Small Group Study, October 4th : Week 4

Ice Breaker:  What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?  If you look back at your life, are there times you can think of in which you wish you would have said something but didn’t? Done something and didn’t?  Stood for something and didn’t? 

1.      Three excerpts from Joshua 1:

6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

7 “Be strong and very courageous.

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

a)      Do you think that Joshua was “naturally” BOLD?  Then why did God have to remind him three times in four               verses to be BOLD?  Do you think YOU are “naturally” BOLD?  If so, why do you think God have you 366                   commands in the Bible to be BOLD?

b)     Read this quote and discuss it in light of what you are facing in your life right now:

                          "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does                              not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela

c)      Talk about Southside’s BOLD campaign in light of that quote.

 

2.      The history of the “early church” is recorded in the NT book of Acts.  It covers the years from about 30 AD to 64 AD.  Its               amazing too, because the church in Acts started with 11 men and spread around the world in those 30 years….a foundation           was laid down which is STILL gaining ground today.  One of the reasons is the BOLDNESS of the early believers.  Check out           this passage from Acts 4….this takes place shortly after Peter and John, two early church leaders, were arrested, questioned,       thrown in jail, threatened and released:

"On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. …….

 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great BOLDNESS. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."

a)      How could the church of today learn from this example?

 

3.      Three keys to taking possession of our promise from Joshua 1-3:

a)      Follow your Joshua (did you know that the Hebrew name Joshua is translated into Greek as "Jesus"?):

 i.      How does Jesus impact your:

1.      Past. 

2.      Present.

3.      Future.

4.      Eternity.

b)     Put down your foot:

                i.      Strength is taking a step, knowing that God’s power is present, even when we can’t see it.

1.      Why did it take BOLDNESS for the Israelites to put their foot down in the Jordan River?

a.      Why do you think God didn’t dry out the Jordan and let His people walk through like He did with the Red Sea? 

c)      Put up your dukes.

               i.      Is there a spiritual battle?

1.      If so, why would we expect to take ground without a fight?

2.      How far was Joshua willing to take things?

a.      How far was the early church willing take things?

           i.      Peter?

       ii.      Paul?

       iii.      Stephen?

Be BOLD and strong, banish fear and doubt, for remember the Lord, your God is with you, wherever you go.