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Lesson 1: Meraih dan Mewujudkan VISI

Joshua 1:1 “After the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua, the son of Nun, `Moses, my servant, is dead. Now then, you and all of these people get ready to cross the Jordan river into the land I’m about to give them [the Israelites]. In other words, this is graduation day. They’re getting ready to go into the land for the first time. I will give you every place where you set your foot as I promised Moses. Then He gets very specific and He defines exactly what Joshua is to take over. Your territory will extend from the desert and from Lebanon to the great river of the Euphrates, all the Hittite countries, and to the Great Sea on the west and no one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.”

What does this passage teach us?

1. BE CLEAR IN YOUR DIRECTION

That’s the starting point. God specifically outlines the What? the When? the Where? and the Why? Joshua was to take over the land. He says, This is what I want you to do. You need a clear cut goal. You don’t need a vague goal. You need a precise idea: Where am I headed in life? I talk to people all the time who come for counseling and they say, “I just don’t really know what I want in life. I’m frustrated with my marriage. I’m frustrated with my job.” I say, “Can you be a little more specific?” God wants us to know exactly where we’re headed and we need a clear (not a vague) goal.

2. BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR DESIRES.

Typically, once you set a God-given goal, immediately after you set it, you begin to doubt it. You begin to question it. You begin to ask yourself things like, “Is this really God’s will?” “Does God really want me to have this? Do I really deserve it? Is this just a selfish request? What if I’m wrong?” Then you start second guessing yourself. The Bible says “A double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.” You have to not only be clear in your destination, your direction, what do you want out of life, but you have to be confident in that desire. You’ve got to believe in God. You’ve got to believe in yourself. You have to believe that God wants to bless your life. You have to be confident in your desires.

Evidently, Joshua had a problem with this. Over and over he felt very inadequate. In this passage, God keeps having to give Joshua a pep talk. Four times in this passage, God says to Joshua, “You can do it! Go for it!” In verse 6 He says, “God says to Joshua, `Be strong and courageous.’” v. 7, He says, “Be strong and very courageous.” v. 9, He says, “Be strong and very courageous.” v. 18, He says, “Be strong and very courageous.” Four times! He’s trying to say, Get the point, Joshua!

Why does God say that? Fear, not problems, keeps you in the wilderness. It’s not the problems of the Promised Land. Even the Promised Land has problems. It has giants in it. You have problems wherever you are. But it’s fear that keeps you in the wilderness and you must be confident in your desires.

When you are committed to doing the will of God, God can speak through your desires. God can use your desires as guiding steps when you are sincerely saying, “God, I’m determined to do Your will.” Be clear in your direction and be confident in your desires.

3. BE COMMITTED TO YOUR DECISION.

That means once you have started, never, ever look back. Luke 9:62 tells us, “No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of heaven.” Don’t look back! Any farmer knows if he looks back while he’s plowing, he’s going to plow a crooked line. Commitment is the key to accomplishment. No commitment means you’ll never finish anything.

This is what God says in verse 9b “Joshua, don’t be terrified. Don’t be discouraged. For the Lord, your God, will be with you wherever you go.” Stick with it! Hang in there! Keep at it! Keep on keeping on! Be committed to your decision. Once you’ve made it, stick with it.

What are you committed to? A lot of people today are afraid of commitment. Maybe they begin one job and that gets tough so they switch to another. They’re constantly switching jobs. Or maybe they’re in a marriage and they won’t make a commitment to that. They move from one relationship to another. Some people flirt from one project to the next. They never finish anything. Some people, even ministry leaders, float in and out of churches because they cannot make a commitment. The favorite phrase is, “If it doesn’t work out…” The fact is, high achievers make a decision and they die by it.

Notice what Joshua did. In Joshua 3 he prepared the people to be committed, to make the effort. They were getting ready to go into the Promised Land. They were on one side of the Jordan River getting ready to cross it. This was graduation day. This was the point of no return. This was the moment of truth, the time of decision.

