Click on Link to hear audio: 12-9-18
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.
Genesis 28:20-22; 30:37-43; 32:9-12; 32:22-32
“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 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.
Click on Link to hear audio: 11-18-2018
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.
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 & 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.
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
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
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
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?