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Announcements

  • This week we have a survey

  • If you need to access the videos on www.ccvsocal.com/thestory for your group time, please use the password “thestory” without quotations.

  • Every week we are sending out an email to all Story Group Leaders. If you are a leader and have not received these emails, please email JP at jpc@ccvsocal.com so I can put you on the list.

  • Bible Storytelling Options from The Story Chapter 7: Be Strong and Courageous (Joshua 1), Rahab and the Spies (Joshua 2), Entering the Promised Land (Joshua 3-4), The Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6), Achan's Sin (Joshua 7), Sun Stand Still (Joshua 10), Whom Will You Serve? (Joshua 24)


Connect

  1. What is your first response when you hear the word “confrontation”?

  2. What are some bad things that can happen during a confrontation? What are some good things?

  3. Share a story of when you had a confrontation with someone. What was it about? How did it conclude? What did you learn about yourself, the other person, and/or the circumstance that created the confrontation?


Theme

I have never enjoyed confrontation. I know that some people handle it well and others even seek it out. For me, I have spent much of my life trying to avoid it at all costs. In fact, I would see confrontation in the same way that I would see working out. I always hear that both could be good for you, but whenever I experienced them, I didn’t feel good at all. Instead, I just felt tired, embarrassed, and in pain. Therefore, I continued to avoid confrontation until I began to realize recently that it really can be good for you, not because it always feels good, but because it helps you to experience growth especially when it’s with someone you trust and has your best interest in mind.


Have you ever confronted God about something? Do you seek out reasons to confront Him or do you tend to avoid confrontation with Him altogether? Regardless, of how you view confrontation with God, you can rest assured of a few things. First, He is big enough to handle your frustrations. Second, He will answer you in His timing. Third, He will use it to help you experience true growth. In fact, some of the greatest times of growth in our lives are when we confront God because we think He falls short of our expectations but then He confronts us in an area in our lives in which we fall short of His glory and we need His help. Aren’t you glad that even though we will have times of confrontation with God we know that He will grow us, He is trustworthy, and He has our best interest in mind?
Key verse

Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, ‘What message does my Lord have for his servant?’” – Joshua 5:14b


Review

Looking back at the sermon from this week, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged you, or confused you?


Read Joshua 5:13-15

13 “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”

15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.”
Discover

  1. How do you think Joshua and the Israelites felt as they entered the Promised Land?

  2. Even though they had entered the Promised Land, the real battles were just about to begin. Do you see any similarities between this idea and the fact that are still battles after we begin our relationship with God? If so, what are they?

  3. What are some battles you have faced since you became a Christian? How did you experience God’s presence and help throughout those battles?

  4. When we first see the commander of the Lord’s army, he had “a drawn sword in his hand” (v. 13). What does this mean about God’s willingness to fight battles?

  5. Read Exodus 15:1-12. What are some words used in this passage that describe God as one who fights battles?

  6. What are some names we often hear for God?

  7. Look at Exodus 15:3 again. When was the last time you heard the Lord being referred to as “a warrior”? Why do you think we tend to forget this aspect of God’s character?

  8. What are some other examples in Scripture in which God fights battles on our behalf? (Possible answers: Exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 7-14), Fall of Jericho (Joshua 6), the Sun Standing Still (Joshua 10), Jonathan and the Philistines (1 Samuel 14), David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), and many others.)

  9. Looking at the New Testament, what is the ultimate battle that God fights on our behalf? (Jesus conquering sin and death on the cross so we may have eternal life.)

  10. When you look at all these examples of God fighting on our behalf, how does that make you feel?

  11. What does Joshua’s question to the commander of the Lord’s army in verse 13 reveal about how he views the upcoming battle?

  12. In the NIV translation, the commander replies “Neither” but in the ESV and other translations, his reply is simply “No.” What does this response reveal about how God sees the upcoming battle? Why is this difference significant?

  13. Read 1 Samuel 3:8-11. What is the main similarity between this verse and Joshua 5:14?

  14. When was the last time you stopped to listen during your prayer time? What did God say when you did that?

  15. Why do you think it is easier to talk more during prayer than to stop and listen?

  16. Is there something that God has been calling you to do, but you have refused to listen? If so, what is it and how are you going to respond to His calling?

  17. Before the commander answers Joshua, he tells him to take off his sandals for he is on holy ground. What is another passage in which we hear this same language? (In Exodus 3 with Moses and the burning bush.)

  18. What is the significance of taking sandals off to acknowledge that a place is holy?

  19. What are some attributes of God’s character that we focus on most?

  20. When was the last time you spent some time focusing on the holiness of God?

  21. Why do you think we tend to spend less time focusing on that aspect of God’s character?

  22. Read Leviticus 19:1-2. Why do you think God would want us to be holy just because He is?

  23. What does it mean for us to be holy? How can you pursue holiness in your daily life?

  24. Is there anything God is confronting you about in this season of your life? How are you responding?

  25. What do we learn about God in this passage? How does that affect how we live?


Pray

How can we pray for one another?


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