5 Things Joshua Teaches Us About Ministry Leadership

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Joshua is an excellent example of biblical courage. At Iron on Iron 2013, we examined the big picture of his life in God’s Word.
  1. Joshua was born and raised as a slave and likely had no sense of entitlement.
  2. Joshua was in the first combat of the Israelites against the Amalekites. He was a soldier, leading in combat.
  3. Joshua served as Moses’ assistant — he was not the number one guy.
  4. Joshua suffered the consequences of the ten unfaithful spies (besides he and Caleb) for 40 years. He stayed the course, faithful to the Lord, serving behind Moses.
  5. Joshua had an impressive resume, but God still had to call him to courage. Only he and Caleb did not tremble in fear when they spied out the promised land.
We learn humility by serving under others, being the number two guy. We all tend to struggle with doubt about our calling in ministry. Availability is the only thing we bring to Gospel ministry, nothing else! Each of us has a powerful testimony of the Gospel bringing us from death to life. None of us bring anything to offer the Lord — our qualifications mean nothing because Christ brings everything.
Facing fears in ministry on our own is like thinking we can practice shooting our BB gun to prep for attack by terrorists.
What did God command Joshua to do in the face of struggle and fear?
  • Be strong and courageous.
  • Meditate on the Word of God.
  • Obey the scriptures.
  • Speak the Word of God with boldness.
Preach the Word of God regardless of the cultural climate. Preach repentance no matter what! Feel urgency toward the culture. Courage comes from God’s presence in ministry.

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