by Dan Lentz
1. This opening activity is called “two truths and a stretch.” Tell three things about yourself, things most people wouldn’t know—two of them true and one of them something you hope to be true someday. Try to think creatively and tell all three as if they were all true of you. Don’t make it obvious which ones are true and which one is the stretch. As you take turns, have the rest of the group try to guess which one is the stretch.
Read Joshua 6:2-4, 12-20.
2. Prior to the march around Jericho, the blowing of the trumpets, and the collapse of the walls, the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands.” From the Lord’s perspective, it was as if the battle were over before it had begun. When you face battles, by faith do you see the victory already being won? Why, or why not?
3. Is it easier for you to “give a shout” of joy in anticipation of victory, or do you need to see proof of victory before you shout your praise? How can we develop the Lord’s perspective and shout our praise before and after the battle?
4. What praiseworthy things have you been shouting about lately?
5. For prayer and praise time, give a “shout out” to the Lord. Take turns offering short sentence praises. Go around the group multiple times if you can. Have someone finish your shout out time with a closing prayer of praise.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.