by Stan Coffey

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Joshua: The Victorious Christian Life (10 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Pastor Stan Coffey
June 17, 1990

AUTHOR: The Book of Joshua takes its title from the successor of Moses, who dominates the scene throughout the Book. Joshua had been born a slave and had experienced the glorious redemption of Israel from the house of bondage. He had lived through the experience in the wilderness. He had sat at the feet of Moses and had led the armies of Israel. Upon Joshua's shoulders the mantle of Moses fell. Evidence indicates that he composed the heart of the book (Chapter 24:26) as an eye witness to the events described (Chapter 5:1,6).

DATE: Joshua covers the 25 year period beginning with the conquest of Canaan, which some scholars date 1405BC.

THEME: The theme of Joshua is VICTORY - The lesson in Joshua proclaims the New Testament true, "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."- I John 5:4 'hen the people enter the Promised Land in the Book of Joshua, it represents believers possessing all that God has for them in Jesus Christ. It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word Joshua, which means "Jehovah is my salvation" is the very same word as the Greek word for Jesus.

I. THE VISION OF FAITH - Joshua 1 - Key Verse 7
A. There is a possession to possess - Vs. 1-4
B. There is a promise to please - Vs. 5 and 6
1. It was the promise of a conquering power - Vs. 5
2. There is a constant presence - Vs. 5
3. There is a continuing possession - Vs. 6
C. There is a person to prepare - Vs. 7 and 8
God was saying these are three things you need if you are going to prosper.
1. Strength - "Be thou strong"
2. Courage - "And very courageous"
3. Obedience - "And observe to do according to all things I've commanded you"
weak people can choose strength, fearful people courage, sinful people can choose obedience.
D. There is a plan to pursue - Vs. 8
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