Teacher: Pastor Chet Lowe

Main Scriptures: Joshua 24, Ezekiel 14

  • Joshua 24
    • Endings of seasons are for encouragements and warnings
    • v. 1 Joshua prioritized God’s word and found his identity in God’s word
    • v. 2-3 The main point of Joshua’s final message is that if He is the Master, we are the servants (v. 14)
      • The word “Lord” appears 21 times in this chapter
      • The word “servants” appears 15 times in this chapter
        • We have 3 enemies to our service (1 John 2:15-16)
          • The flesh tempts us to the “easy” way
          • The world tempts us to materialism
          • The enemy tempts us to doubt God when life gets hard
    • v. 4-13 The Master has poured out His grace upon on us
      • He did it all and we have done nothing
        • He rescued us from idolatry
          • Idol worship steals our time, energy and money (Isaiah 44)
        • He delivered us
          • From bondage and slavery
          • From the enemy’s spiritual attack
            • He is fighting battles we don’t even know are occurring
            • He is also fighting the battles we know about
        • He blessed us
          • Supernaturally
          • With His love
          • With miracles
    • v. 14-15 In response, we get to make a choice to serve the Lord
      • We need to be real and genuine in our service to the Lord
        • The people had idols in their secret places
          • Matthew 6 says we are only to have three secrets
            • Our giving
            • Our prayer
            • Our fasting
        • Whatever is in our secret places multiples
    • We may need to change our perspective about serving the Lord
      • The people viewed serving the Lord as harmful, afflicting and hard
        • They believed this because serving their idols felt good. They were the gods of pleasure, prosperity and knowledge
          • Idols lie to you and and tell you what you want to hear
        • But God’s word says “His commandments aren’t burdensome” (1 John 5:3)
    • v. 16-28 Joshua confronts the facts of their idolatry as a good pastor
      • They struggled to confess
        • But if we confess our sin to God, we are forgiven (1 John 1:9)
        • And if we confess our sin to man, we are healed (James 5:16)
      • He shows them the way to turn
        • Start at the heart level—they still desired their idols in their hearts
        • Set up memory stones to remind yourself
    • v. 29-33 Joshua left a legacy as a servant—what will our legacy be?
      • The generation that listened to and obeyed the Word got to witness the works
        • The following generation did whatever they thought was right in their own eyes (Judges)
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