Sometimes the Best Laid Plans

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans

SERMON DATE:  August 9, 2015

TEXT: Joshua 6:17-19; Joshua 7:1-26; Ecclesiastes 3:12-13



  1. Summarize what you have learned so far in the book of Joshua. What has surprised you the most about Israel? About God?
  2. Read Joshua 7:1-26. Why did God take the “devoted” things so seriously?
    • Would you consider part of your income “devoted” to God or is that just a story from the Old Testament?
  3. Did you feel the punishment fit the crime for Achan? Why or why not?
    • Discuss why God was holding all of Israel responsible for Achan’s sin.
  4. Discuss the way justice was black and white in the Old Testament versus gray in our world today. Which world would you rather live in?
  5. Why did Achan take the gold? Why did he hide it?
    • Why do we hide sin from God?
  6. Discuss the statement: “Hidden sin never stays hidden.” Is that a blessing or a curse?
  7. Can you think of a time in your life that something glittered and turned out to be fool’s gold?
  8. Read Ecclesiastes 3:12-13. According to Solomon, what is the best way to live our lives?


Daily Bible Readings for the week of 8/9/2015:

Day 1: Psalm 139:1-18

Day 2: Joshua 15:1-12

Day 3: Joshua 15:13-63

Day 4: Joshua 16:1-10

Day 5: Joshua 17:1-18

Day 6: Joshua 18:1-28

Day 7: Ecclesiastes 3:1-17