Evangelical Free Church of Canton
Reminder, Rebuke, & Restoration
October 17, 2021

Reminder, Rebuke, & Restoration

October 17, 2021

Icebreaker: What are some of the greatest hinderances to conflict being resolved amongst brothers and sisters in Christ? (If you have a personal testimony of when you saw a conflict situation resolved in a healthy way, share it)

1. Read Joshua 22:1-6

  • If the tribes had been faithful to keep God’s commands up until now, what is the reason for Joshua’s warning in verse 5?
  • In what ways have you seen a need for reminder of God’s commands in your own life and in the historical life of the church?

2. Read Joshua 22:10-12 & 17-20

  • Read the following passages and discuss why there was such a strong reaction to the news about an alter being built (Deuteronomy 12:1-7, Numbers 25:1-9, Joshua 7:1-5)
  • What areas do you see a need for the church to respond boldly and quickly in defense of the truth today?

2. Read Joshua 22:13-16 & 21-34

  • What stands out about Israels approach to this conflict? In what ways do we see a parallel to how we as the church should respond today?
  • “Is there fear to exercise church discipline against believers in our churches today? Why or why not?” (Question taken from “Joshua” by Dale Ralph Davis)

Prayer:

Today I challenge you to pray for your church. Pray for church leadership, but as we wrestle with the recognition that each one of us (as the church) has a responsibility to guard the truth given to us (2 Timothy 1:14), pray for the church as a whole. Pray for boldness to speak the truth. Pray for courage to stand up against the lies of culture. Pray for our children to grow to understand and live out the truth. Pray that God would be glorified in the church.

 

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