Sometimes that’s what you have to do. You have to commit yourself to something so there’s no way out.

Look what Joshua did in 3:5. “Then Joshua said to the people, `Consecrate yourselves. For tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’” Consecrate — that means an act of total, unconditional, unreserved commitment. It means laying it all on the line. It means going for broke. They were in essence saying, “God, we’re going to go for it even if we fail!” And that, says God, is a principle of success. Be clear in your destination. Be confident of your desires. Be committed to your decisions.

There are some things that typically will discourage you and will tempt you to give up.

1. Problems. Problems will tempt you to give up. Every good idea, has something wrong with it. Every good idea has a problem to it. You don’t reject something just because it’s is difficult. Even the Promised Land had problems. As a Christians leader, a problem should never get you down, except down on your knees. Problems should be turned into prayer requests. Problems will tempt you to give up.

2. Pressures will tempt you to give up. You want to say, “This is too much responsibility! I’m going to throw in the towel. I can’t do this on my own. I can’t handle the pressure. I want to quit. I want to give up.”

3. People will tempt you to give up, to let go of your commitments. They will disappoint you. Sometimes you’ll be misunderstood. Maybe ridiculed, maybe criticized. The fact is, negative attitudes are contagious.

Commitment is the third key in God’s strategy for success is to never give up. Be clear in your direction. Be confident in your desires. Be committed to your decisions.

 

Lesson 2: MENYEBRANG KE TANAH PERJANJIAN

A. Instruksi: Bacalah YOSUA 1:1-11 (Bacalah secara bergantian, pronounce the Word of God adalah salah satu hal penting dalam mempelajari firman)

B. Bahan Pelajaran:

Inilah hari yang dinantikan itu…..setelah perbudakan 400 tahun di Mesir, setelah melalui berbagai tulah yang ditimpakan kepada Mesir , setelah berputar-putar di padang gurun, akhirnya mereka akan memasuki tanah perjanjian itu…bagi kita, sudah saatnya untuk tidak berputar-putar dalam masalah yg ada, atau jalan ditempat, tidak mengalami kemajuan dalam pelayanan, kerohanian, kehidupan pribadi, sudah saatnya bergerak, move to another level !

1. The Excitement

Yosua, pada akhirnya dia harus bersiap, memimpin bangsa Israel menduduki Kanaan.

“Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. (NASB)

“Hamba-Ku Musa telah meninggal. Dan sekarang bangkitlah, seberangilah Yordan ini, engkau dan seluruh umat ini, ke negeri yang akan Kuberikan kepada mereka, kepada bani Israel.(MILT)

Yosua sebagai pemimpin, pasti merasakan sebuah excitement yang besar, sekaligus juga nervous, karena dia akan berhadapan dengan sungai Yordan, dan dia akan juga menghadapi suku-suku bangsa di sebrang Yordan untuk diperangi. Dia harus siap!

Apakah dia mampu? Itu pertanyaannya… di sini letaknya iman Yosua: 2 Kor 3:4-6

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.(NIV)

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,(NASB)

2. It’s an invasion

Sama seperti perjalanan bangsa Israel ke Kanaan untuk menduduki negri mereka, kekristenan bersifat invasive. Tuhan Yesus mengatakan kita adalah garam dan terang dunia. Mengapa?

Karena garam dan terang selalu memberikan pengaruh bagi sekelilingnya. Jika garam dibubuhkan pada sebuah masakan, rasa asinnya larut dan mempengaruhi keseluruhan isi masakan itu. Jika terang itu hadir, maka kegelapan akan sirna.

Kekristenan bukan sekedar defensive, kehidupan yang tidak berdosa, tetapi kekristenan bersifat invasive, ada pengaruh yang dihasilkan oleh kekristenan bagi sekeliling mereka. Tema kita ARISE AND SHINE berbicara tentang hal ini.

Menurut kamu bagaimana caranya kita meng-invasi (membawa dampak terhadap sekitar kita) ? berikan contoh yg nyata, serta apa yg sudah kamu kerjakan !

Lalu, siapakah yang disebut sebagai tentara Tuhan untuk menduduki Kanaan? Bil 1:1-3

“Hitunglah jumlah segenap umat Israel menurut kaum-kaum yang ada dalam setiap suku mereka, dan catatlah nama semua laki-laki di Israel 1:3 yang berumur dua puluh tahun ke atas dan yang sanggup berperang, orang demi orang

Tuhan menginginkan orang-orang yang bisa berperang, dalam Perjanjian Baru Rasul Paulus mengatakan:

Berjaga-jagalah! Berdirilah dengan teguh dalam iman! Bersikaplah sebagai laki-laki! Dan tetap kuat! (1 Kor 16:13)

Ini perintah Tuhan. Tuhan merindukan umatNya menjadi umat yang kuat, karena mereka yang kuatlah yang mampu melakukan sebuah invasi rohani.

Army of God adalah golongan khusus yang bisa berperang. Mereka harus kuat dan teguh. Mereka yang akan berdiri di baris depan sebuah invasi.

 

C. Penerapan Firman

Tema tahunan kita adalah “ARISE AND SHINE”, ini berarti keberadaan kita sebagai anak-anak terang harus bisa membawa the light of Christ di manapun kita berada.

Ingat, kita sedang mempelajari Yosua, sebuah kitab yang berisi kemenangan iman, sebuah kisah perjalanan rohani yang dahsyat (menyebrangi Sungai Yordan, merobohkan Yerikho, menduduki tanah perjanjian..), dan untuk itu diperlukan umat Tuhan yang mampu menjadi tentara Tuhan (army of God). Kita harus bertumbuh untuk mencapai kedewasaan iman sehingga iman dan keadaan rohani kita tidak lagi kanak-kanak, tetapi manusia rohani yang kuat, dewasa, dan sanggup berperang.

Kedewasaan rohani akan membawa dampak. Di gereja, orang-orang yang rohaninya dewasa akan sangat berdampak dalam membangun atmosfir kebangunan rohani, di rumah, di market place, di sekolah…di manapun…the army of God akan selalu dapat membawa kemuliaan Kristus melalui kehadirannya..

Di Gereja, mereka memberikan pengaruhnya, dengan sikap hati/ attitudes sebagai pemenang, tentara Tuhan : tidak terlambat, disiplin, sungguh-sungguh….

Di tempat kerja, mereka membuat diri mereka dikenali sebagai orang Kristen : Berdoa sebelum makan, berjemaat di slah satu gereja….

Khusus di tempat kerja, pekerjaan adalah ladang misi bagi orang kristen untuk menjadi garam dan terang.

 

D. PROJECT BERSAMA

1. Gereja kita membutuhkan attitudes army of God, khususnya dalam kedisiplinan beribadah dan pelayanan. Diskusikan bersama bagaimana oikosmu “menginvasi” keadaan yang “tidak disiplin (terlambat ibadah, terlambat pelayanan, tidak bersemangat…) untuk membawa transformasi bagi Place of Faith. POF needs revival and you are part of the God’s army that will make it happen!(dengan kata lain, oikos yang sering terlambat, berubahlah, perubahan kalian sangat mempengaruhi gereja ini)

2. Di sekolah/tempat kerja, diskusikan tentang apa yang dapat kamu lakukan (selain bersaksi) untuk menjadi terang/ garam dunia?

Adakah rintangan/kesulitan yang kamu hadapi?

Lesson 3: Tali Merah Kirmizi

Intro :

Keselamatan melalui tali merah kirmizi adalah satu fondasi keselamatan yang Tuhan berikan kepada orang Israel/non Israel.  Bahwa Rahab diselamatkan karena adanya perjanjian/covenant.

Sewaktu orang Israel keluar dari tanah Mesir, mereka memiliki satu perjanjian dengan Tuhan mengenai keselamatan, yaitu melalui pengorbanan darah anak domba. Setiap rumah yang diolesi oleh darah anak domba akan selamat dari maut. Janji ini diberikan kepada bangsa Israel, tetapi kalau bangsa asing, meneladaninya, mereka akan diselamatkan juga.  Perjanjian melalui darah anak domba akan mendatangkan keselamatan.

Kali ini Tuhan menjelaskan pernjanjian melalui tali merah kirmizi, ini ditujukan kepada orang asing, non-Israel, yakni Rahab dan keluarganya.  Prinsipnya tetap sama, siapa yang tetap berada dalam rumah Rahab, akan diselamatkan.

Dari sini kita dapat mengambil kesimpulan :

  1. Tuhan ingin menyelamatkan setiap orang, tidak hanya untuk bangsa Israel saja, tetapi siapa saja.
  2. Tuhan yang menyediakan jalan keselamatan, menunjukkan jalannya, bukan kita yang mencari jalan ke Surga dengan cara kita.
  3. Siapa yang mengikuti  jalan yang Tuhan berikan, dialah yang akan diselamatkan.

Allah memberikan jalan keselamatan melalui YESUS KRISTUS (Anak Domba Allah yang tersembelih), hanya melalui DIA lah kita diselamatkan, tidak ada cara lain.

Ilustrasi :

Di Indonesian embassy Singapore ada peraturan, untuk memasuki wilayah KBRI, dilarang memakai celana Bermuda, celana pendek. Bagi pengunjung  wanita yang ingin masuk tetapi mereka memakai celana pendek, KBRI menyediakan pakaian pengganti (rok panjang).

Di Surga ada peraturan, untuk masuk didalamnya, harus KUDUS. Allah menyediakan jalannya untuk kita menjadi kudus, melalui pengorbanan Yesus di kayu salib. Ada orang berusaha menjadi kudus dengan caranya sendiri, memakai ritual, dll, tetapi itu bukan standard Allah.

Joshua 2:12, 17-19

12 “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”

17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them.

Joshua 6: 22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.

  1. Rahab memiliki kerinduan agar dia diselamatkan dari bahaya maut, tidak hanya dia saja tetapi juga seisi rumah tanggannya. Rahab ingin membagikan keselamatan itu kepada orang lain. Bagaimana dengan keluarga anda? Kakak, adik? Apakah sudah diselamatkan? Kalau belum, Apa yang akan anda lakukan ?
  2. Rumah Rahab yang tadinya dipakai berbuat dosa, kini berubah menjadi rumah keselamatan bagi orang yang tinggal dirumahnya. Kalau dahulu kehidupan kita dipakai untuk berbuat semaunya, melakukan dosa, sekarang jadikan kehidupan kita untuk menjadi berkat bagi orang lain. Apa tindakan anda untuk mewujudkannya ? berikan contoh !
  3. Rumah Rahab menjadi rumah keselamatan bagi setiap orang yang datang. Bagaimana dengan Oikos (komsel) anda ? jadikan oikos anda tempat keselamatan bagi orang yang datang, yaitu mereka yang belum menerima Yesus sebagai juruslamat pribadi. Jadikan gereja oikos juga menjadi tempat keselamatan bagi mereka yang tinggal didalamnya. Bagaimana mewujudkan oikos (komsel) anda menjadi rumah keselamatan bagi mereka yang datang ?
  1. October 8, 2013

    Shalom,
    saya senang membaca website oikos ini, saya coba cari gerej oikos di tempat kami (Klaten) belum ketemu bahkan cari di jogja juga belum ada informasi. adakag gereja Oikos di tempat itu??
    Tq. Gbu

  2. January 19, 2014

    Halo Natanael, maaf baru dibalas. Gereja Oikos dikenal juga sebagai Indonesian Family Church, dan belum ada di daerah Jawa Tengah. Di Surabaya kemungkinan masih ada networknya. Jika Anda ingin info lebih lanjut silakan kirimkan email pada kami ya. Semoga situs ini memberkati Anda.

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