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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Continuing our “Taking Ground” series, this past weekend Pastor Doug shared a powerful word from Joshua 11–21. In this message, we saw how God was so faithful to keep His promises while also exploring what audacious faith looks like.
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Audacity: Boldness or daring, with confident disregard for personal comfort.
Audacious Faith Is Confidence for the Impossible: Joshua had the same bold faith at 85 that he had at 40. He trusted that his God could do the impossible, could bring about victory even in the bleakest of situations, could stop the sun, bring down the walls, and part the waters. This is the essence of the gospel . . . victory over sin and death despite the impossible and insurmountable.
Audacious Faith Is Not Afraid to Stand Alone: If God is for us, who can be against us? When we live out audacious faith, we can walk with our heads held high because we know God is on our side. No matter what’s going on around us, we can experience the joy, peace, and hope of the Lord because He has promised to never leave nor forsake us, that He works all things for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes, and that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
Audacious Faith Overflows into the Lives of Others: When we hold fast to the hope we have in Christ, when we walk confidently and boldly with love, grace, and humility, when we allow His Spirit to pour into us and fill us with faith, it will pour out of us into the lives of the people around us. This is the legacy that is passed down to us by those who came before us. May we be a people who continue that legacy and pass it on to the next generation.
Audacious Faith Trusts God as the Ultimate Inheritance: This is why David said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need” (Psalm 23:1 NLT). Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “I do not want, I cannot want; I never shall want with such a Shepherd as I have. He will provide for me; nay, more, God himself is my provision. All I need I have, for ‘The Lord is my shepherd.’” When we understand this and experience it for ourselves, we will no longer be concerned with acquiring and accumulating the things of this world because we will know and rejoice that in Christ, we have all we need.
Quote to Remember: There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!—Abraham Kuyper
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. What great victories has the Lord won in your life?
2. What are the strongholds and battles currently being fought in your life?
3. How are you walking out an audacious faith in your life today?
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Join us on Wednesday as Pastor Joe Ferraro from our West Boca campus provides an in-depth examination on the importance of patience and peacemaking.
Then on the weekend, Pastor Doug will unpack Joshua 23, where we'll see Joshua deliver his farewell address to the leaders of Israel. We'll also come to understand how Joshua actually dropped the baton by failing to train up a successor as Moses did with him.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.