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Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Helper & The Harlot, Part 2: Rahab, The Harlot

Danny Whisner

Director of Young Adults & Assimilation

Long before the Battle of Jericho, God promised Abraham that His people, the Israelites, would one day experience the promised land. And now, after enduring centuries of slavery in Egypt and then wandering with Moses in the desert for almost 40 years, the Israelites finally stood at the edge of the promised land, Canaan. But before they could enter, there was one more giant roadblock… and God chose to use two very different characters with two very different stories to accomplish His plan.

This week, we’ll look at the second character in the story, Rahab. Although her past would make many write her off as unusable, God chose to use her to help save the entire Israelite nation.

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

Joshua 2

Take Away / Application

God uses different people, with different backgrounds, and different personalities to accomplish His plans.

Discussion Questions

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  1. Over the last two weeks, when comparing, Joshua “The Good Guy” and Rahab “The Bad Girl”, what impacted you the most?
  2. Read Matthew 7:3–5. What are some ways we get caught up in pointing out flaws in others? How does this damage our witness for Jesus or stall the potential for us to witness to someone?
  3. “I have given God a million reasons not to love me. None of them changed His mind.” Is there anything you’re holding onto, that God has forgiven, but you have not forgiven yourself?
  4. Read Romans 6:10 and Hebrews 10:11–12 and remember Jesus died once, for all sins. How can you begin to move forward in the power of Christ, putting that past behind you, knowing that Jesus has covered all of your sin and shame?
  5. The Bible tells us that our good works can’t earn salvation (Ephesians 2:8–9). The Bible also tells us that God, not us, does the growing (1 Corinthians 3:6–7). However, many times we look at others, witness to others, don’t witness to others or mentor others with the expectation that they need to clean themselves up, act a certain way, or behave a certain way before moving forward.
    • Have you ever found yourself thinking this way?
    • How does thinking or approach undermine the Gospel and God’s sanctifying work in someone’s life?
  6. God used Joshua and Rahab, two very different people to accomplish His plans.
    • Read 1 Corinthians 1:18–31. Do you believe God, through His Holy Spirit, wants and can use you? Why or why not?
    • Read 1 Corinthians 12:12, 18, and 27. God has a plan and a purpose to use you inside and outside of the church. Is there anything keeping you back from fulfilling your role in the body of Christ? If not already, where and how can you begin to serve as part of the body?

Accountability

  1. What have you learned from your time in the Bible this week? How is it impacting your daily life?
  2. How is your prayer life? Are you spending quality time in prayer with the Lord?

 


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Scripture Reference

Joshua

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