Fathers KGF Courageous Living Sunday June 17, 2012

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1 Fathers KGF Courageous Living Sunday June 17, Pastor Mike Penninga Intro Testimony / Sharing from Errol Martens It s great to hear from and pray for Errol because I look at this man as an example of Courageous Living, which is the title of this morning s message. Encourage you to open your Bibles to the book of Joshua chapter 1, page You can use your Smart Phones or Tablets to go onto kgfchurch.com/live, YouVersion live event. Message outline in bulletin Courageous Movie Night Last October Last October I did an experiment in the power of social media to quickly gather a group of individuals. At 7:51pm on a Tuesday night I sent out this and Facebook post: (read parts of ) We had 8 guys who showed up 90 minutes later at the Paramount Theatre downtown. Didn t know really what to expect, but it was powerful! Great movie that challenged us as husbands and fathers. And the over-arching question that we left with was this. Am I going to live courageously? Word Courageous Now when we use the word courageous, certain ideas come to our head. What words do you associate with courageous, love to get your feedback. (Response from congregation) Here are some words that will come up as you search for courageous 1

2 bravery - valour nerve guts daring audacity. Definition of Courageous online Not deterred by danger or pain; brave Here are some of the pictures you would see if you googled the word courageous. Show photos 2 Facebook Response: I asked you that question on Facebook this week. How would you define Courage Here are some of your responses: Inner strength to do God's will, without trying to control the outcome, and trusting God for the results. Courage: obeying God - choosing what is right - no matter the cost. The choice of courage is when you act or behave above the way you might normally. To act with courage requires a selfless abandonment fueled on the strength and ability only given from the Lord. Today s Definition: For the sake of where we are going today, I d like to suggest this as the definition of Courageous Living. Making God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. Courageous living is making God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. Two Areas: We are called to live courageously in all aspects of our lives, but today, because it s Father s Day, I d like to focus on two areas of courageous living. Both areas require courageous living, making God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. First - Loving Faithfulness to your Spouse Second - Godly Influence on your Children 2

3 3 Fireproof Comment I ll never forget the line from the movie Fireproof, where Kirk Cameron, who plays a heroic fire-fighter says, Why is it that I seem to be a hero to everyone but my wife? See as men, it s easier to live courageously in the work world, or among society, or with our hobbies. But we seem to miss it when it comes to the home. Courageous Story Line: The movie Courageous follows four police officers who are heroes on the street Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. You Today: Maybe that s how you feel today. Maybe you feel you re failing in this area. The last thing you feel is courageous. Here s the good news... it s when you re in the midst of the battle that courageous living can arise the most. You don t need to be courageous when the sky is clear and the sea is calm. Courage arises where there is fear and uncertainty. Most Need Courage: You know who needs courage most here today? Those who are most afraid. Those who have the most to lose. Those who wonder how they will get through the day. It is you who need courage. 3

4 Where Come From? Where will your courage come from? It ll come from the acknowledgement that you are not walking alone. That God is with you. That He is your rear guard. He is beside you. He is going ahead of you. You are not alone! 4 Jesus on Sea of Galilee: I was reminded this week of the words of Jesus, spoken in the midst of a dark night and a raging storm on the sea of Galilee. As he walks on water towards the boat, the disciples are terrified. You would be too! But listen to His words. Matthew 14:27, Jesus spoke to them at once. Don t be afraid, he said. Take courage. I am here! Take Courage... I Am Here! In the midst of the storm, in the midst of the battle, in the midst of the wind and the spray, in the midst of the darkness, Jesus shows up and says to us, Take Courage...I am here! And it makes all the difference in the world. Psalm 27:14 - Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Scripture Joshua: Scripture is full of individuals who lived courageously, but one that stands out in my books is that of Joshua. Joshua was a man of courage in all aspects of his life. He continually made God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. And because of that, he s a great model for us in this area. 4

5 5 Just to bring you up to speed, Joshua was the apprentice of Moses, who God had tapped to bring the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Joshua in Scripture: Our first introduction to Joshua is in Exodus 17, where he was a military general who helped Israel to victory in battle against the Amalekites. This was the battle when Moses was on top of the mountain, holding the staff of God above his head. Whenever his arms came down, the army began to lose, so Aaron & Hur held his arms up for him... powerful picture. Key Thought: Here s a key thought - You will live courageous lives when you see the hand of God at work in your life. I m certain Joshua wouldn t have forgotten that day, that battle. When God fights for you, you realize no one can stand against you. Moses Assistant: Sometime between Exodus 17 and Exodus 24, that s the part of God giving the 10 commandments to Moses, Joshua became Moses assistant, and we read that he joined Moses up on Mount Sinai to meet with God. Pretty amazing opportunity. Out of all the leaders and priests of Israel, Joshua alone was allowed this privilege. Spied Out The Land: A bit later on in the story, we see that Joshua was one of the two spies who came back from the Promised Land with a favorable report (Numbers 13) Of the 12 spies who were sent by Moses to check out this new land, only he and Caleb said they could take it, because God was with them! Joshua made God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. Key thought - You will live courageous lives when you are confident you are doing what God has asked you to do. 5

