JoshuaThe Big Read – Joshua

Powerpoint Pictures: Outlines of different countries – one must be Israel ; Map of Canaan before Conquest by Israel

Can you tell what country it is from its outline? [Variety of countries with the last one being Israel] 

A long time ago Israel was not known as Israel. It was called Canaan, and in Canaan lots of different groups of people lived, with their names ending in –ites! These people were wicked people who did not love God.

Now God had made a promise to Abraham that one day his family would live in this land. But how would this happen when God’s enemies were already living there?

That’s what the book of Joshua is all about. It is about how God used Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the land of Canaan, defeat God’s enemies living there, and then enjoy living in the land that God had promised to them.

“So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there… Not only of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43, 45)

As Joshua led the people of Israel in obeying God’s Word, God kept His promise to them and gave them the land of Canaan to be their home.

God has made a wonderful promise to us too if we have put our trust in the Lord Jesus, and the book of Joshua reminds us of this. God has promised that one day we will live in a land, a new heavens and new earth and the Lord Jesus is leading us there. He has defeated all our enemies (sin, Satan and death) by His death and resurrection, and one day He will bring us safely there to live with Him forever.

The book of Joshua encourages us to follow the Lord Jesus by obeying His Word as we wait for Him to take us to our home in heaven.

More talks from The Big Read for Kids can be found HERE.


JoshuaThis month at Banstead Community Church, we are continuing to read the Old Testament as part of The Big Read and are reading through Joshua together as a local church.

Here’s an overview talk on Joshua I gave and the accompanying handout.

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More talks in the The Big Read series can be found HERE.

Kids Talk: Joshua 24 (Big Bible Adventure #37)

The Big Bible Adventure – Joshua 24 (Download Powerpoint)

Coming up to a busy junction in a car, what do you expect to see? [Traffic Lights]

Why do we have traffic lights? [To keep us safe; prevent accidents; drive smoothly to the destination]

Both the red light that tells us to stop and the green light that tells us to go are for our own good, even if we prefer the green light.

After God kept His promise to give Israel the land of Canaan, many years went by and when Joshua was close to death he gave a farewell speech to the people of Israel.  This speech was a bit like a set of traffic lights designed to keep the people safe and so they could enjoy life in the land.

Joshua told the people some things to do like the green light and he told them some things not to do like the red light.

But first he reminded them about some of the incredible things God had done for them and how He had kept His promise.  He reminded them about how God had parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross and how He had brought down the walls of Jericho so they could capture the city and now live in this wonderful and fruitful land.

Then came the green light – the things they should do to carry on enjoying life in the land.

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness.  Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14)

Joshua also had a red light command to give them – the things they were not to do.

“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you.” (Joshua 24:20)

The people of Israel had a choice: Serve and obey God who rescued them and brought them into the land or serve and obey a pretend gods.

“And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.” (Joshua 24:24)

The end.

Sadly it’s not the end of the story.  The people did serve and obey God for a time.  But after Joshua and that generation died, the next generation started following pretend gods and as God said it would, disaster came and Israel was attacked and captured.

They ended up as slaves again.  They needed to be rescued again!

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

Kids Talk: Joshua 6 (Big Bible Adventure #36)

The Big Bible Adventure – Joshua 6 (Download Powerpoint)

What are some of the different ways of knocking down a wall? [Battering Ram; Wrecking Ball; Explosives; Wind Power; Sledgehammer; Push it down].

God had overcome the first obstacle in the way of keeping His promise to give the Israelites the land of Canaan.  God stopped the River Jordan so that they could pass safely across on dry land.

But there was still another obstacle He needed to overcome – His enemies that were living in the land.

The first load of these enemies lived in the city of Jericho.  Having heard about what God had done in the past for Israel, they were scared and hid behind the city’s big strong wall.

Surely they would be safe behind it.  They weren’t.

God told Joshua to tell the people to march around the city once a day for 6 days with the priests carrying the ark and trumpets leading the way.  On the seventh day they were to march around the city 7 times with the priests blowing their trumpets.  When they gave one long blast of a note, Joshua and all the people were to give a loud shout and the walls of the city will fall down.

The people followed God’s instructions, and on the seventh day: “When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.” (Joshua 6:20)

But as Joshua and the Israelites captured the city and defeated their enemies, they kept an eye out for something.  A scarlet cord, which the two spies told Rahab to put out her window.  They found it and Rahab and all her family were kept safe and welcomed into God’s people.

Jericho was the first of many cities they would capture in the land as God kept His promise to give the people the land of Canaan.  Everything seemed to be going to plan.

What could possibly go wrong?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

Kids Talk: Joshua 3-4 (Big Bible Adventure #35)

The Big Bible Adventure – Joshua 3-4 (Download Powerpoint)

Can you solve the following problems?

You are in a cabin and it is pitch black.  You have one match on you.  Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp, the candle or the fire? [You light the match first!]

Five people stood under a small umbrella but none of them got wet.  Why didn’t any of them get wet? [It was not raining!]

A boy and a doctor were fishing.  The boy is the doctor’s son but the doctor is not the boy’s father.  Who is the doctor? [His mother!]

