A CALL AND SOME PROMISES

Turning Point: Gen. 11:26 -12:5

Introduction

The story of Abraham is the turning point in the Bible:

Gen. 1-11: a universal curse. Gen. 12-Rev.: God’s new attempt to fix it.

 

Genesis 1-11: Futility and Hope

Futility: disobedience, disorder, destruction, death

Hope: limits sin, remnant, promised son

  • 11:10, “… account of Shem.”
  • 11: 27, “… account of Terah”

 

God’s Covenant with Abram 12:1-4

a. God’s Promises to Abram

  “go to the land I will show you” (v 1).

“I will make you into a great nation” (v 2a).

“I will make your name great” (v 2c).

“I will bless you…and you will be a blessing” (v 2b).

 

b. What Do These Promises Mean to Us Today?

The promise of land is the promise of a home in heaven.

The promise of a great nation is fulfilled in being the Church.

The promise of a great name is to make our life significant.

The promise of being blessed to be a blessing is fulfilled in the Great Commission.

 

c. The Call for Abraham to Leave Haran (v 5)

Gen. 12: 1, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”

 

Abram had to sacrifice to follow God’s call.

But it was also a gamble of faith.

 

d. Does God Call Us to Leave Our Haran?

God’s offer of salvation calls us to leave our world, and journey with Him.

 

In baptism, we said we will leave the world, resist Satan, believe in God and follow Him.

 

——————————–questions for sermon discussion——————————–

  1. No matter how futile a situation, there is always hope with God. What is this new hope with God’s covenant with Abram?
  2. In your own words, what do God’s promises to Abram mean to us today? How do these promises make a difference in our lives?
  3. What does it mean for us to leave our Haran? Has it been costly for you? Like Abraham, are you on a journey with God? Describe this journey for you so far.
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