In the book of Joshua, God warned his people to pay close attention to his leading because “You haven’t traveled this way before.” Today, we are carefully following our government and health leaders because we rightly want to suppress a monster disease called coronavirus, but Jews and Christians alike have been doing something similar since Joshua exhorted the Israelites and Jesus exhorted his disciples to “come, follow me” and that’s a far cry from our modern cultural anthem, “Hey, do your own thing.”
Today, Pastor Greg Byman explains how God taught the Israelites to follow Him carefully. Coronavirus or not, today we have the same orders—look to Jesus and follow him carefully.
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Follow God Carefully
By Pastor Greg Byman
St Joe Community Church
March 22, 2020
Read the passage
Joshua is about to lead the Israelites into the Promise Land
-Getting ready to cross the Jordan River on dry land
-just like Moses led them through the Red Sea
-This event would cause them to “revere him all the days of his
Life” Josh 4:14
“You haven’t traveled this way before”
God constantly gives us a new way to go to the same place
Today, we must travel a new way as a church family
-The Church is not about a building, or a set time of worship
-We do gather at set times and places to worship
-Today, we are gathering together, in separate homes
-Today, we are gathering online! This is a new way for us
Here’s what I know:
COVID-19 did not take God by surprise!
We have never traveled this way before
We must follow God carefully!
God is a promise keeper
-He gave them the Promise Land, like he promised
God is still building his church
More people still need to hear about Jesus Christ
Jesus is still restoring lives, breaking addictions, building up our faith
Follow God Carefully
-Read His Word daily
Listen to what God is saying to all of us
-Listen for what we are all hearing, common themes, ideas
-That is why we gather as a local body of believers, walking
Together, reading God’s Word, praying, listening
Consider the circumstances
-opportunities to love our neighbors in practical way
-moments to offer hope and encouragement
-There are multiple creative ways to show the grace and love
Of Jesus Christ in this current crisis.
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