There are three houses.  One is red.  One is blue.  One is white.  If the red house is to the left of the house in the middle and the blue is to the right of the house in the middle, where is The White House? [In Washington DC!]

After 40 years of wandering around in the wilderness, the people of Israel under Joshua’s leadership were now ready to enter the land God had promised them.  This time they trusted God’s promise.  But two problems or obstacles lay in their way.

The River Jordan AND God’s enemies that were living in the land.

Once the two spies had return, the people packed up their gear and got ready to cross over the River Jordan and into the land of Canaan.  But the river was so high they couldn’t cross.  Also there was no bridge, or tunnel, or ferry to get them across.

It looks like God won’t be able to keep His promise after all.

God said to Joshua: “As soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD – the Lord of all the earth – set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” (Joshua 3:13)

And that’s what happened.

As soon as the priests carrying the ark stepped into the water, the water stopped and the Israelites crossed over on dry ground, like they did back in Egypt when the Red Sea was parted.

God was continuing to keep His promise.  But what about the enemies of God living in the land?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

Kids Talk: Joshua 1-2 (Big Bible Adventure #34)

The Big Bible Adventure – Joshua 1-2 (Download Powerpoint)

What is wrong with the following pictures? [Wayne Rooney in an Everton shirt; Fernando Torres in a Liverpool shirt; Ashley Cole in an Arsenal shirt; David Beckham in a Manchester United shirt; Peter Crouch in a Spurs shirt].

Each of these footballers have changed sides.

In the next part of the Big Bible Adventure we see someone else who has changed sides.

Because the people of Israel did not believe that God would keep His promise to give them the land of Canaan, their punishment was to wander around in the desert for 40 years until that generation including Moses and Aaron had died.

When the 40 years were over, the people of Israel had a new leader, Joshua, and it was now time for God to keep His promise.

Like Moses, Joshua sent spies into Canaan (only two this time), to check it out, especially focussing on the city of Jericho.

While the two spies were in Jericho, they stayed with a woman called Rahab.  Rahab had heard about God and what He had done.  Rahab said to them: “I know that the LORD has given this land to you… the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” (Joshua 2:9, 11)

While the spies were with Rahab, the king of Jericho heard about the spies and sent guards to Rahab’s house.  Rahab hid the spies on the roof of her home and sent the guards looking for them in the opposite direction.

Why would Rahab do that?

It is because she had changed sides.  She had replaced her Jericho shirt with an Israel shirt.  As she helped the spies escape, she said to them, “When you take the city, save me and my family!”  The two spies said they would if she tied a scarlet cord to her window.

The spies then hid in the hills before returning to Joshua and the people of Israel.

The last time spies return, the people failed to believe that God would keep His promise.  Will it be different this time?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

Joshua 10-12 Sermon

Joshua 10-12 (21st November 2010, Banstead Community Church)


Joshua 12: A boring list or a chapter oozing with excitement? 

One Point: You can trust God! 

“But though each of those… mentioned was previously given more in detail… there is a good reason for here placing before our eyes as it were a living picture of the goodness of God… proving that there had been a complete ratification and performance of the covenant made with Abraham as given in the words “Unto thy seed will I give this land.” (John Calvin) 

a) A picture of God’s goodness 

b) Proof that God keeps His promises 

God’s people and God’s enemies can trust God!

Joshua 9:1-27 Sermon

Joshua 9:1-27 (14th November 2010, Banstead Community Church)


Three things we need to remember about sin:

1. Sin can be deceptive (v1-15) 

a) It sounds good
b) It looks good
c) It makes us look good

2. Sin has consequences (v16-23) 

3. Sin is no match for God’s grace (v23-27)

Joshua 8:1-35 Sermon

Joshua 8:1-35 (7th November 2010, Banstead Community Church)


Two things that are needed to have victory in the battles we face:

1. The Need for God to Speak (v1-2, 18, 30-35)

If God had never spoken…

2. The Need for All to Obey (v3-17, 18-29, 34)

Joshua 7:1-26 Sermon

Joshua 7:1-26 (31st October 2010, Banstead Community Church)


Victory followed by defeat.

Four warnings we need to hear: 

1. Your sin will bring storms

2. Your sin will affect others

3. Your sin will find you out

4. Your sin will be punished

Joshua 5:13-6:27 Sermon

Joshua 5:13-6:27 (17th October 2010, Banstead Community Church)


In the Christian life there will be many battles.  

Our success in these battles is ultimately dependent upon our faithful God. 

In order to give His people rest: 

1. God must come in judgment 

a) Punishment (Deuteronomy 9:4-5; 18:10-12)
b) Patience (Genesis 15:13-16) 

2. God must come in mercy 

Step forward with faith and obedience!

Joshua 5:1-12 Sermon

Joshua 5:1-12 (10th October 2010, Banstead Community Church)


We are in the land… but not yet a rest!

4 things we need to remember as we seek to follow Jesus:

1. Our God is victorious (v1)

2. Our God wants our commitment (v2-3, 8)

3. Our God has saved us (v9-10)

4. Our God is faithful (v11-12)