Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

The Victorious Christian Life


Download a PDF version of this letter.

April 2012

Dear Church Family,

When the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they shouted a song of Moses, a song of thanksgiving. Slavery was behind them. Taskmasters were behind them. All the cruelty of Egypt – the house of bondage – was behind them. They shouted for joy.

But in a few short weeks they were weeping, complaining against Moses and complaining against God who had delivered them. So the Lord caused them to wander aimlessly in the desert.

During those long wilderness years there was something missing for the Children of Israel. They were freed from Egypt, but they hadn’t entered into God’s rest, the place where God intended them to be. The Old Testament book of Joshua takes up the narrative right here with the people who crossed over the Jordan and on to victory.

Illustrated in Joshua are the principles of spiritual rest and spiritual victory that produces true rest in the Christian life. As Christians we have been freed from sin and the bondage of this world (Egypt) but are we wandering in a spiritual wilderness or have we crossed over the Jordan to a place of spiritual rest where God wants us to be?

In our next sermon series entitled, ‘The Victorious Christian Life’, we will take a look at this book of Joshua.

Now you might be asking, ‘why plunge into a study of this book that documents a very different point in history and a very foreign culture’?

To me, the book of Joshua is the guidebook to spiritual victory. With the Holy Spirit’s help we will approach it as a picture, an illustration, of our walk with Jesus Christ into His rest.

Contained in the pages of this dynamic Old Testament book are truths with explosive implications for New Testament believers.

God never intended His people to live in spiritual defeat. So let’s not walk around in circles in the wilderness. Rather let’s cross over with Joshua into all God longs for us to be. Step by step, let’s take possession of everything our heavenly Father intends for us to live out and enjoy.

In Joshua we see a picture of the Spirit-filled life and we will come to know in a deeper and more intimate way these words of Jesus,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. (Matthew 11:28–29)

With love in Jesus’ name,

Barry Robinson

Back to top

“The Victorious Christian Life”

Sermons focussing on the book of Joshua

Christ centred, Bible based, Holy Spirit enabled teaching, to the glory of God the Father.

When the sermon is online the title will become a link to the audio.

  1. Take Possession of the Promised Land (Joshua 1)
    Saturday 21st April 2012
  2. Saving Faith Demonstrated in an Unlikely Follower (Joshua 2)
    Saturday 28th April 2012
  3. Crossing The Jordan (Joshua 3)
    Saturday 5th May 2012
  4. What Do These Stones Mean? (Joshua 4)
    Saturday 12th May 2012
  5. Joshua did not fight the Battle of Jericho (Joshua 5-6)
    Saturday 2nd June 2012
  6. The Peril of Secret Sin (Joshua 7)
    Saturday 9th June 2012
  7. Turn Defeat Into Victory (Joshua 8)
    Saturday 30th June 2012
  8. The Dangers Of Deception (Joshua 9)
    Saturday 14th July 2012
  9. Victory In Our Spiritual Battles (Joshua 10)
    Saturday 21st July 2012
  10. Darkness Before the Dawn (Joshua 11)
    Saturday 4th August 2012
  11. Be Credible (Joshua 13)
    Saturday 11th August 2012
  12. A Dog’s Life (Joshua 14–15)
    Saturday 1st September 2012
  13. Complaining & Procrastination Or Faith & Courage (Joshua 16–19)
    Saturday 8th September 2012
  14. Our Refuge (Joshua 20)
    Saturday 29th September 2012
  15. Worship, Nurture, Witness (Joshua 21)
    Saturday 6th October 2012
  16. Having crossed the river don’t go back (Joshua 22)
    Saturday 13th October 2012
  17. Joshua’s farewell advice (Joshua 23)
    Saturday 20th October 2012
  18. The choice is yours (Joshua 24)
    Saturday 27th October 2012
  19. On To Victory (Series Summary) (Joshua 24)
    Saturday 3rd November 2012

Back to top