by Steve Jones

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Unity of Leadership (5 of 5)
Series: The Crossing
Steve Jones
Joshua 3

INTRODUCTION: Two men were struggling to get a large crate through a door. They struggled and struggled and the crate would not budge. Finally, one man said to the other, ''We'll never get this crate in.'' His partner replied, ''I thought we were trying to get it out!'' That's why leadership is important. Without it, there is no unity. Today I want to remind all of us of just how important leadership is to our unity.

The book of the Bible that follows Joshua is what? Judges. The sad theme verse of that book, is this: Judges 17:6 ''In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.'' Now you're thinking, ''What's wrong with that?'' What was wrong with that was that what seemed right in their own eyes just wasn't right. The people were constantly fighting against each other and working at cross-purposes - like the two men carrying the crate.

That wasn't the case while Joshua was their leader.

Judges 2:7-10 ''The Israelites served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him-those who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.''

John Maxwell says, ''Everything rises and falls on leadership.'' Think about it, families thrive when there is good leadership, especially from Dads, and suffer when there isn't. Athletic teams succeed with great coaching and fail without it. Businesses flourish with great leadership and flounder without it. A president's influence can unite or divide a nation. And what is true of families, athletics, businesses and politics is true in the church. Everything rises and falls on leadership.

This is my final message on the crossing of the Jordan River recorded in the book of Joshua. My premise has been that a primary purp ...

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