Possessing The Promise Land
Joshua is the central character in the book of Joshua and became the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses. He was a great warrior and a well-disciplined leader. God warned Joshua, on the threshold of the awesome task of leading the Israelites into the Promise Land, to remain faithful and obedient to God’s Word.
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” Joshua 1:5-6 Nothing can stand in your way when you do God’s will, God’s way, with God’s help.
In September, we are launching our second campus, Cross Pointe Mill Creek. There are three biblical principles that we can learn from Joshua that will give us success as we launch our new church campus.
Spy out the Land. Joshua sent out two men to survey the Promise Land in order to prepare for the journey ahead. We began spying out the land for our Mill Creek campus well over a year ago. We’ve dissected the spiritual and cultural demographics, evaluated multiple potential venues, and saturated each decision in prayer.
Rally the Troops. Before the Israelites crossed the Jordan, they set up camp and Joshua leveraged this time to inspire and prepare for their journey ahead. We read in Joshua 3:5, “and Joshua said to his people, sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Cross Pointe has hosted informational, prayer, and leadership meetings to help encourage and inspire Cross Pointers to help launch our Mill Creek Campus. We’ve hosted a number of community outreach projects and will begin preview services in The Corner Theater on August 3.
Cross the Jordan. The Lord challenged Joshua with the mission of mobilizing the Israelites across the Jordan River to claim the Promise Land. Before sending the people across, The Lord exhorted Joshua three times to have courage. Joshua knew that courage was a prerequisite to follow God.
What would Joshua say to us today about launching Cross Pointe Mill Creek? Joshua would tell us to be brave and trust God, even when we don’t know what tomorrow holds. Trusting God means looking beyond what we see can physically see. Joshua obeyed, left the consequences to God, and the rest is history. Now we have an incredible opportunity to be a part of history in the making with our Mill Creek campus.
If you haven’t already, pray for our new campus at Mill Creek launching September 14. Think about how you can “cross the Jordan” with us and be a part of this tremendous undertaking as we seek to reach even more people for Jesus Christ in Gwinnett and surrounding areas.
—Chad Logan, Mill Creek Campus Pastor