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God Renews His Promise to Isaac

Genesis 25, 26

Click on Link to hear audio:  11-11-2018

I. Human failure does not thwart God’s grace.

A. God introduces conflict into the plot of his redemption story to stimulate believing.

B. God chooses to bless unlikely people to display his grace.

II. It’s easier to live in the present but faith journeys into the future.

A. Isaac obeyed the clear voice of God by staying in Gerar.

B. Isaac stumbled with his dad’s lie. We must be chosen by grace.

C. When they plug your wells, what you gonna do? What will the Girl Scouts do?

D. Unintentionally, Isaac blessed his neighbors by digging their wells.

God Provides for His Promise, Isaac & Rebecah


Genesis 24

Josh Vercruyssen

“God Provides for His Promise” Isaac & Rebekah Genesis 24

Servants learn to ________ God through _______ over time.

I. Journey: We don’t naturally trust God, we must make a journey of our own.

A. It took Abraham ______ years to fully trust God.

B. The servant went on a _________ and ________ journey during his trip to Mesopotamia to find Rebekah.

C. Rebekah Said, “_______________.”

II. Faith: Our journey just like Abraham, _______ us.

A. Struggle & __________ = Belief & _________.

B. Our journey has to start ___________, no matter how low or high that is.

C. Courageous ___________ is Faith.

God Foreshadows His Promise

Genesis 22:1-14; Hebrews 11:17-19

Click on Link to hear audio:  10.28.2018

I. God’s Covenant comes at a cost. (22:1-6)

A. God would be unjust and unmerciful to overlook human rebellion.

B. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.

II. God provides a substitute sacrifice to pay the cost. (22:7-14)

A. The OT saints would have thought of Passover and the redemption of the firstborn.

B. Because Abraham offered his son, God offered his own Son.

III. God calls His people to trust in His provision. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

A. Most people today would think Abraham crazy.

B. It was necessary for Abraham’s faith and ours to be tested.

The Gospel Project Unit 2, Session 2 this week in your DDG

God Makes a Promise

Genesis 12:1-5; 15:1-6; 17:1-14

I. Promise: God established a covenant people as a vehicle to bless the entire world.

A. The Promise comes 500 years before the Law.

B. The Promise included blessing, descendants, and land.

C. The Promise does not exclude others.

II. Pilgrimage: Abraham’s spiritual journey is a lot like ours.

A. Abraham received grace many times.

B. God spoke to Abraham occasionally but was often silent.

C. Our pilgrimage has direction only if we are believing the Promise.

The Gospel Project Unit 2, Session 1 this week in your DDG

God on Trial

Book of Job

Click on link to hear audio:  10-14-18

I. The righteous suffer for the glory of God. (1:6-12; 20-22)

A. Job didn’t know that his test was intended for glory.

B. Job worshipped, what a strange reaction!

II. God feels distant when we suffer. (9:14-16;32-35)

A. Job wanted an advocate to represent him before God.

B. We enjoy a better mediator.

III. God comes near in our suffering. (42:1-6)

A. For Job, the difference was hearing about God and seeing Him for himself.

B. A greater vision of God gave Job a better self-awareness.

The Gospel Project Unit 1, Session 6 this week in your DDG

Le péché et l’autorité de Dieu

10-7-2018  Genesis 11

Why so many languages?

The Gospel: God’s Good Plan for Me

Five Themes of the Gospel:

God Rules: What good things does God do for people in this story?

We Sinned: What bad thing(s) did people do in this story?

God Provided: Did God give them what they deserved or did he help the people who did wrong things?

Jesus Gives: What does God do to begin to make things better in this story?

We Respond: Do any of the people in this story trust God and do the right thing?

Sin and God’s Good News

Genesis 3 & 4

Click here to hear audio:  09-23-18

Are people good or are they bad?

I. Our Choices are Sacramental.

A. A&E were changed forever when they tasted rebellion.

B. When we eat the body and blood of Christ we taste reconciliation.

II. God sets boundaries and allows consequences.

A. The curse was a blessing.

B. The first promise of a Savior.

III. Sin is now crouching.

A. The story doesn’t tell us why God did not accept Cain’s gift.

B. We can master sin by making better offerings.

People are made in God’s __________ but they are in a state of ____________
against our Maker.

What does it mean to be human?

Genesis 1:26 – 2:25

Click on link to hear audio:  09-16-2018

There are two different creations stories in Genesis.

The essence of what it means to be human
is that we are made in God’s image.

I. People have creative ability to manage what God has made.

A. Some things we enjoy making:

B. Things we make can easily become idols.

II. People know right from wrong.

A. Adam & Eve had a singular choice.

B. Choices we make can be sacramental.

III. People exist in relationship.

A. We were made to know God.

B. We need a suitable helper.

The devaluation of human life in our society today is directly related to the secular humanistic view of humanity that refuses to see man as God’s greatest creation.

God’s Good World

Genesis 1:1-13

click on link to hear audio:  9-2-2018

The universe came into existence at the command of a wise, powerful and good Creator at a specific time identified as “the beginning”.

Every civilization has a creation story, a theory of origins, a story about how the universe began that reflects the values of their culture.

Evolution is the modern secular humanism creation story.

Instead of asking whether the Bible is scientific Christians might ask whether Evolution is Biblical.

Secular Evolution and Biblical Creation have irreconcilable differences:

• Man is a special creation in God’s image, distinct from animals.
• The original creation was good.
• “Kinds” were created distinct from one another.
• The universe was created out of nothing.

If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not create the universe then the rest of the Bible is without theological foundation. The other Biblical writers understood this.

Psalm 19: Creation reveals God’s glory.

John 1: The Gospel story begins with creation.

Colossians 1: Jesus is preeminent over creation and the church.

Hebrews 11: By faith we understand.