Spiritual Victory: How The Battle Was Won! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 10/21/18

Spiritual Victory:

How The Battle Was Won!

Joshua 10:26-43

October 21, 2018

  1. In the battle between good and evil, Christ has already PREVAILED!

    John 16:33 - “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    1 Corinthians 15:57 - “But thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Romans 8:37 - “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  2. Since Christ has overcome all manner of evil, we too can OVERCOME and and every challenge!

    Joshua 10:28-42 - After defeating the 5 Amorite Kings at Gibeon, Joshua and the Israelites move out to conquer Makkedah, Libnah, Lachish, Eglon, Hebron, and Debir.

    Joshua 10:40 - “So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills and the mountain slopes, together with all their kings.”

    Joshua 10:42 - “All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”

    1 John 5:4 - “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

    Revelation 3:21 - “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.”

  3. Once we realize that the Lord intends for us to be victorious, the we have to step out in faith to do our part and claim what is rightfully ours.

    Joshua 10:9 - “After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took (the Amorites) by surprise. They marched for 20 miles and had to go up 3,300 feet of elevation. After this exhausting all night march, they had to fight 5 armies. God was fighting for them, but they also had to march and fight to claim the victory.”

    Joshua 10:28-42 - Joshua and the Israelites had to follow the Lord into battle against all the kings and armies in the southern Kingdom.

    James 2:17 - “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

    James 2;18 - “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

Be On Top Of Circumstances * Associate Pastor Jordan Rodgers * 10/14/18

Be On Top Of Circumstances

Joshua 10:15-25

October 14, 2018

  1. Joshua 10:24b - “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.”

  2. Romans 16:20 - “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

    Why were they at Gilgal?

    It was their first camp

    Circumcised all men under age 40

    Rolled the reproach of Egypt away

    Celebrated the Passover

    The days of manna came to an end

    Sanctified themselves unto God

    Crossed the Jordan

    In other words, they had plenty of memories there to recall, evidence that helped them trust God’s authority and act on it.

  3. Luke 10:19 — “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all powers of the enemy, nothing will harm you.”

    As regarding sin in our hearts: Admit it - Expose it - Recognize it and its traps - Hate it - Give it up - Step on its neck.

  4. Psalm 139:21-22 - “Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.”

    Our hearts need to align with what God loves. There’s no affinity between light and darkness.

The Day The Sun Stood Still * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 10/7/18

The Day The Sun Stood Still

Joshua 10:1-15

October 7, 2018

  1. Israel stays true to its promise and PROTECTS the Gibeonites.

    Joshua 9:15 - “Then Joshua made a treaty of peace (with the Gibeonites) to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.”

    Joshua 10:6 - “The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal. ‘Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us!”

  2. When we are facing a huge battle, the Lord will SUPPORT us.

    Joshua 10:8 - “Do not be afraid of them, I have given them into your hand.”

    Joshua 6:2 - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘See I have delivered Jericho into your hands…’”

    Joshua 8:1 - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.’”

  3. God intervenes SUPERNATURALLY through CONFUSION and NATURE to advance His purposes.

    Joshua 10:10 - “The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon.”

    Exodus 23:27 - “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.”

Joshua 10:11 - “as they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horen to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them…”

Mark 4:39 - “(Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the winds died down and it was completely calm.”

4. The Lord expects us to be BOLD and to step out in FAITH to accomplish His

purposes.

Joshua 10:12 - “Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon,’ So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, ‘til, the nation avenged itself on its enemies…”

Lamentations 3:37 - “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it.”

Isaiah 38:5-6 - “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord says, I have heard your prayers and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.’”

Isaiah 38:7-8 - “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised. I make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.”

Don't Be Deceived! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 9/30/18

Don’t Be Deceived!

Joshua 9:1-27

September 30, 2018

  1. We have to be on guard against DECEIT.

    Joshua 9:22 - “Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, ‘Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us?’”

    Genesis 3:4 - “‘You will not certainly die’, the serpent said to the woman.”

    2 Corinthians 11:3 - “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to God.”

    Revelation 12:9 - “The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

    Galatians 6:7 - ‘“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

    Ephesians 5:6 - “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”

  2. We should always INQUIRE of the Lord when undertaking important decisions.

    Joshua 9:14 - “The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.”

