by Jerry Branch

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Key Characteristics Of Faith In Action (5 of 7)
Series: Faith: Planted to Grow
Jerry Branch
Joshua 5:13-6:1-20

(Companion Study: Faith: Planted to Grow © 2011, Dallas Baptist Church and Gerald Branch ISBN: 978-1-61364-255-9)

Joshua 5:13-6:1-20
Key Characteristics Of Faith In Action
1) Obedience
2) Prayer
3) Deepening trust of God
4) Visible faith

Today as we enter week 4 of our Faith Planted to Grow study,
I want us to look at a passage from the Old Testament
that shows us several of the Faith Principles
you'll be going over in your small groups this week.
By the way, if you're not in a small group yet…it's still not too late…
there are still several weeks to go, and you'll really get
some great teaching and learning experiences together.
Well…our passage comes from Joshua 5:13-6:20. It's a rather lengthy passage,
so you might want to keep your Bibles open to it so
you can refer to it as I share with you.
You see, the Israelites had entered into the Promised Land
and were now near the fortified city of Jericho.
And as it says in v. 13, Joshua looked up and saw
a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword.
One of the things I noticed as I read through verse 6:20
was that there is a very distinct tie with the religious obedience and with Holiness as Joshua exercises his faith.
This is important even for us today
and we learn more about how the holy aspect fits into our faith
as we examine what had been the emphasis in the earlier chapters of this book...
you see, in the earlier part of this book the emphasis
was placed on Israel's preparation especially as it applied to their relationship with God.
so much of what we see didn't deal with getting ready for battles,
but instead dealt with getting ready spiritually
so that the Israelites could accomplish what God had
for them in the days that lay ahead.
The thing that God was working in their lives was abou ...

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