This is going to be one of my favorite weeks at Avalon Beach Church! Our theme this season is: “A Summer of 3:16.” We are looking at passages in the Bible that are found in a 3rd chapter, the 16th verse. And this week we will look at Joshua 3:16:
“…the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.”
This chapter is about transition; it’s about faith, no risk; it’s about moving from wandering in wilderness to the pathway to promise. It’s a chapter that we need today so that we can “cross over” into covenant, consecration, courage and conquest. I’ll close this week with one question: Are you willing to take the NEXT STEP?
One of my heroes is a man named John Wimber. He had this to say about the NEXT STEP, and it has changed by life.
The economy of the kingdom of God is quite simple. Every new step in the kingdom costs us everything we have gained to date. Every time we cross a new threshold, it costs us everything we now have. Every new step may cost us all the reputation and security we have accumulated up to that point. It costs us our life. A disciple is always ready to take the next step. If there is anything that characterizes Christian maturity, it is the willingness to become a beginner again for Jesus Christ. It is the willingness to put our hand in his hand and say, “I’m scared to death, but I’ll go with you. You’re the Pearl of great price.”
Join us Sunday morning at 9am on the 30th street beach in Avalon. Bring your beach chair, some Wawa coffee and a carload of family and friends. Let’s take the NEXT STEP!