Vance Pitman

God's Workers, God's Work, & God's Word

Hope's Bright Future
Aug 21, 2022
Joshua 1:1-9

In this sermon Pastor Vance preaches the installation of Scott Worthington as the new Senior Pastor of Hope Church.

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GOD’S WORKERS, GOD’S WORK, & GOD’S WORD


Installation Service for Scott Worthington


God Commissions Joshua (Joshua 1:1-9)


After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


 


“I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”—Luke 4:43 (NASB)


 



  1. GOD’S WORKERS ALWAYS CHANGE (v.1-2)


 


Reality: Spiritual leaders are simply vessels God has chosen to use for a specific period of time. God is the one at work!


 



  1. GOD’S WORK NEVER CEASES (v.3-5)


 


POINT: The mission of God is bigger than any one person or place!


 


The mission of God being accomplished in the world did not rest in the competency and character of Joshua; it rested in the competency and character of God…and God is Faithful!


Revelation 5:9-10 - And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”


 


III. GOD’S WORD NEVER FAILS (v.6-8)


 


Three Practical Conclusions:


1) To the church—There is always a worker to follow


“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”—Hebrews 13:17


 


2) To the church and pastor—There is always the work to finish


“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”—Matthew 28:19-20


 


3) To the church and pastor—There is always The Word to obey


 


All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. — 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5


 

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