THE BIG IDEA: To review men in the Bible that God called and used in His service to make Him great among men.
BIBLE FACT: God uses His own sovereignty to process and to call whom He wills into His employment to represent and to serve Him.
How God Chooses The Man
God calls the man (Divine invitation)
God breaks the man (Divine motivation)
God makes the man (Divine dedication)
God blesses the man (Divine inspiration)
God uses the man (Divine exaltation)
Joshua: God’s Humble, Loyal Rising Star Leader
(Identifying The Rising Star Leader In You)
In this Age of Self, the language is filled with phrases that glorify personal choice above all other values: self-determination, self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-help even do-it-yourself. In this climate, no doctrine is safe, no dictate accepted without scrutiny….The touchstone of belief today is the individual, not the institution. Priests, like precinct captains, have lost authority. The same voters who talk back to their political leaders on call-in shows and town meetings are talking back to their religious leaders at parish council meetings and Communion breakfasts. While 85 percent of American Catholics look up to the pope as a moral leader, 4 out of 5 say they follow their own conscience, rather than papal authority, on moral questions…The phrase “cafeteria Catholics” describes those who pick and choose among church teachings. But in religion, as in politics, the more appropriate analogy for modern mores is to fast food rather than to cafeterias; as the slogan for one hamburger chain puts it: “Have it your way.”…How do leaders lead when followers don’t want to be led? —Steven V. Roberts, “Leading the Faithful in an Age of Dissent,” U.S. News and World Report, August 23, 1993, p. 6.
Joshua gets his opportunity to step up and lead; Chapter 1
Joshua’s leadership wisdom and the second survey of the land; Chapter 2
Joshua leads with courage in the Lord in the eyes of the people; Chapter 3
Joshua puts the people under his command; vv.10-12
Joshua and the people demonstrate the power of God’s presence with them; vv.13-17
The plan; v.13
The participating in the plan; vv.14,15
The provisions from the plan; vv.16,17