Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scriptures: Joshua 17, Matthew 1, Luke 3

  • Israel was called to fight their battles empowered by the Spirit
    • What is the work that we are called to do?
      • Preach the Gospel and make disciples
  • Work was a part of perfection in the Garden
    • Our temptations are to avoid work or to work for personal benefit or show
    • But work is a part of God’s plan (Luke 12:19, Zephaniah 3:16)
  • Going to work for the Gospel means that you are going to war against the enemy
    • If you aren’t at war, you may not be at work
      • But we are commanded to fight the good fight and be brave (1 Timothy 6:12,1 Corinthians 16:13)
  • Joshua is inspiring the nation to get to work (Joshua 17)
    • Reward the faithful (v. 1-2)
      • Be faithful with a little, and you will be rewarded with more responsibility (Matthew 25:29)
      • Work is satisfying for our souls (John 4:24)
    • Rely on God’s word (v. 3-6)
      • These women relied on Numbers 27 and 36 (James 4:2a)
        • The work we do must be founded in God’s word (Luke 9:1-2)
      • They took initiative
        • Faith without works is dead (James 2:26)
          • Our works don’t save us-Jesus did that work. Our work is evidence that we are saved.
      • They represented Jesus in their work
        • Their name meanings move us from “Sickness” to “Favor”
    • Refresh the saints (v. 7-18)
      • God’s work has to be done God’s way
        • Sin always leads to death; it will never lead to life
          • We must get rid of blame, entitlement, laziness and fear