Online service, 18th October
Welcome to our CP10 service online
Good morning and welcome to Croydon Park Online, we’re so glad that you can join us for church. At these unusual times we must not forget to meet together, encourage each other, and remember that the true peace in our hearts comes from Jesus Christ as ruler of our hearts and minds.
So if you’d like to join us in real-time, please subscribe to get yourself onto our mailing list, where you’ll receive the weekly Zoom login details. We look forward to welcoming you, if not in person, then at least in real-time.
Songs of worship
Let’s begin our time of worship declaring our unity as a church! Covid has separated, but as we meet each other on these screens or in each other’s homes, we are reminded that despite any disturbances, God remains constant and as our source of unity.
Today in Joshua, we will look at how faithful God is to his people, despite us often lacking faith. God faithfully provides, even when we disobey his orders or try and play God ourselves.
Operation Christmas Child
This year, our OCC gifts will be prepared in home groups – a great project to do outside the virtual world. If you’re not in a home group and would like to take part, please see Ruth or Parisa.
CP Building Project
Please remember to prayerfully consider & plan our contribution ahead of the special bi-monthly CDP offering next Sunday. Let’s have a quick look at the progress so far!
We encourage you to download the bulletin in your service email for other announcements and to continuously pray for various ministries of the church.
As followers of Jesus, we have the amazing privilege to be able to talk directly to our Heavenly Father anytime, all the time. And as a church, we pray together as one body united in Christ to praise God for His unchanging character, thank Him for His gifts & provision, ask His forgiveness for our failings in loving Him & our neighbours and support one another as we run the race home. Let us continue praying together!
Specifically this week:
- Ask God to give our church leadership wisdom in planning the transition to some form of face-to-face services soon.
- Pray for Jacqui Ng, in Singapore, serving third culture kids around the region.
- Praise God for a supportive church.
- Ask God to help Jacqui adjust into life in Singapore, especially during restrictions brought by the pandemic.
- Pray for her preparation to run sessions at the virtual Missionary Orientation Course next week involving participants across multiple time zones. Pray that the course may be effective in preparing new missionaries entering the fields.
Financial giving towards gospel work is a way we Christians worship God in response to His generosity to us. This act of worship reminds us of our dependence on Him to supply all our needs, including paying for the church development project.
Account number 482436244
Our Bible text today is Joshua 11 where we read how nations joined forces to stop Israel from taking possession of the land God had promised as their inheritance. A fearsome army with numerous troops, horses and chariots, indeed! Yet, it was totally destroyed when God handed them over to Israel as He promised.
11 When Jabin king of Hazor heard of this, he sent word to Jobab king of Madon, to the kings of Shimron and Akshaph, 2 and to the northern kings who were in the mountains, in the Arabah south of Kinnereth, in the western foothills and in Naphoth Dor on the west; 3 to the Canaanites in the east and west; to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites and Jebusites in the hill country; and to the Hivites below Hermon in the region of Mizpah. 4 They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. 5 All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel.
6 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”
7 So Joshua and his whole army came against them suddenly at the Waters of Merom and attacked them, 8 and the Lord gave them into the hand of Israel. They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left. 9 Joshua did to them as the Lord had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.
10 At that time Joshua turned back and captured Hazor and put its king to the sword. (Hazor had been the head of all these kingdoms.) 11 Everyone in it they put to the sword. They totally destroyed[a] them, not sparing anyone that breathed, and he burned Hazor itself.
12 Joshua took all these royal cities and their kings and put them to the sword. He totally destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded. 13 Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned. 14 The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed. 15 As the Lord commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.
16 So Joshua took this entire land: the hill country, all the Negev, the whole region of Goshen, the western foothills, the Arabah and the mountains of Israel with their foothills, 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, to Baal Gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He captured all their kings and put them to death. 18 Joshua waged war against all these kings for a long time. 19 Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle. 20 For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
21 At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. 22 No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive.
23 So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
Today we continue our series in Joshua about God’s fulfilled promises to his people. Pastor Chadd will be speaking to us about the Bible’s teaching about war and judgment. Following the song of response we’ll have some Q&A time on these topics.
Song of Response
As we reflect on God’s enduring faithfulness and superiority over all other nations, let’s sing this song of response.