If God is Good, How Could He Command Holy War?

2010 Ligonier Conference


Derek Thomas, pastor, author, and Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, tackles the solemn,  difficult question, “If God is good, how could he command holy war?” In this 45-minute session from the 2010 Ligonier Conference, he examines Joshua and the complete destruction of Jericho, urging believers to consider the ethics of Old Testament war and the severity of God’s wrath. 


Which of Derek’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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We cannot afford to give glib answers to such difficult topics. As Derek said, it’s an enormous blessing that today is a day of grace. Though we are not able to understand all of God’s ways, we are able to call upon the name of Jesus and be saved. He has absorbed all of God’s wrath against us. 


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