A Journey of Faith (Part 15) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 25:7,8) “Turning Your Faith Toward Home”
Introduction: Our text this morning records the end of a great life! In the end, Abraham’s life is concluded by the words “…he died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.” As we conclude our series today, “A journey of Faith” The study of the life of Abraham. I want us to consider that in life, when someone dies, three things usually come up at some point during a discussion of their life. Those three are – their years, their yearnings and their eulogy. As we review Abraham’s years, yearnings and eulogy, we’ll see there are certain characteristics that were present in his life as he turned his faith toward home, that need to be found in ours as well, when we too leave this world.
Conclusion: Like those missionaries in Zaire, our lives tell people what we really believe. And as they watch us live and die, may we leave a lasting legacy for others to follow like Abraham did; a life of well recorded years of faithful obedience in following the Lord. And a life full of favor that leaves no one guessing – Our bodies may be in the grave, but we have moved on to glory!
A Journey of Faith (Part 14) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 24) “By Faith find the Bride”
Introduction: We come today to the longest chapter in the book of Genesis. And, it may surprise you know, the longest chapter in Genesis is a love story! 67 verses of how Isaac got his wife. But, this chapter is far more than just a story about a bride being selected and delivered to a bridegroom. This story gives us a picture of how our heavenly Father, is getting His bride (you and I) ready for the bridegroom (Jesus). (Mt.22:1-14) The church is compared to a bride in scripture (2 Cor. 11:2-3; Eph. 5:22-33) and during this present time, the Holy Spirit is calling us to trust in Christ and be committed in our relationship to Him (Rom.7:4). We see the same things present in the story of Isaac and Rebekah that are involved in the marriage of Christ and His church. There are four of them.
Conclusion: The longest chapter in Genesis is not just an ancient love story – it can be your story if you are willing to come. The church is referred to as the bride of Christ –if it all depended on you, what would His bride look like?
A Journey of Faith (Part 13) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 23) “Turning Your Faith toward Reality”
Introduction: In our text today, we find Abraham facing an emotional crisis. The love of his life and bride of many years has died. Abraham amazes us with the great courage, character and conduct he displays in the midst of this crisis. Abraham’s example teaches us how to deal with Life’s hardships through faith. By turning their faith toward reality!
Conclusion: There are times when we all look at an impossible situation and wonder how much more we can take and how can I go on?
Let me assure you today, that God’s grace is sufficient for you in everything you will face in this life, (2 Cor. 12:9). So, turn your faith toward reality and sing with all your heart – “It is well with my soul!”
A Journey of Faith (Part 12) A Study of the Listening Guide A Journey of Faith Part 13Life of Abraham (Gen 22) “The Best Remedy for Relieving Faith Pressure”
Introduction: Our Spiritual growth depends on how we handle the tests and trials that come our way in life. Both, the tests and trials that come into our lives can put great pressure on our faith.
- Trials in our lives purify and strengthen us in our faith and Christian life.
- Temptations come to entice, corrupt, and weaken us.
As believers, we’re going to face both temptations and trials of different kinds and sizes and on various occasions in our lives. Abraham has been walking with God around 40 years now through all sorts of trouble and difficulties. But, in our text today, we see Abraham face one of the greatest tests of his life. Through this test, Abraham shows us, the remedy for faith pressure is in our understanding of the importance of faith, and obedience to God and His word. But also, as Abraham faces the greatest trial of his life, he shows us “Understanding is more than knowing what to do; it’s doing what you know.”
A Journey of Faith (Part 11) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 21) “How to Laugh with Your Faith”
Introduction: Those who live life trusting God to be in control of all things, all the time, learn to laugh with their faith. In our text today, we see from Abraham’s example there will be times we will leap with laughter, and times our laughter will be limited. Ultimately, Abraham shows us how we can build a life time of laughter and laugh with our faith.
Conclusion: Here’s a winning formula to learning how you too can have a lifetime of laughter with your faith: If you want to be distressed – look within, If you want to be defeated – look back, If you want to be distracted – look around, If you want to be dismayed – look ahead, If you want to live a life of laughter with your faith – look up! (Formula, adopted and edited from Dr. John Maxwell’s book winning attitude)
Those who live life trusting God to be in control of all things, all the time, learn to laugh with their faith.
A Journey of Faith (Part 10) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 20) “Showing Your Faith in the Streets”
Introduction: We have to be so conscious of how we are living our lives both for the Lord and before others from situation to situation! In our text today we see how sin in our lives can not only lead to our own spiritual failures; but it can also have a great impact on the world around us. The world is always watching us to see what we really believe about God. Our text today reveals the failure of one of God’s choice servants (Abraham).But, we’ll also see how God is able to restore Abraham from such failure. This passage is filled with hope and encouragement for anyone who has ever felt like they failed God And there is good news my friends! God doesn’t discard us when we fail; He desires to deals with us and to restore us so, we can show our faith in the streets!
