Genesis 23; Hebrews 11:13-16, 39-40 Key verse: Hebrews 11:13 Big idea: In faith Abraham buys a tomb so they can be buried in the land that God promised will one day be theirs. As we wait for Jesus’ return, it can seem like a long time coming, but remember we experience now (in a spiritual […]
Genesis 20:1-8; Genesis 20:9-18 Key verse: 2 Tim. 2:13 Big idea: Just when Abraham’s faith had been looking really good (confirming covenant, praying for Sodom), he suddenly gives into fear and puts his blessing at risk. Our actions often have consequences, but God’s plans will succeed no matter what.
Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 19 Key verse: Luke 17:32 Big idea: Lot has become part of a wicked city. He longs for them to know God, but rather than influencing them, they influence him and his family. He’s spared because of his faith in connection to Abraham, but his fraternising with Sodom leads to disaster. Where […]
Genesis 18:1-15; Hebrews 11:8-12 Key Verse – Genesis 18:14 Big idea: Sometimes we wonder if God really has washed away our sin, if God really has raised Jesus from the dead, and if God really will send him back again. We don’t follow a small God. Nothing is too difficult for him. He will do it.
Genesis 17; Romans 4:1-12 Key verse: Genesis 17:7 Big idea: Abraham circumcises his family, as an expression of his faith (Gen. 15:6). Circumcision is a reminder of God’s promise, not a meritorious act … but we often treat it like it is.
Genesis 16; Luke 1:26-38 Key Verse – Genesis 16:2 Big idea: Sarai believed God’s promise of blessing, but thought she should try and bring it about herself (we’ve been there before!). The result was devastating. Sometimes we try to realise God’s kingdom through our own efforts, but like Sarai, the results can be devastating.
Genesis 15; Romans 4:16-25 Key Verse – Genesis 15:6 Big Idea: Abraham believed God would fulfil his promises, not by his own works but by faith. This is the foundation of the Bible’s whole message.
Genesis 13; Genesis 14 Key verse: Genesis 13:714b-15 Big question: Our eyes can be deceiving. Lot takes what looks good. Abram trusts God, and God blesses Abram through the mediator Melchizedek. With God’s blessing, he can resist the fleeting offer of human wealth. What about you?
Genesis 11:27-12:9; Genesis 12:10-20 Key Verse – Genesis 12:7a Big question: We have great promises in Jesus, but when the hurdles of life come we’re tempted to try and realise them on our own. God’s gracious when we blunder. Is he being gracious to you tonight in calling you away from your own efforts and […]