What Moves the Hand of God?


You may not be aware of this but being a Campus Pastor of Bayside every week all the teaching Pastors come together to discuss the message that is going to be presented not only at the Granite Bay Site, but also all the Campus locations. This week is on an incredible topic from Joshua 10-13, concerning “What moves the Hand of God?”

There are two topics that will be discussed in this message and one of them is how do you approach a difficult verse or passage and come to an interpretation of a particular verse. This discipline is called “Hermeneutics’” which its technical definition is the science and art of Biblical interpretation.[1] It is a science because it is guided by rules within a system; and it is an art because the application of the rules is by skill, and not mechanical imitation. You may be reading this blog post and say to yourself, “This sounds like a skin disorder!” You may not realize this but everybody to an some extent practices some form of Hermeneutics’ whether it is attempting to understand the unique meaning of a book that you are reading this summer or you are attempting to understand a letter that you received from a friend that has some nuances that may be  difficult to understand so rather than misunderstand the letter’s message you attempt to interpret it in the context of your relationship, the writers life situation, and particular history that you know of your friend. In a sense, you are practicing a form of hermeneutic. We will unpack this in the context of a particular verses of Scripture found in Joshua 10:13-14.

This will set the foundation of answering the question: “Why is there this conquest and death in the book of Joshua?” You might be one that is asking, “Dude!” “If God is love what is with all the war?” On the other hand, you could be the person that is shouting, “The book of Joshua is as good as Halo!” We are going to unpack this around the idea that “Idolatry” destroys the belief system and the character of a people for generations. We will discover together “Seven reason’s why God answers Joshua prayer?” If we apply these attitudes and behaviors in our life we will see breakthrough in our lives!

You are not going to want to miss this message!


[1] Bernard Ramm, Protestant Biblical Interpretation. (Michigan: Grand Rapids, Baker, 1970) p 1.

About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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