God Hears His People

Exodus 3-4

Why did God allow Abraham’s family to become slaves?

• God is fulfilling his promise to multiply Abraham’s descendants.

• The Jews were sent to be a witness to the Egyptians.

• Physical slavery made them aware of their spiritual bondage.

I. God uses physical bondage to make us aware of our spiritual enslavement. (3:2-10)

A. Physical suffering is painfully obvious to us.

B. We cannot be physically well unless we are spiritual whole.

II. God is both far and near. (3:11-15)

A. God must reveal himself to us because there is no other way we can know him.

B. God delights for us to really know him as he is, not as we imagine or want him to be.

III. God provides evidence for believers. (4:1-5)

A. Unbelievers will never have enough proof.

B. Believers don’t need proof.

God Overrides Evil with Good

Genesis 41-50

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Why does Joseph test his brothers? What does he want?

I. Joseph’s test exposes his brother’s sin. (42:21-23)

A. Joseph would not be right to overlook what his brothers had done to him.

B. Joseph’s visceral reaction is not unlike God’s.

II. Guilt must be covered. (44:16-34; 49:10)

A. Judah’s plea is an offer of substitutionary atonement.

B. A better forgiveness is yet to come.

III. Forgiveness delivered Jacob’s family from starvation and from strife. (50:15-21; Eph 4:30)

A. Before the cross, grace looks forward.

B. After the cross, grace looks back.

Genesis gives Israel their history and tells them who they/we are. Exodus gives them a constitution to be governed by and a morality we can live by.

Prince of Peace

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Isaiah 9:1-7

What does it mean that Jesus is the “Prince of Peace”?

• What “dark” situation have you walked through? How did God bring “light” in those times of darkness?

• How has Christ brought peace within your life?

• How has your relationship with Christ brought you peace with others?

• Which type of peace Christ provided is most meaningful to you right now? Which do you feel like you need to rest in more?

• Which of the four names describing Jesus is most meaningful to you? Why?

• Jesus’ obedience isn’t just an example for us: it changes us How does this knowledge affect the way you respond to him?

Head: How is the reign of Jesus different from other kings?

Heart: How does God’s justice bring us peace with God?

Hands: What can you do to be a peacemaker?

God Redeems Adversity

Genesis 39 – 41

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God’s Plan and Timing is Better Than Ours.

I. God is with us Always.
A. The Lord was with Joseph
a. God is in control of Joseph’s life.

II. God is with us even when the times are bad.
A. Man allows the evil one a foothold for deceit.

B. God’s plans are not spoiled.
a. He uses adversity and struggle to
i. teach us a lesson.

C. Joseph is rewarded for his faithful service.

III. Look to God to Reveal His Plan.
A. Joseph, Us and Pharaoh, we all have dreams.
a. Look to Him Always
b. Don’t rely on another Sinner.

B. Is God Speaking to Us?
a. Joseph said, “God has Revealed” 41:25

C. We need a Father, We Need His Example

IV. Joseph’s Ears were properly tuned to God’s voice.
a. Psalm 49:4 – “I Will incline my ear to a proverb”

b. Hear Attentively

c. Wisdom

Betrayed

Genesis 37

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I. Sometimes, even Christian families don’t work like they should.

A. Jacob’s favoritism and the brothers’ jealously led to Joseph’s betrayal.

B. God is graciously at work to heal our homes in spite of our failures.

II. Faith sees coincidence as providence.

A. A Series of fortunate Events

B. Joseph going to Egypt is what God intended.

III. The dream gives us hope for our families.

A. Joseph’s dream came from God.

B. We have to take the long view and wait for the dream.

Gospel in the story is: The brother’s malice will become the means of the family’s deliverance, not from starvation, but from strife.

The Joy of the Lord

Genesis 28:20-22; 30:37-43; 32:9-12; 32:22-32

12-02-2018

“God draws straight lines with crooked sticks”  Larry Osborne

I. Jacob uses magic and it works!!.

A. When we take credit for God’s blessings, we steal his glory.

B. When we fail to give God the glory due his name, we forfeit our own joy.

II. Jacob learns how to pray.

A. God answers Jacob’s lame prayer anyway because He is faithful to his promise.

B. Our best praying happens when adversity and trouble drive us to our knees.

C. After all our plans and preparations we still must depend on God.

III. What changes most in this narrative is Jacob himself.

A. We wrestle with God whenever we don’t trust him.

B. We also need a new name.

God’s Gift of Love

11-25-2018Genesis 29

God’s love is enough to fix what’s broken at home.

I. Dysfunction seems to be a way of life in the holy family.

A. Jacob brought a lot of baggage to his marriage.

B. Dysfunction at home might feel normal.

II. God is already at work to fix what’s broken.

A. God’s good gifts bring the problems to the surface.

B. God seeks one person who will live by faith to change the culture of the whole family.

C. God rewards those who trust him.

God’s Mercy to a Deceiver

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Genesis 27-28

 

I. God’s plan continues through a dysfunctional family.  (27:1-10)

 

 

A. I & R’s selfish choices had tragic consequences.

 

 

B. Everything we do teaches our children something.

 

 

 

II. God’s plan continues through a deceitful son. (27:18-29)

 

 

A. In spite of wrong motives, Isaac obeys God’s will.

 

 

B. Blessing the scoundrel defines grace.

 

 

III. God’s plan continues through his mercy and grace. (28:3-4, 10-15)

 

 

A. In the end, Isaac blesses Jacob, knowing he’s Jacob.

 

 

B. And God does the same thing with us.

 

God Renews His Promise to Isaac

Genesis 25, 26

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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

11-4-2018

Genesis 24

Josh Vercruyssen

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

Servants learn to trust God through adversity over time.

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

A. It took Abraham 25 years to fully trust God.

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

C. Rebekah Said, “I will go.”

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

A. Struggle & haggling = Belief & faith.

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

C. Courageous obedience is Faith.