10.18.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2It’s not the changes that will do you in, its the transitions. (William Bridges)

This morning we continued our Story series by exploring Deuteronomy 32 and Joshua 1, two texts that record the leadership transition from Moses to Joshua. Moses does his part in the transition by blessing Joshua. I love what Rabbi Even Moffic writes about this action:

Moses does not just hand over keys to the castle and leave. He lays his hands upon Joshua’s head. He speaks words of commission into his ears and his heart. He blesses him. A blessing beats an instruction manual. A blessing means more than a stamp of approval. A blessing whispers confidence into the heart. A blessing conveys a trust deeper than a mere handshake.”

And in Joshua 1, we find the LORD speaking deeply into the mind and heart of Joshua.

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 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.” (Joshua 1:5-9)

Here are four keys to faithfully facing fear in time of transition:

  1. The Promise of Presence (Joshua 1:5)
  2. The Readiness Factor (Joshua 1:6)
  3. Aligning with God’s Wisdom (Joshua 1: 7-8)
  4. The With God Principle (Joshua 1:9)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Always (One Sonic Society)
  • How Can It Be (One Sonic Society)
  • Video: Fear No Evil (The Work of the People)
  • Praying Psalm 23
  • Good to Me (Audrey Assad)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Facing Fear in Times of Transition)
  • Whom Shall I Fear (Chris Tomlin)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend at The Worship Community.

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