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 takes 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)
Actually, a manager needs the ability not only to make good decisions himself, but also to lead others to make good decisions. Charles Moore, after four years of research at the United Parcel Service (UPS) reached the following conclusions:
1. Good decisions take a lot of time.
2. Good decisions combine the efforts of a number of people.
3. Good decisions give individuals the freedom to dissent.
4. Good decisions are reached without any pressure from the top to reach an artificial consensus.
5. Good decisions are based on the participation of those responsible for implementing them.
—Charles W.L. Foreman, “Managing a Decision Into Being,” from the Management Course for Presidents, pp.3-4.
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 takes responsibility for his assignment, to lead God’s people; Chapter 4
Joshua memorializes the moment in remembrance of Moses in the past; vv. 9-17
He sets up stones in the Jordan; v.9
The priest completes the job and exits the Jordan; v.10
The priest moves the ark from the Jordan in the midst of the Jordan; v.11
The armed men of war passed over; vv.12,13
Joshua is elevated to the flow of God’s blessings in the eye of the people; v.14
Joshua acts under his authority to execute directions to the people; vv.15-17
God completes using the Jordan and memorializes it for the future; vv.18-24
The priest’s feet walks in the Jordan in dry land; v.18
History is marked for the people concerning Jordan; v.19
Joshua erects a stone monument in Gilgal; v.20
Joshua explains the stones’ meaning in the future; vv.21-24