    Proverbs 12:15 - “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes. But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”

    Proverbs 3:5 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

    1 Chronicles 10:13-14 “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance and did not inquire of the Lord.”

  3. Even when we are deceived, we must honor our WORD.

    Joshua 9:18 - “But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the Lord, the God of Israel.”

    2 Samuel 21:1 - “During the reign of King David, there was a famine for three consecutive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, ‘It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.’” Saul broke the word of the Israelites to protect the Gibeonites which caused Saul and the Israelites to suffer God’s wrath.

    Numbers 30:2 - “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word, he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

Don't Be Discouraged! (Part 2) * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 23, 2018

Don’t Be Discouraged! (Part 2)

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

September 23, 2018

  1. After important encounters with God, we should set aside a special time of WORSHIP.

    Joshua 8:30-31 - “Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the Israelites.”

    Genesis 8:20 - “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all of the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”

    Genesis 12:7 - “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”

    Genesis 35:7 - “There (Jacob) built and altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.”

  2. The Lord gives us specific INSTRUCTION as to how to worship Him.

    John 4:24 - “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    Hebrews 13:15 - “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”

    Psalm 29:2 - “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”

    Deuteronomy 27:1-8 - Moses instructs Joshua and the Israelites where and how to build an altar and worship God in the Promised Land.

    Exodus 20:25 - God provides specific instructions on building an altar - “You will defile it if you use a tool on it.”

  3. Essential ELEMENTS of WORSHIP involve: praise, sacrifice, offerings, the Word of God, and the presence of the Lord.

    Joshua 8:31 - “On it they offered to the Lord burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings.”

    Joshua 8:32 - “There in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua wrote on stones a copy of the law of Moses.”

    Joshua 8:33 - “Alll the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing the Levitical priests who carried it.”

    Joshua 8:34 - “Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law - the blessings and the curses - just as it is written in the Book of the Law.”

Don't Be Discouraged! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 16, 2018

Don’t Be Discouraged!

Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

September 16, 2018

  1. The Lord doesn’t want you to be DISCOURAGED.

    Joshua 8:1a - “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.’”

    Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Deuteronomy 31:6 - “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”

    2 Chronicles 20:15 - “This is what the Lord says to you; do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

  2. Being DISCOURAGED is normal, but it’s not of the Lord.

    At times we are fearful, we can become discouraged. But these attitudes are not of the Lord. He has no fear of anything. He has absolute power over us all. He is never discouraged. Instead he is filled with courage and always imparts courage to those who follow him.

    When we become discouraged, we can rely on God because of His power, His authority, and His character. He is always with us.

    Isaiah 41:10 - “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Psalm 34:4 - “I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

  3. God wants to help you turn DEFEAT into VICTORY. He wants you to have victory in the very place that you have suffered defeat.

    Joshua 8:1b - “For I have delivered into your hands the King of Ai, his people, his city and his land.” God sent the Israelites back to Ai, but this time He was with them.

    1 Samuel 17:47 - The Philistines had defeated the Israelites time and again. Then the Lord raised up David to defeat Goliath and the Philistines. “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

    Judges 16:23-31 - Samson destroyed the Philistines after being deceived, blinded and enslaved by them.

    Don’t be surprised when the Lord brings you back to the same place you suffered defeat to test you again.

    He wants you to turn defeat into victory just as Christ did at the cross.'

Don't Hold Back * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 9, 2018

Don’t Hold Back

Joshua 7:1-2

September 9, 2018

  1. Going against GOD’S WAYS never works out well!

    Joshua 7:1 - “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things.”

    Joshua 7:4 - “So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. Disobedience to God always results in defeat.”

    Acts 5:1-11 - Judgment for Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit.

    1 Peter 4:17 - “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household…”

  2. Unless and until you address the sin in your life, you will continue to experience REPEATED FAILURE.

    Joshua 7:6 - “Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell face-down to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there until evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.”

    Joshua 7:13 - “Go consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says": There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.’”

    2 Chronicles 7:14 - “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

    1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

  3. In God’s time He will bring all things into the LIGHT.

    Joshua 7:10 - “Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant…They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their possessions.”

    God knows the truth, so you might as well come clean with Him.

    Joshua 7:16-19 - Joshua had thee Israelites come forward by tribes, and then by clans, and then by family. Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

    Ephesians 5:12-13, 15 - “It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes a light…Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise, but as wise.”

