Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
January 14, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Choose Your God

Choose Your God
“…Choose ye this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” ( Jo 24:15)
This New Year of 2018 has been filled with major
historic events that included festivities associated with
the arrival of the New Year, the array of football games,
and, now, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National holiday
observation tomorrow, a time of various activities.
In the meantime, the Judeo Christian community has
continued its religiousity. Accordingly, Institutional First
Baptist membership is observing its 2nd Sunday in January
The sermon for this occasion has been entitled,
Choose Your God. As noted in the earlier read Scripture,
the textual anchor is found in Joshua 24:15.
Therein, Joshua is challenging the Israelites to make a

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chose between gods and the Lord. From this
perspective, the following dimensions of this
sermon will be addressed, namely: The inevitability of
choice, Joshua’s directive, and our response to the
As background on the subject, attention brief
attention will be focused on the word choice. It denotes
the act of making a decision from options; this process
can be dichotomus, such as yes or no; it may include
a range of responses, or it might be a decision imposed
by force. Irrespective of its definitions, the need for
making a choice is historic and yet ongoing.
This ever present fact leads to the earlier specified
dimensions of the sermon, the first of which is – the
inevitability of choice. The history of humanity has and
yet continues to include the need for choices throughout

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life. In the account of creation, according to the Bible
Adam and Eve had the ability to choose between
obeying or neglecting the divine order to avoid eating from
the tree in the garden ( Gen 3″3-4 ). They chose to disobey
and were expelled from the Garden. That episode is known
as the origin of sin, Original Sin. It was an act of human
choosing, but it carried responsibilities. Humanity, in this
regard must prayerfully consider the outcomes from making
decisions. In the meantime, it must be remembered when
one states “I will make no choice”, that individual has
already made a choice to remain non committal on the
This ever present fact leads to the second aspect of the
sermon which is – Joshua’s directive to choose the gods
you will serve. Joshua was nearing the end of a lengthy

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sojourn life that started in Egyptian bondage, include
the wilderness journey of 40 years, the crossing of two
both The Red Sea and the River of Jordan, the escape from
Canaan, the battle of Jericho, and many other experiences
in the Promised Land. In this Scriptural setting Joshua
seemed troubled by the increasing apostasy of the
Israelites and their lack of interest in the role of God
in their lives. Sensing this shift toward the Canaan’s
god, Joshua confronted and challenged the Israelites
to fear the Lord, serve the Lord, put away the gods of the
Amorites and return to the Lord their God. While desiring
this shift in choice, Joshua nonetheless allow this people
to make their choice. In so doing, however, Joshua
informed them of his choice; thus, he said “Choose you
this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my

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house we will serve the Lord.
Beloved, that pronouncement by Joshua leads to the
final point of the sermon which is – What will be our
response to Joshua’s position was we consecrate our
selves for 2018 and beyond? Remember consecrate
denotes the act of making an offering to God. In meditating
on our choice, let us heed the people’s utterance following
Joshua’s affirmation “ A nd the people answered and
said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord to serve
other gods”( Joshua 24:16 ). I submit that our collective
response of consecration should be “ Take my life and let
it be consecrated Lord to Thee. Take my hands and let
them at the impulse of thy love…Finally, let us forever
heed the incontrovertible fact stated in a poem entitled,


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The Winds of FateOne ship drives east and another drives westWith the selfsame winds that blow.Tis the set of the sailsAnd not the galesWhich tells us the way to go.Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,As we voyage along through the life:Tis the set of a soulThat decides its goal,And not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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