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Choosing to Serve God
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Joshua 24:24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

Outline

1. A Review

The Nation Convened

Joshua 24::1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

God's Blessings Recounted

Joshua 24::11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
Joshua 24:12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.
Joshua 24:13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.

2. A Proposition

An Earnest Request

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

An Outstanding Choice

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,

An Outstanding Example

Joshua 24:15 or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

3. A Decision

The Decision Stated

Joshua 24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

The Decision Affirmed

Joshua 24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
Joshua 24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
Joshua 24:24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

The Decision Solomnized

Joshua 24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

Every person, in order to be given the choice, must be contacted individually or in a congregation: church; or other wise. God's outward witness to all the earth is that there is a God. But man must be shown by other men that there is a Saviour.

Choosing to Serve God

1. The Review

Joshua 24:1-2, 11-13

2. The Challange

Joshua 24:14-16

3. The Response

Joshua 24:22-25

Choosing to Serve God

1. Looking Back in History

Joshua 24:1-2a, 11-13

2. Looking Now to God

Joshua 24: 14-16

3. Looking toward the Future

Joshua 24: 22-25

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