    Proverbs 28:13 - “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

  4. Don’t HOLD ONTO anything that the Lord requires for you to turn over to Him.

    Joshua 7:20 - Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel…When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them.”

    Genesis 22:1-9 - God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham obeyed God and turned over Isaac to Him.”

    1 John 2:15-17 - “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions - is not from the Father but is from the world.”

    James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

    Hebrews 2:18 - “For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Judgment and Salvation * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * September 2, 2018

Judgment and Salvation

Joshua 6:21-27

September 2, 2018

  1. At the appointed time, God will bring JUDGMENT on those who oppose Him.

    Joshua 6:21 - “They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it.”

    Genesis 6:5, 7 - In the time of Noah, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on earth…So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race.’”

    Genesis 18 and 19 - God’s judgment and the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Hebrews 9:27 - “Just as people are destined to die once and after that to face judgment…”

    Revelation 20:11-15 - “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it…And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened…And the dead were judged by what was written in the books.”

  2. God’s judgment is ABSOLUTE and his WRATH is devastating.

    Joshua 6:21 - “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”

    Romans 2:5 - “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

    Nahum 1:2 - “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God, the Lord is avenging and wrathful, the Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.”

    Isaiah 13:9 - “Behold the day of the Lord is coming, cruel with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation. And He will exterminate the sinners from it.”

    Revelation 14:9-11 - “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they too will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.”

    Revelation 19:15 - “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.”

  3. Thanks to the sacrifice of Christ, God has SPARED us from judgment and eternal DAMNATION.

    Hebrews 9:28 - :So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many, and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

    Joshua 6:25 - “But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho…”

    1 Thessalonians 5:9 - “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Romans 5:8-9 - “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”

Faith On Display! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/26/18

Faith On Display!

Joshua 6:1-20

August 26, 2018

1. God has an incredible VICTORIOUS PLAN for your life.

God's plan is full of twists, turns, challenges, setbacks and unusual tactics, and it requires great faith in Christ.

Joshua 6:2 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho in to your hands, along with its king and its fighting men."

Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you' declared the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

2. In these plans, God will use some very unusual TACTICS.

In the battle of Jericho, the Lord directed Joshua and the Israelites to employ one of the most unusual tactics recorded in the Bible.

Joshua 6:3-5 - "March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of ram's horns n front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in."

Exodus 14 - God delivered the Israelites when they were backed up to the red Sea.

Judges 7 - God pares down Gideon's army to 300 men and leads them to victory over the Midianites.

Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19 - God crucified his own Son to bring salvation to those who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

3. The Lord wants to put our FAITH on DISPLAY.

Joshua 6:20 - "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed so everyone charged straight in and took the city."

Hebrews 11:30 - "By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days."

Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see,"

Hebrews 11:6 - "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

1 Samuel 17:45-47 - "David said to the Philistine, 'You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into our hands...All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands.'"

Our faith in Christ is on full display as we profess Jesus as Lord and Savior and as we walk in victory every day.

 

Is God oOn Our Side? * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/19/2018

Is God On Our Side?

Joshua 5:13-15

August 19, 2018

1. It would be nice if we knew that the Lord was on OUR SIDE.

Joshua 5:13 - "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?'"

Psalm 108:13 - "With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies."

2. But it is much more important to be on the LORD'S side.

Joshua 5:14 - "Neither, he replied, but as Commander of the Army of the Lord I have now come."

Abraham Lincoln's quote during the Civil War - "For my concern is not whether God is on our side, my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Psalm 73:28 - "But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."

3. When we are on God's side, he will FIGHT for us.

Deuteronomy 20:4 - "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."

Isaiah 49:25 - "For I will contend with him who contends with you."

Exodus 14:14 - "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."   

4. To be on  God's side we must demonstrate REVERENCE and HUMILITY.

Joshua 5:14 - "The Joshua fell face-down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"

1 Kings 18:39 - "When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, 'The Lord, He is God.'"

Revelation 7:11 - "And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God."

5. God demands WORSHIP as our first act of service.

Joshua 5:15 - "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,"

Exodus 3:5 - "'Do not come any closer,' God said, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'"

Revelation 22:8-9 - "I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you...Worship God!'"

