If you want to be “very strong,” obey God, don’t copy the world around you, cling to God, love God, guard your relationships, live for eternity and learn to trust God.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing about this message that was particularly helpful, challenging, or encouraging for you?
- Read and discuss Joshua 1 and Joshua 23. What similarities or themes do you note?
- Consider Joshua 23:6. Why does it say “be careful” (NIV) to obey? What does this wording imply?
- In what ways are you careless about God and His church? What adjustments do you need to make? How can we avoid becoming careless about the things of the Lord?
- Consider Joshua 23:7. In what ways are we living in an increasingly godless world? How can we live in the world without copying its values?
- What are some specific ways you have grown comfortable with sin? What adjustments do you need to make?
- Consider Joshua 23:8. In what ways have you lost your sense of dependence on God? How can we cultivate a consistent awareness of our need for Him?
- Consider Joshua 23:11. When was the last time you told God that you love Him?
- Your relationship with Jesus will suffer unless you grow and guard that relationship. How have you seen or experienced this?
- Consider Joshua 23:12-13. What relationships in your life are destructive to or cause compromise in your relationship with God?
- Consider Joshua 23:14. What does it mean to live in light of eternity? How does the inevitability of death bring perspective to your life?
- What is something in your life that is difficult to trust God with? How can you grow in trust with Him?
- How is the cross of Jesus the starting point for a life of faith? How does the cross serve as a vital point of reference throughout life?