The Rest of the Story - Part 2

Small Group Study, November 1st

 

Ice Breaker:  What does “never give up” mean to you?  Are there times in your life when you’ve seen it play out:

First, read the following passage:

Joshua 6:

 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”…

 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.  The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!...

 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

 

1.      There is a “rest of the story” to your story.  Last week we talked about the fact that God has a promised land for you….but its less of a place and more of a posture…power, purpose, potential.  This week, we talked about your inheritance.  Your inheritance is hope.  Romans 15:13 calls God the “God of hope”.  To take hold of your inheritance you need:

i.      HUMILITY – “I can’t, but God can”

1.      Jericho was more than Joshua and his army could handle.  Why?

2.      But it wasn’t more than God could handle.  What are the “Jerichos” in your life today…..are you going to count yourself out or count God in?

3.      God speaks in the past tense about battles you have yet to face.  Discuss in light of Joshua 6:2…..is that encouraging to you?

4.      There is no doubt that in the journey to take hold of your inheritance you will face some obstacles that are more than you can handle….discuss in light of John 16:33.

 ii.      Obedience.  “Weird works when God’s first”

1.      How were God’s instructions to Joshua “weird” in terms of military strategy?

2.      What is “average” or “normal” in our culture?  Would weird be preferable?

3.      God sometimes asks us to get weird.  Discuss in light of:

a.      Baptism.

b.     Tithing

c.      Sexuality

d.     “slow to speak, quick to listen”

iii.      Perseverance.  “Don't quit at six”

1.      Six is the number of man.  Seven is the number of God.

a.      Are there situations in your life where you’ve done everything HUMANLY possible (six laps)?  Are you willing to do one more lap, or are you going to quit at six.

 

iv.      Evidence.  “God’s never failed, and He wont’ start now”.

1.      Read this passage out of Romans 5 and discuss:

….we boast in the HOPE of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And HOPE does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.