Beyond Reproach! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo * 8/12/2018

Beyond Reproach!

Joshua 5:9-12

August 12, 2018

1. Whether we realize it or not, there are serious CONSEQUENCES for our sins.

Joshua 5:6 - "The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they had left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord."

Galatians 6:7-8 - "Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whosoever sows to please their flesh, from their flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus."

2. God removes the REPROACH from our sins.

Joshua 5:9 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you. So the place has been called Gilgal to this day."

Psalm 119:22 - "Take away reproach and contempt from me for I observe your statutes."

Hebrews 11:26 - "(Moses) considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt."

Romans 15:3 - "For even Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.'"

Micah 7:19 - "You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."

Isaiah 1:18 - "...though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow..."

3. As Christ removes the reproach from our lives, He CIRCUMCISES our hearts and invites us to celebrate the PASSOVER.

Joshua 5:8 - "And after the whole nation had been circumcised they remained where they were in camp until they were healed."

Joshua 5:10 - "On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover." This was the first time in 39 years that the Israelites were allowed to celebrate the Passover. Now that the Israelites were circumcised, they could once again partake in the Passover supper.

4. As Christ redeems us, He gives us supernatural nourishment.

Joshua 5:11 - "The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land; unleavened bread and roasted grain."

Joshua 5:12 - "The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan."

John 6:32 - "Jesus said to them, 'Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.'"

John 6:35 - "Then Jesus declared, 'I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'"

To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise, That is the Question! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise, That is the Question!

Joshua 5:1-8

August 5, 2018

1. After the Israelites crossed the Jordan, God REINSTATED the act of circumcision.

Joshua 5:2-3 - "At that time the Lord said to Joshua, 'Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again. So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth."

Joshua 5:4-5 - "All those who came out of Egypt - all the men of military age - died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt. All of the people that came out (of Egypt) had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wildernessduring the journey from Egypt had not."

The Israelites now ready to enter the promised land were to identify themselves again with the sign of God's covenant. The Lord wanted them to remain separate and not to be influenced by those who followed other Gods.

2. Circumcision is the sign of the ABRAHAMIC covenant between God and His people.

Genesis 17:10 - "This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep; Every male among you shall be circumcised."

Genesis 17:12 - "For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised..."

Romans 4:11 - "And (Abraham) received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised."

Circumcision was an important outward sign that identified the Israelites with Jehovah. It signified that they were consecrated, i.e., set apart for God's purposes in a special relationship with him.

3. When Christ came, He ushered in a NEW COVENANT, which required a circumcision of the heart.

Romans 2:28-29 - "A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, bu the Spirit, not by the written code."

Even in the Old Testament, we gain an understanding that circumcision should be much more than than an outward sign.

Deuteronomy 10:15-16 - "Yet, the Lord set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations, as it is today. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer."

Deuteronomy 30:6 - "The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live."

Hebrews 8:10 - "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts."

Often God would initiate things in the Old Testament that would be a foreshadowing of things that would not be completely fulfilled until after Christ came to establish the New Covenant. Circumcision is one such example. Sacrifice for the covering of sins was another.

4. To circumcise or not to CIRCUMCISE - that is the question.

Acts 15:1 - "Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers, 'Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.'"

Acts 15:6-21 - Thanks to the Godly wisdom shared by Paul and Barnabas as well as Peter and James, the Council at Jerusalem resolved this issue by declaring that circumcision was not required for salvation.

Galatians 5:6 - "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love."

Moving Out With Reverence and Obedience! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Moving Out With Reverence and Obedience!

Joshua 4:14-24

July 29, 2018

1. The Lord expects us to REVERE our leaders.

Joshua 4:14 - "That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses."

1 Timothy 5:17 - "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching."

I Thessalonians 5:12-13 - "Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you."

2. The Lord's plan involves specific STEPS at the right TIME.

Joshua 4:15-18 - "Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan."

Romans 5:6-8 - "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."

Galatians 4:4 - "But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons."

3. The unfolding of the Lord's plan reveals His POWER and AUTHORITY.

Joshua 4:24 - "He did this so that the people of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful."

1 Corinthians 6:14 - "By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also."

2 Corinthians 13:4 - "For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you."

Jeremiah 10:12 - "But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by his understanding."

