Strong & Courageous

By Pastor Del Riemer

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At Summerland Baptist Church, we find ourselves on the cusp of a new era! We are moving into new leadership (Pastoral and Leadership Board), looking at fresh potential and territory, refocused vision and Kingdom perspective. The book of Joshua, in many ways, parallels where we are at and will provide us with the foundation for wonderful introspection, evaluation, discussion and personal and church growth. 

“Joshua is a book about God in action. The dramatic events recorded in its pages have only one satisfactory explanation; the same God who miraculously delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt forty years earlier, equally miraculously  brought them in to the land of Canaan He had promised to them. This is not a record of what Joshua did for God so much as a record of what God did through Joshua. The principles that enable God to work in human experience are demonstrated and taught against the realistic background of conflict, failure and human frailty. While teaching the reality of warfare, Joshua reveals the possibility of victory. It teaches us that failure need never lead to despair but may become the springboard to a greater trust and confidence in God.” (‘Discovering Joshua’ by Charles Price)  

The events recorded in the book of Joshua are great content to study and learn the history of Israel and God’s desire for His people, however, beyond that it is the story of ordinary people like us who moved, learned, battled and possessed the land God intended to bless them with. All this was as a result of a leader and a people who sought God with their whole heart, learned from their mistakes and compromise, and came to a place of surrender, obedience and great blessing. The result was ‘breathtaking’!

Join Pastors Jack, Del and Lee as they take 12 weeks to teach through this exciting and practical book, showcasing the glory and faithfulness of God as seen through His work in ordinary people like you and me. Study booklets are available in the church foyer or online at Use the study booklets to guide you in reading ahead each week, prepare for the upcoming sermon and to glean & record your own revelations direct from God’s heart & word.  

May we all seek Him with our whole heart, and possess the full land God has prepared for us as a church family.

With thankfulness and great anticipation,

Pastor Del

To view the study booklet or listen to sermons in this series, click here.

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