Posted by Murray Smith

  1. Joshua’s Final Challenge

 

Joshua was a wise old leader getting ready to die, but before he did, he had few things on his heart to share with the people of Israel.

 

Read part of his message to the people in Joshua 23:6 – 16

What were the three main areas Joshua cautioned the people on?

How important is it for us to know our weak spots in our relationships today, and what could some of them be?

What strategies can we develop to overcome them? (Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

 

  1. Joshua’s Final Choice

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Culture is seductive, and, peer pressure pulls us into areas of unfortunate compromise. How does Joshua’s stance help us to stand for God today? What would be significant about including our household/family in this counter-cultural stand?

Discuss together how God used families/households to go against the cultural practices of the Romans, and therefore change cities, (from Sunday message)?  How can our families positively influence the culture of greed and corruption in our city?

  1. Bringing it Home

Read the household codes again Eph 5:21-6:9

From the Sunday message, what pivotal role do the love commands (5:1-2) of Jesus play in the correct interpretation of these codes? Because of the centrality of the love commands, could we say these household codes offer us a healthy family framework to function within, which allows for personal expression, unique to each marriage and family?

Discuss why you believe the progression of the passage is important: spouses (5:21-33); children (6:1-4); workplace (6:5-9).

Spend some time praying through some real family challenges.