Psalm 33:8 - "Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the earth stand in awe of him. For He spoke it and it was done..."

4. The Lord requires us to FEAR Him.

Joshua 4:24 - "and so that you might always dear the Lord your God."

1 Samuel 12:24 - "Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things he has done for you."

Proverbs 9:10 - "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

Proverbs 14:27 - "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life."

Psalm 128:4 - "How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways."

 

A Healthy Appetite * Visiting Pastor Joel Fritz

Developing A Good Appetite

Joshua 14:6-15

July 22, 2018

1.) We all have appetites for things.

  • Parents shape our appetites when we are young.
  • This tends to become what our appetite expects as we grow up

2.) The complainers who caused such delay in reaching the promised land, held lingering     appetites for the provided food of slavery.

  • Their appetites conflicted with God's plan
  • Their appetites also conflicted with their own freedom

3.) Even at the age of 85, Joshua is just as ready to take the promised land as he was 40 years prior.

  • This is evidence of Joshua's continued appetite for God's work.
  • His appetite was developed through Moses's guidance and his own spiritual experiences.

4.) Let us move from apathy and toward God's appetite for His will!

"The road from apathy to God's appetite is paved with empathy."

 

 

A Stroll Along The Covenant Trail! * Pastor Jordan Rodgers

A Stroll Along The Covenant Trail!

Genesis 15:9-11

July 15, 2018

1. Understand that you have to have FAITH to please God.

Galatians 5:5 - "For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope."

2. Abraham the father of FAITH.

Genesis 12:1-3 - "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Genesis 15:1 - "...Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."

Genesis 15:6 - "Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness."

Genesis 5:9-11 - "So the Lord said to him, 'Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.' Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away."

3. Where the phrase CUT A DEAL comes from.

4. Walking the COVENANT walk.

Who walked the walk in Abraham's place? (Jesus' presence)

What did the smoking firepot and blazing torch represent? (Jesus' shekinah glory)

Psalm 119:105 - "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."

5. How do you think we should RESPOND to this?

Remember What The Lord Has Done! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

 

Remember What The Lord Has Done!

Joshua 4:1-13

July 8, 2018

1. The Lord wants us to set up MEMORIALS to remind us of what He has done.

Joshua 4:2-3 - "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."

Joshua 4:7 - "...These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever."

Exodus 12:14 - Passover and Festival of Unleavened Bread: "This is a day for you to commemorate, for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord - a lasting ordinance."

Luke 22:7-20 - The Last Supper: "...And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, 'This is my body given for you, do this in remembrance of me.'"

2. Remembering what the Lord has done helps us to APPRECIATE Him.

Joshua 4:8 - "So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan...and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down."

Joshua 4:11 - "and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched."

Joshua 4:23-24 - "For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Read Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God."

Psalm 103:2-4 - "Praise the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all of your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion..."

3. Remembering what the Lord has done helps us to build our FAITH.

Joshua 4:10 - "Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything that the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua."

Psalm 77:11 - "I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago." Then the psalmist cried out to the Lord for help.

Joshua 4:12-13 - "The men of Reuben, Gad and the Half tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war."

4. Remembering what the Lord has done helps us to pass on our faith to future GENERATIONS

Joshua 4:6-7 - "In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord."

Joshua 4:21 - "In the future when your descendants ask their parents, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground."

1 Chronicles 16:8 - "Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done."

 

Crossing the Jordan! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Crossing the Jordan!

Joshua 3:9-17

July 1, 2018

1. To move out, we must COME to the Lord and LISTEN.

Joshua 3:9 - "Joshua said to the Israelites, 'Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.'"

John 8:47 - "Whoever is of God hears the word of God."

Isaiah 55:3 - "Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live."

John 6:67-68 - "You do not want to leave too, do you? Jesus asked the twelve. Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."

2. God will often orchestrate things so that only HE can RESOLVE them.

Joshua 3:13 - "And 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."

Exodus 14 - The Lord directed the Israelites to meander near the Red Sea until they were hemmed in by Egyptians. Then God miraculously parted the Red Sea.

Deuteronomy 10:21 - "He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes."

Jeremiah 32:27 - "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?"

Matthew 19:26 - "With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible."

3. Crossing the Jordan will require greater FAITH than you have had before.

Joshua 3:15 - "Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during the harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water upstream stopped flowing."

