Growing In Leadership Wk 8 // Taking Steps or Staying Stuck

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ICEBREAKER

  • When have you felt the most stuck? When in your life did you feel overwhelmed or fearful of your circumstances or the future?

  • How did feeling this way affect your ability to focus and perform?

  • How did (or how should have) your faith in God affected your attitude and response to the situation?

INTRODUCTION

The Bible is God’s Word to His people; its stories are our stories. And as such, we can relate to the past experiences of God’s people to find comfort, strength, and hope. This holds especially true of Joshua and his difficult task of filling the shoes of Moses, in leading the Israelites. After Moses died and Joshua was charged with the task of leading the people in the land of Canaan, God not only commissions Joshua but also comforts and reassures him. In order to find faith, strength, and courage, Joshua is told to consider the same three things that we are to consider: God’s promises to us (Joshua 1:2-5), His purposes for us (1:6-8), and His presence with us (1:5,9).

In his sermon this week, Pastor Sean shared that great leaders are called to go and grow. We are called to take bold steps for God but sometimes we feel stuck. In this week’s study, Sean shared the story of Joshua, and his call from God to take a big step and lead the people of Israel. In this week’s study

 

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

 

READ

Have a volunteer read Joshua 1:1-5.

NOTE
The first sentence of the Book of Joshua connects what is about to happen with what happened in the Pentateuch (the Books of Moses). Moses was not allowed to lead the Israelites into the promised land after struggling with them in the wilderness for 40 yeas. He died and now the responsibility of leading the conquest of Canaan falls on his protégé Joshua.

  • Why would Joshua’s succession of Moses require humility on his part as well as courage? What is the relationship between humility and courage? Can we have one without the other?

  • What specific promises in verses 2-5 does God make to Joshua that should give him courage to lead the people and take the land? Why should Joshua have confidence in God to come through on these promises?

  • How do you personally use God’s promises to cultivate courage in yourself?

Ask a volunteer to read Joshua 1:6-8.

  • In verse 6, God transitions from speaking to Joshua about promises for the future to His present purposes for him. Why is important for us to never separate what God promises to do in the future from what He is calling us to do right now?

  • According to verses 7-8, where was Joshua to turn to find God’s purposes for us? How does this require faith?

  • What type of success and prosperity is verse 8 talking about? How does meditating on and obeying God’s Word achieve a different kind of success than how the world defines success?

Ask a volunteer to read Joshua 1:9.

  • According to verse 9, why should Joshua not be fearful? Why is God’s presence our only true hope and security?

APPLICATION

How is Joshua fulfilling God’s purposes in the world? How does the commission to Israel to take the land point to the church’s commission to take the gospel to the nations?

How do you see your life fitting into God’s mission for His people? What fears hold you back from becoming more committed to God’s mission with your time and resources?

What major tasks or goals do you see God setting up for you to conquer with His help during the next season of life? How will they require faith, strength, and courage?

How can the members of this group help one another find the courage to take bold steps toward God’s mission and purposes for their lives?

PRAYER

Close in prayer asking God to increase the group’s faith in His ability to fulfill His promises and to use them in doing so. Pray that God’s presence would become more real to them than their greatest fears.


Brian Otte