6 6 Appointed Next Leader: At the end of the book of Numbers, God Himself appoints Joshua to take over Moses role as leader of the Israelite nation. Moses commissioning Joshua with these powerful words, Deuteronomy 31:7-8 Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. Who Speaks Over Your Life? Let me ask you a personal question men... Who do you have in your life who will speak these truths over you? What mentor or role model or influencer do you have in your life who can speak life over you? You need them. And there are men here who need to be that for the next generation of Joshua s. Moses Died Joshua Filled: When Moses died at the age of 120 years old, Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom. And God Himself spoke these words of courage over Joshua. Joshua 1:7-9 Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. 6

7 7 You will live courageously when the Word of God becomes the foundation of your life. Look at verse 8. Study this book of instruction continually, meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. Joshua lived courageously, making God-honoring choices in the face of many competing forces. The whole book of Joshua tells the story of how this courage is walked out. Joshua s Farewell Speech: The last thing we read about Joshua is his great farewell speech. Joshua 24:14-15 So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD. Joshua s commitment was clear. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. That s why I love that song we sang earlier today by Brian Doerksen, entitled, Today Today I choose to follow you. Today I choose to give my yes to you. Today I choose to hear your voice and live. Today I choose to follow you. As for me and my house, we will serve you. As for me and my house, we will spend our lives on you. Today. 7

8 8 Courageous Follower: Truth is, Joshua was a courageous leader because he was a courageous follower. Courageous living begins as you become an unapologetic, courageous follower. Follower? Interesting conversation this week about these wrist-bands, Follower with a guy who said that was difficult for him to wear at first because he always thought being a follower was a bad thing. But truth is, we can t live courageously until we understand that we are followers first. I love what the Apostle Paul said, Follow me as I follow Christ. Imitate me as I imitate Christ. The word disciple means one who follows. Courageous living begins as we declare our allegiance as a follower. The Resolution: In the movie Courageous, the men in the film make a resolution to be the spiritual leaders in their homes. Throughout the movie, they display heroic acts of courage on behalf of citizens of their community, but their most courageous moment comes when they choose to stand as men and take responsibility for their own lives, and the lives of their families. I have included in the bulletin the resolution from the movie. Want to read it with you. And you will realize that living this way requires courage. Read Resolution Not enough to have some powerful words or good intentions... we have to make a decision to courageously walk them out each day. 8

9 Want to show you the closing scene from the movie, a call to action. 9 Show video clip I love what Billy Graham said: Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. Friends, you need to take a stand for your sake and those around you. Prayer for Men: And that s why, on this Father s Day, I am inviting the men of KGF to take a stand, so we can ask God s help to make us Courageous. If you are a teenager, you can stand, 20 s, 30 s, 40 s, 50 s, 60 s, 70 s, 80 s, 90 s. Whether you re married or not Whether you re a father or not Prayer of blessing Song Lead Me I ve asked Jon to close the service with a song entitled Lead Me by the group Sanctus Real We can t do this without asking Jesus to lead us! Closing song Lead Me Next Steps: Altar open. Courageous Movie night Monday for all guys, 7pm Sanctuary Giveaway Seven magazine - pew rack Resource Table Foyer Benediction - Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." 9

10 Fathers KGF Courageous Living Sunday June 17, Pastor Mike Penninga Calling All Men! Free Movie Night Courageous, Monday June 18 th, 7pm, KGF Sanctuary Today s Definition of Courageous : Making choices in the face of many. 1. Loving to your Spouse 2. Godly on your Children The Difference Maker Jesus! Matthew 14:27, Jesus spoke to them at once. Don t be afraid, he said. Take courage. I am here! Psalm 27:14 - Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Joshua Lessons in Courageous Living Exodus 17 Military general, battle against the Amalekites. o Key Thought: You will live courageous lives when you see the at work in your life. Exodus 24 - Joined Moses up on Mount Sinai to meet with God. Numbers 13 - One of 12 spies, only he and Caleb were confident o Key Thought: You will live courageous lives when you are confident you are. Deuteronomy 31 - Appointed next leader o Key Thought: Who Speaks Over Your Life? Joshua 1 - God s Commissioning of Joshua o Key Thought: You will live courageously when the becomes the foundation of your life. Joshua 24 - Joshua s Farewell Speech o Key Thought: Make it clear who you will serve! Where does it begin? When you choose to be a courageous Courageous The Resolution: Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. Billy Graham 10

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