The Promise Keeping God

Joshua Series Introduction

The book of Joshua, and particularly the character of Joshua, has often been used as a source of inspiration for many different purposes. Sermons have been preached, and books have been written, on a wide range of topics all drawn from these 24 chapters. Leadership, strategy, progress, courage, conflict resolution — among many others, are some of the topics you’ll find addressed by inspiration from this book. But though his name is used as the title, this book isn’t really about Joshua. Nor is it particularly about leadership, or courage — this book, like every other in the Bible, is primarily about God. In particular, the dominant theme of Joshua is that of a God who is faithful to his own word, and that he is a God who saves!

As a way of introduction, the following clip was played just prior to the sermon starting. This clip was written and produced by the creative team from The Bible Project.

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Joshua, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Joshua, after Moses' death, Joshua leads Israel and they settle in the promised land currently occupied by Canaanites.

Chair Four: The Disciple-Maker

“Jesus recognised that people were at different stages in the disciple-making journey, and that was okay. He started where people were and intentionally moved them to a deeper level of growth and maturity. He started with seeker (Chair 1) and then moved them to believers (Chair 2). In time, he challenged these believers to become workers in the harvest field (Chair 3) and, finally, fully trained reproducing disciple-makers (Chair 4).” — Dann Spader

Join us this week as we unpack the context of Chair 4, then explore the ministry principles we need to understand in helping us to multiply as believers.

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Chair Three: The Worker

“Jesus recognised that people were at different stages in the disciple-making journey, and that was okay. He started where people were and intentionally moved them to a deeper level of growth and maturity. He started with seeker (Chair 1) and then moved them to believers (Chair 2). In time, he challenged these believers to become workers in the harvest field (Chair 3) and, finally, fully trained reproducing disciple-makers (Chair 4).” — Dann Spader

Join us this week as we unpack the context of Chair 3, then explore the ministry principles we need to understand in helping us to grow as believers.

Chair Two: The Believer

“Jesus recognised that people were at different stages in the disciple-making journey, and that was okay. He started where people were and intentionally moved them to a deeper level of growth and maturity. He started with seeker (Chair 1) and then moved them to believers (Chair 2). In time, he challenged these believers to become workers in the harvest field (Chair 3) and, finally, fully trained reproducing disciple-makers (Chair 4).” — Dann Spader

Join us this week as we unpack the context of Chair 2, then explore the ministry principles we need to understand in helping us to grow as believers.

Chair One: The Lost

“Jesus recognised that people were at different stages in the disciple-making journey, and that was okay. He started where people were and intentionally moved them to a deeper level of growth and maturity. He started with seeker (Chair 1) and then moved them to believers (Chair 2). In time, he challenged these believers to become workers in the harvest field (Chair 3) and, finally, fully trained reproducing disciple-makers (Chair 4).” — Dann Spader

Join us this week as we unpack the context of Chair 1, then explore the ministry principles we need to understand in helping us to take the gospel to the lost of Raymond Terrace and beyond.

When Standing Means Kneeling

Key Text: 1 Peter 5:1-14

We persevere in suffering and resist the Devil's attacks by clothing ourselves with humility toward each other as we kneel before a gracious God with expectant joy in a future glory.

Memory Verse

1 Peter 5:6-7 (CSB) — Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

When Standing Means Suffering

Key Text: 1 Peter 4:1-19

What will stop us becoming bitter in the face of suffering? Join us for our next session in the 'Stand' series and discover that there is an antidote to bitterness that springs from suffering, and that the antidote is good news.

Memory Verse

1 Peter 4:12-13 (CSB) — Dear friends, don't be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed.