Steve Leston is the Teaching Pastor at Kishwaukee Bible Church in Sycamore, IL, a Board Member for To Every Tribe, and is To Every Tribe’s Field Director of First Nations Canada. Steve joined us recently for a class on Successful Team Building, which is very important for our Missionary Trainees as they prepare to be sent out as teams to plant churches among the unreached.
Often, when things seem to be going well, we become confident in our own strength and forget our need of daily inquiry into the Word of God. This is what seems to have happened with Joshua after the great victory at Jericho in Joshua 7:6-13. Ai, the next city, seemed a small conquest, so Joshua planned the attack using the spies’ recommendations, but without seeking the counsel of God. The battle went horribly wrong, and Joshua jumped to some horrible conclusions. Let’s look at them: Joshua says “Oh Lord… why did YOU bring us across …to deliver us…to destroy us?” Joshua questions God! Then he says “We would have been content….on the other side of Jordan!” He looks to the past for contentment. Joshua thinks he must account for God’s “mistake” and cries “What shall I say…!” Next he jumps to conclusions about the future and assumes the Canaanites will hear and “…cut off our name from the earth!” To climax his concern he worries about God and asks, “and what will YOU do to YOUR great name?”
David Morris is an itinerate minister based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined us recently at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting to teach a class on Christ in the Old Testament, something that is extremely important for Missionary Trainees as they prepare to go into contexts with little or no previous interaction with the story of the Bible.