Week 1


Courageous Discipleship

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Director, Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries


Week One

Be Strong and Very Courageous - Joshua 1


Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.


Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.



  • Bronze Age Values
  • Forty Years in the Wilderness
  • Joshua’s Résumé
  • Camped at Shittim
  • Struggling with Fear and Responsibility
  • Wherever You Set Your Foot (1:3-4)
  • God never leaves, never forsakes us (1:5b)
  • Be strong and very courageous (1:6)
  • Meditate on the Word (1:7-9)
  • God’s success formula (1:8b)
  • The Order to Advance (1:10-11)
  • Joined by the Trans-Jordan Tribes (1:12-18)

Q1. (Joshua 1:3) In what way is God’s promise to Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set your foot,” a conditional promise? What’s wrong with a faith that consists primarily of the philosophy: “If God wants me to have it He will give it to me”? What areas that God has promised you that you must press forward to receive?


Q2. (Joshua 1:5b) Why is God’s promise to be always with Joshua so important to

him? Why is this promise so important to you in your present situation? If God is

with you, what limitations do you have?

Q3. (Joshua 1:6-8) What kinds of things might Joshua be tempted to fear if he were to allow himself to dwell on his anxieties? What does it mean to “be strong and very courageous”? What is the distinction between weakness and strength in Joshua’s situation? What is the relationship between fear and faith? Can you be courageous and still be fearful?


Q4. (Joshua 1:8) What does it mean to meditate on the Word? What is the difference between Christian meditation and Eastern meditation? How does God work through His Word to renew our minds?

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Our goal is to expand our community projects to include and after school program as well as an adult continuing education center among our services that would be of value to our members and surrounding community.



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