus. Joshua 1:9 (ESV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
11. Read Joshua 1:9 and the last sentence of Matthew 28:20. How does that help you when you’re faced with obstacles in your life?