Beginnings – 6: “… I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Theme: Abram/Abraham – Trusting God or Our Own Wisdom
- How do you respond to what Tyler stated: “The blessing of hindsight is that though life is confusing in the moment, it is clarified when we look back?”
- Describe a time when you God challenged your trust for something uncertain.
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Genesis 12:1-5 God’s Call of Abram/Abraham
- What three things did God tell Abram that he was to do (Genesis 12:1)?
- Why did God tell him all that He would do for Abram (Genesis 12:2-3)?
- Why do you suppose Abram took with him all that he did? (Genesis 12:4-5)?
- What was one major takeaway from Tyler’s sermon on God’s call for you?
Read Genesis 12:10-20 Abram’s Slight Detour
- What was true for the land of Canaan at this time in history (Genesis 12:10)?
- What did Abram persuade Sarai to do when they got to Egypt (Genesis 12:11-13)?
- Why do you suppose the Pharaoh was so kind to Abram (Genesis 12:14-16)?
- What did God do in response to Abram’s lack of trust (Genesis 12:17-20)?
Read Hebrews 11:8-12 God’s Call of Abraham
- How does the writer describe Abraham’s obedience (Hebrews 11:8-9)?
- Why is it so important to include these statements about faith (Hebrews 11:10-11)?
- What did God declare was true for Abraham (Hebrews 11:12)?
- How might this principle apply to you, who is one of Abraham’s descendants?
- How are you going to trust God’s call on some aspect of your life this week?
- What might you do to allow faith to become a more significant part of your life this coming year?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, show us how You desire for us to walk in the truth of Your call on our lives and not to lean on our wisdom and understanding as we go forward in life.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
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1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “May God Himself, … sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
Tyler stated: “Sometimes there appears to be an obvious contradiction between what’s plainly evident/reasonable/seen and what God has promised. But when God gives us a promise, we are to live and act in faith in light of that promise; we are made right with God, by faith!”
Read Romans 4:20 – Abraham’s by Faith
What was true about Abraham that made his faith become a reality in his life?
Read Romans 4:21– Abraham’s by Trust
How do you think Abraham became convinced that God’s promises were true?
Read Romans 4:22– Abraham’s by Credit
Why do you think God credited His righteousness to Abraham as He did?
Read Romans 4:23-25– Ours by Extension
What is now true for all those who believe in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf?
Share a story about a faith stretching experience you have had.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us see that we are made righteous not by what we do in our wisdom, but only by what we do in accordance with our faith in Your promises to us.