The Story:
Discussing Chapter 7

by Living Springs Community Church on December 13, 2015

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 7: The Battle Begins

Based on Joshua 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, 23, and 24:

  • Joshua is appointed leader
  • The Israelites enter Canaan
  • Conquest of Canaan
  • Joshua dies

Breaking the ice

Who were your heroes when you were a child? Do you have the same heroes now?

Digging in

God’s battle strategies are often different from what we might expect. Parting rivers, converting enemies to fellow citizens, marching in circles—all of these not only won the battle, but also tested the people and gave them new reasons to trust their God.

Reflecting

  1. What do you think were Joshua’s biggest concerns as he accepted the reigns of leadership from Moses?
  2. God told Joshua to “be strong and courageous” (p. 89). Do you think Joshua would have found that easy or difficult?
  3. In what area of your life do you need to be “strong and courageous”? What do strength and courage look like in that situation?
  4. Look at page 13 to review the main points of the covenant God made with Abraham. How do you see the covenant being fulfilled in the story of Joshua?
  5. Some people doubt the Bible because of the stories of miracles (like stopping the sun, p. 97). But some people, like Rahab, find these miracles convincing. As a group, discuss some ways you might respond to skeptics who consider miracles to be myths. Is there a way to have such a conversation and not shut down the relationship?
  6. Joshua is known for his statement, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (p. 101) What are you doing in your household to show that you serve the Lord?

Praying

In this chapter, we see many examples of Joshua and Israel vanquishing God’s enemies. But the story of Rahab reminds us that another way to overcome enemies is to welcome them into community. This week, pray for someone whose values are different from yours. Ask for an opportunity to show friendship to (or accept friendship from) that person.

 

For next week…

Chapter 8: A Few Good Men…and Women

Based on Judges 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16:

  • Judges begin to rule
  • Deborah’s rule
  • Gideon’s rule
  • Samson’s rule
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