The Joshua Challenge is a new group for fathers to meet for encouragement once a term. The Joshua Challenge will meet to do four things:
1. remind ourselves about what God says about being a Christian husband and father
2. offer practical tips and resources to help us do what God calls us to do
3. pray for our families and for the School’s partnership with us
4. encourage each other to be “strong and courageous”, to stay close to God’s word, and to trust God’s promises
The Joshua Challenge is for any bloke that wants to come along—fathers and prospective fathers.
It’s an initiative of a couple of current School Board members: Rod Post and Ian Carmichael.
First meeting: Monday 25 October
Place: Staff Room.
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More about the Joshua Challenge…
Joshua had a God-given job to do: he was to lead God’s people into the promised land—into God’s ‘rest’. And in commissioning Joshua for the job, God tells him three times to be “strong and courageous”, he tells him to stay closely connected to his word, and he tells him that he will be with Joshua wherever he goes (Joshua 1:1-9).
Joshua’s story—and even his name—points us towards another leader who leads us towards an even better heavenly rest: the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 4:8-9).
The Joshua Challenge is a new group for Christian men who are seeking both to enter that heavenly rest personally and to faithfully lead their family members into that rest too. In other words, it’s a group for Christian dads (particularly those connected to the Covenant Christian School community).
We’ll meet once a term at the School (early in each term), and the general shape of each night will be something like this…
7.45-8.00pm Tea, coffee and catch up
8.00-8.15pm “Remind me what the Bible says…”
8.15-8.35pm “Give me some ideas on how to do it…”
8.35-9.00pm Guided prayer time
9.00-9.30pm Hang time for those who can stay (chat, ask questions, pray, throw a basketball, whatever)
The Joshua Challenge won’t be an alternative to being involved in a small group at your church or to meeting regularly in a men’s group. We only plan to meet four times a year, so we can’t hope to develop close relationships, sharing and accountability in that context. (Having said that, any blokes who are struggling and can’t access help at their churches can come along and will be able to find help.)