The Book of Joshua describes a God who faithfully fulfills His promises as He guides and directs the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan.  The book repeatedly emphasizes that their victories were due to God’s intervention. Chapter one opens with the call of God upon Joshua.  We see the peril in the call, the person of the call  along with God’s provision, His promises and His power in the call.

Part 2 explores the divine provision, protection, presence and power of God. In the process we examine both the attitude of faith (persistent, prepared, peaceful & persuaded) and the appetite of faith (practice, possess & ponder the Word)



Part 3 speaks of the preparation in conquering Canaan and the symbolism and strength in anticipation.  We see both the perfect and permissive will of God as the 2 1/2 tribes are chosen as well as their commitment and consequences. This message closes with a discussion of the desire of the people, their dependence and declaration.

In Part 4 Scripture teaches us about the grace and mercy of God.  Here we learn that there is not a person in this world that is too hard that God cannot reach.

Rahab knows that Jerico is now under condemnation and realizes that the only hope she had was to turn to the God of Israel by turning to the people of Israel.  The concern she has for herself and her family leads to a covenant that provides preservation, participation and separation leading to salvation.

In Part 1 of “Crossing the Jordan” Pastor Tester helps us understand what it means to go from the wilderness (or carnality) to the spiritual life leading to experiencing the fullness of God.  We see the problems in crossing the Jordan but also the provision, preparation and expectation in the crossing.

In Part 2 of “Crossing the Jordan”  we see the expectation and example of the priests in the crossing.  Pastor Tester explores the proclamation, promise and power in the crossing that leads to a picture of surrender, sanctification and sufficiency.

One of the most liberating truths about the Christian life is found in Joshua 4.  The memorial of the stones represents God allowing Israel to exit their bondage and enter into His fullness as they crossed the Jordan.  The memorial today serves to remind us of not only what we have been saved from but what we have been saved to.

What takes places in our lives when we walk in God’s provision?  It is wonderful to know what God has for us but even more wonderful to experience it.  The children of Israel are now in Canaan and in God’s provision.  God begins to allow them to participate in some things for the first time in forty years.