We learn 4 important lessons from the memorial stones that God ordered the Israelites to take from the Jordan River.
The following are some discussion questions to be used with this sermon, either for individual study or use in a group:
- If you had a choice between being able to remember what happened yesterday and not being able to remember what happened yesterday, which would you choose. Why?
- What evidence shows that remembering is important to God? Why do you think God expects his people to remember what He has done?
- Read Joshua 4:1-5. What did the Lord command Joshua to do? How would you have felt if you had been one of those chosen to carry a stone from the middle of the Jordan river? Pick one of the following and share the reason for your answer:
- you would have felt honored
- you would have felt annoyed for having to carry a heavy stone
- you would have wondered why you were doing such a thing
- Read Joshua 4:6-7 and verses 20-24. What was the purpose of the stones? What can we learn from the fact that God wanted the stones to be a way of teaching their children about what He had done? Why is passing our faith down to our children and grandchildren important? How good a job do you feel you are doing at this?
- What was it that God wanted the people to remember and pass down to their children? What is something God has done in your life that you want to remember and pass down to your children and grandchildren?
- Read Joshua 4:14. Why do you think God exalted Joshua in the sight of all the people in a way that they “stood in awe of him”? Why is it important that we submit to those God has put in authority over us? (see 1 Pe. 2:13–15, Hebrews 13:17, Ephesians 5:21-22)
- 7. Jim stated that taking Communion should go beyond remembering what Christ did over 2,000 years ago. He said that when we take Communion we should also remember how His death and resurrection impacted our own lives. What is your own story of what Jesus did for you? How would you share it with someone who does not know Jesus as their Savior?