The Joshua Victor Theory

The Steadfast and Loving God

July 24, 2011

Sermon on Deuteronomy 7:6-9, on God's choice of Israel as His people, and also God's choosing of Jew and Gentile believers to be His church, and how God's love is steadfast.

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1. Deuteronomy comprises Moses’ final instructions to the Israelites before they entered the land of Canaan. He presents the Law of God a second time; reminds what God did to bring them there; how they were to live faithfully in the land He was giving them; and what would happen if they were unfaithful to God.

2. Was God’s choosing of Israel as His chosen nation an example of favoritism? Did it give the children of Israel grounds for pride in themselves? Deut. 7:6-8. What about the expanded calling to all believers in Christ? As God’s chosen children, a “holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9-10), do we have grounds to boast in ourselves? What, then, is the reason for God’s calling and choice?

3. Describe what it means to be called “God’s treasured possession.” How does this help us understand the startling meaning of the parable of the treasure hidden in the field, and the pearl of great price, told in Matthew 13:44-46? Who then is the man who sold everything to purchase this great treasure? What was the treasure?

4. How does this knowledge about how God values you create meaning, purpose, and identity, while at the same time keeping you humble? Explain what it means to have “Christ-esteem” in place of “self-esteem.” Read 1 Cor. 1:26-31 for help.

5. Who is within reach of God’s incredible love? Are you? John 3:16

6. How does our new calling and purpose for life lead us into a new path for our life? Titus 2:11-14

7. Where is the best proof of God’s steadfast, unshakeable love? How did Jesus demonstrate His determination to purchase us as His treasured possession?

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