Today's Message


Creating a Legacy of Responsibility

Joshua 1:1-9

Airs: July 25 - July 29

Influential 18th-century American preacher Jonathan Edwards experienced frustration early in his ministry. His struggles could have given him an excuse to hang up his wig and retire his frock. Yet because of a strong sense of responsibility to his mission, he sparked the Great Awakening that eventually spread throughout the 13 colonies, across denominational lines, and even into the wild frontiers of America. His commitment was expressed in seventy resolutions he had composed before the age of 20. These straight-forward resolutions guided his steps toward fulfilling his personal mission of glorifying God through His preaching ministry. Yet Edwards was also a realist. He knew obstacles were inevitable, so many of his resolutions were written to address this challenge. No matter the difficulties that came before him, he resolved to continue upon the path laid out for him by God. That’s responsibility, which is our topic for this message.

July 28, 2014
Creating a Legacy of Responsibility
Creating a Legacy


  • July 30 - August 1 Creating a Legacy of Moral Purity

    There was none more mighty than David. As a lad he had faithfully protected his family’s sheep from both the lion and the bear, then astounded the nation of Israel when he felled the giant Goliath. He proved himself a valiant warrior, and with David as command-in-chief there was no army more feared that Israel’s. He was a national symbol for truth, righteousness, justice, and compassion. He was a musician, songwriter, and visionary. That was the mighty David, the anointed one, a man after God’s own heart.

  • August 4 - August 6 Creating a Legacy of Mentoring

    As in any relay, the moment of passing the baton is the most critical. If you let go too soon or too late the baton will fall. This is also true in life. Frequently we’re good learners, but terrible teachers. When it comes to passing on what we have lived and learned, we sometimes drop the baton ourselves—or worse yet, we never even attempt to hand it off. This final lesson on creating a legacy focuses on this critical element of mentoring—passing our legacy to those who will come after us.

  • August 7 - August 11 A Patriarch in Panorama

    Though born in a culture that had long ago replaced the worship of the God of the flood and the ark with the gods of the rivers and stars and wood, the man first known as Abram came to know the one, true God so intimately that he was called God’s “friend” (James 2:23). However, as great as this patriarch grew to become, the chronicle of his life reveals even greater things about his God. Abraham’s life was marked by detours and distractions, challenges and victories, frailty and faithfulness.

  • August 12 - August 14 Going...Not Knowing

    Moving isn’t easy…especially when we’ve lived in the same place for a long time. Besides all the packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking, we face the difficulty of saying goodbye to those we love, leaving the familiar, and adjusting to the unfamiliar. But what about moving, not just to the unfamiliar, but to the unknown? For most, that would be downright terrifying. Yet this is exactly what God called Abram to do. How could he do it? Why would he want to?

    The answer is found in one word: obedience.

  • August 15 - August 19 Never-to-Be-Forgotten Promises

    Unlike most individuals, governments, and institutions in the world, God keeps His word. He doesn’t forget His promises. He doesn’t back out of agreements. He doesn’t break contracts. He doesn’t renege on covenants. Though He may not fulfil His promises according to our human timetables, we can always count on this: God’s character is marked by veracity and integrity. When God promised to accomplish specific things for certain individuals and people groups in biblical times, those promises were inviolable.