Questions for Pondering — May 28, 2017
Sermon Title: Be the Church: Remember
Sermon Text: Joshua 4:1-7
1 When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua: 2 “Select twelve men from the people, one from each tribe, 3 and command them, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood, carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight.’” 4 Then Joshua summoned the twelve men from the Israelites, whom he had appointed, one from each tribe. 5 Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one for each of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 so that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever.”
7th Sunday of Easter
This Sunday is the Memorial Day weekend, the weekend we have set aside as a nation to remember those who have fallen in the service for our country. Through remembering their sacrifice, we reiterate the values they have given their lives for. In the same way, the church also needs to remember those who have gone before us and their sacrifices that built the church which have served us. However, remembering only the history of the good old days does not do justice for their service. The only way we can honor the faith of those who have gone before us is by building a church that is now meaningful to the generations that will come after us. This Sunday we will explore the question of what we are called to remember as a faith community.
Questions to Ponder:
- God told the Israelites to create a monument that will cause the subsequent generations to ask the meaning of the monument. However, the answer was simply focused on the work of God. In what ways will this encourage the faith of the next generation?
- In your own life, how do you create a memory for the next generation to come? How have you encouraged the faith of those who will follow you? What message will you give to your children and grandchildren about God? Or, will you only talk about the church?