Be Strong and Courageous

Life Group Discussion Guide for Joshua 1:1-9

We need to constantly be reminded in the church about the mission God has given to us. It is not given to be a burden, but a blessing!

God has both called and equipped us to go into the world and shine the light of the Gospel in dark places.

Venture Church phrases our mission in this way: “To engage those far from God with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to know and follow Him.”

Called and Equipped

One example of God extraordinarily calling somebody for a mission is when He tapped Joshua to lead after the death of Moses.

Moses died without being given the chance to enter the promised land. God chose Joshua to lead the people into the land that had been promised to their forefathers. 

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:1-9

The key command given to Joshua is “be strong and courageous.”

While we have a very different mission, this passage shows how we can apply the same principles of Joshua’s encounter with God to our own experience with following Jesus.

Discussion Questions

  • What were some potential sources of doubt that were likely in Joshua’s mind?
  • What did God tell Joshua should be the basis of his confidence? (verses 5,6,9)
  • How do you think Joshua fulfilled the command to meditate and do the law of the Lord? (verse 8)
  • How can we better succeed in meditating and doing the law of the Lord?
  • If Joshua’s goal was to claim the land that had already been promised, what are the promises of God that we should be seeking to claim as the church?
  • What are the enemies of strength and courage for us?
  • How can we be assured of success on our mission?
  • What can this group do to make disciples?

Prayer time

Pray individually for each person in the group as they seek to fulfill God’s mission. Ask them for one practical way to pray for them to be strong and courageous.

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