Joshua 3:17 - "The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground."

2 Corinthians 5:7 - "For we live by faith, not by sight."

Hebrews 11 - "And by faith..."

John 11:40 - "Then Jesus said, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God.'"

1 John 5:4 - "For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."

Final Preparation - Ready to Move Out! * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Joshua 3:1-8

June 24, 2018

1. As we move out, God wants us to seek him EARLY.

Joshua 3:1 - "Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan."

Mark 1:35 - "Early in the morning, when it was still dark, Jesus got up and went to a solitary place. where he prayed."

This past Monday, the Lord woke me up at 3:00 am to start preparing the message.

2. God will be WITH us and He will move out AHEAD of us.

Joshua 3:2-4 - "After three days, the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: 'When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.'"

Joshua 3:6 - "Joshua said to the priests, 'Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of all the people.'"

Joshua 3:8 - "Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant, 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.'"

Exodus 25:8 - "Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them." (The Lord's presence was in the ark of the covenant.)

3. God is holy and He wants us to be HOLY.

1 Peter 1:16 - "Because it is written, 'Be ye holy, for I am holy.'"

Joshua 3:4 - "But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark, do not go near it."

Exodus 25:22 - "There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites."

Joshua 3:5 - "Joshua told the people, 'Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'"

4. God affirms and encourages His LEADERS.

Joshua 3:7 - "And the Lord said to Joshua, 'Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel so that they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.'"

Exodus 33:17 - "And the Lord said to Moses, 'I will do the very thing that you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.'"

Hebrews 13:17 - "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you."

Jeremiah 3:15 - "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."

Moving Out Always Requires Faith * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Joshua 2:1-24

June 17, 2018

1. Moving out requires WISDOM.

Joshua 2:1 - Joshua secretly sent two spies out to gain intel about Jehrico, and they entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab.

James 1:5 - "Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it...But when you ask God, you must believe." (Faith and wisdom are connected.)

2. You don't need to be PERFECT for God to use you.

Joshua 2 - God chose Rahab a prostitute to help the Israelites conquer Jehrico.

Hebrews 11:31 - "By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcome the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient."

Matthew 1:5 - "Rahab is listed as one of Jesus' ancestors. She was the wife of Salmon (one of the two spies) and the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth.

3. Moving out requires FAITH.

Joshua 2:9 - "I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us." Rahab believed in the Lord even though she was not an Israelite.

Joshua 2:19 - "We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt..." Rahab believed in the Lord based upon the evidence of what the Lord had done.

Joshua 2:4-6 - Rahab risks her life to hide the spies. Her courage and faith in the Lord led to her protection and the salvation of her family.

4. Moving out leads to the SALVATION of others.

Joshua 2:12 - "...Please swear to me by the Lord...that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them - and that you will save us from death." Rahab's faith helps her to save her whole family.

Joshua 6:23 - "So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel."

Romans 11:17 - "As a wild olive shoot, you were grafted in among the others." Rahab and her family were grafted in to the Israelites and become part of the covenant relationship between God and the Israelites. In the same way, we gentiles have been saved by the sacrifice of Christ and grafted in to the family of God.

AS WE MOVE OUT, LET'S PETITION THE LORD TOGETHER FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR LOVED ONES!

Moving Out Also Means Helping Out * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Joshua 1:10-18

June 10, 2018

1. Christianity is a TEAM sport!

When we move, we move out together.

Joshua 1:10 - "So Joshua ordered the officers to go through the camp and tell the people to get ready."

Ecclesiastes 4:9 - "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up."

2. Moving out involves HELPING OUT!

When God blesses you, he expects you to bless others.

Joshua 1:12-14 - Joshua reminded the Israelites that they were to help one another until they had all taken possession of the Promised Land.

Galatians 6:2 - "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Hebrews 6:10 - "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them."

3. Helping out involves SACRIFICE.

Numbers 32:17 - "But we will arm ourselves for battle and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place."

Hebrews 13:16 - "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

4. Helping out requires OBEDIENCE.

Joshua 1:16 - "Then they answered Joshua, 'Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses so we will obey you."

Joshua 22:1-3 - "...You have done all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded. For a long time now you have not deserted your fellow Israelites but have carried out the mission the Lord your God gave you."

Joshua 22:5 - "But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you:  to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."