Title: Crossing Jordan River
Scripture Text: Joshua 1: 1 – 9
Preacher: Dr Tai Kim Teng
Joshua and the Israelites (40,000 warriors) were crossing the Jordan River during flood stage. It was an impossible task unless their main attention and focus is on God (mentioned 8 times in this text)
God told Joshua 3 key points:
1. Be Strong in the Lord
Meaning be strong spiritually. Which is trusting God.
Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
In the past “I was with Moses. In the present “I will be with you”
and in the future “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
2. Be Courageous
“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the ability to face fear & finish the task” Nelson Mandela.
Queen Esther showed courage when she said “if I perish, I perish” Esther 4:16b
Courage is obedience in the presence of fear.
3. Be Careful
Be careful to obey all the law and do everything written in it.
A careless and carefree attitude must be avoided at all cost.
Be careful in knowing that only God can get them across.
It must be God’s way. Not my way, your way or just anybody’s way.
Joshua and the Israelites were not alone in crossing the Jordan River.
God was with them and God stood in the middle of the river so that
they can cross over safely.
In this Covid pandemic, we are not alone. God is in the middle and will help us cross safely if we put our trust in him.
Questions for discussion
1. Share one new insight you learn from this sermon
2. Of the 3 key points to get ready to cross the river, which is most important?
3. Share some of the challenges you face in this Covid pandemic and how God has help you overcome these fears and focus on him.
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