Simply the truth that who we are in Jesus cannot be invalidated by our sin!
A Journey of Faith (Part 9) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 19) “How to Turn Your Faith Toward the Right Choices”
Introduction: We come today to one of the most tragic text in all the Bible, Genesis 19. Many have asked, “Why would God even have the Holy Spirit, move Moses to record these events?” (I can think of a number of reasons. But, among the top two are; first, as a clear and descriptive warning there are serious consequences to our choices in life! Second, and more importantly – Is to emphasize to us, the one thing more important than any choices we make, is the “why’ we make them!
There are some great lessons to be learned from this chapter of the Bible and the greatest of which, is how we should always use our faith to be a determining factor in all of our choices! Choices and decisions made without consulting the Lord first are always a recipe for disaster! We see the difference this makes in the lives of Abraham and Lot.
Conclusion: Let’s determine today, before we make any choices or decisions, to choose to follow the Lord’s lead instead of our own!
A Journey of Faith (Part 8) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 18) “How to Answer the Really Tough Questions With Your Faith”
Introduction: No doubt life’s difficult situations can cause us to ask a lot of tuff questions: When it comes to our journey of faith; we also encounter some tough questions along the way. Most of our tough questions can be summarized in three categories, God’s ability, God’s strategy and God’s integrity. But, as we continue to follow Abraham on this journey of faith, we’ll see as he does, God is not only better than our questions, He is better than our faith. That’s why faith is the answer to all the really tough questions.
Conclusion: No doubt life’s difficult situations can cause us to ask a lot of tuff questions: But it is not the questions; but rather how we answer those questions that is important. One thing is for sure; our faith in the Lord is the answer to all your tough questions! The relationship Abraham had with God brought him to this conclusion; there is nothing too hard for God! And God wants to have this same kind of relationship with you today!
A Journey of Faith (Part 7) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 17) “The Kind of Faith that Changes Everything”
Introduction: We are living in critical times: in our nation, communities and in the life of our church and our own individual lives. I believe God wants to do some pretty incredible things, but before He can or does, He’s going to have to bring us to a new place in our relationship with Him! For some time now Abram has been living and believing he was in the Lord’s will when one day God appears to him and tells him some pretty unbelievable stuff. When God gets done, Abram has come to a new place in his relationship with God, and it produces in his life (as it will in ours) The kind of faith that changes everything.
This is what God wants to do for you today!
Conclusion: As Abraham walked with God on his journey of faith, his relationship with God reached new depths and he learned to accept by faith, nothing is too hard for God! If we’ll do that, we too can have the kind of faith that changes everything!
A Journey of Faith (Part 6) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 16) “What to do when you Fall on Your Faith”
Introduction: Alexander Poe said; “To err is human, to forgive is divine. “Human beings give ample evidence of the accuracy of this observation and Abram and Sari (his wife) are no exceptions to the rule. Today we can profit greatly by looking at the mistakes Abram and Sarai made. By studying the cause of their mistakes, the consequences of their mistakes and the cure to mistakes, we can learn, “what to do when you fall on your faith.”
Conclusion: If you have fallen on your faith, let me encourage you today – to bring your mistakes to God, you’ll find the help, forgiveness grace and restoration you so deeply need.
A Journey of Faith (Part 5) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 15) “Packing Your Faith with the Promises of God”
Introduction: Today, God wants the special kind of relationship with us that will allow us to take Him, as our Father at His word. Abram’s relationship with God was characterized by the promises of God and Abram’s response of believing them. Our relationship with God should operate on this same basis. This is why it is so important for us to constantly remind ourselves of the promises of God and examine our responses to them. Today we look at three special promises God made Abram in regards to his fear, faith and his future, and Abram response to them. And if we’ll learn from Abram, we can see what packing our faith with the promises of God can do for us.
Conclusion: Maybe today you’re here looking at your life wondering, How? When? Where? Why? Friend, God is not afraid of your questions. He doesn’t even mind you asking them. But, regardless of how things look or feel, God’s answer is to us as it was to Abram, “Come to Me and I will pack your faith with My promises!”
A Journey of Faith (Part 4) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 14) “In the Faith of Victory”
Introduction: Abram’s faith was one that depended upon the promises of God to bring him victory on his journey of faith in the midst of life’s changing and challenging circumstances. And by looking at Abram’s journey of faith, we too can learn how to walk in the faith of victory.
Conclusion: If we will follow Abram’s example, we too will be able to walk in the midst of a changing world and challenging circumstances living our lives through the faith of victory!
A Journey of Faith (Part 3) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 13) “Dealing with the Stress Marks on Your Faith”
Introduction: Abram was faced with the decisions of how to deal with 3 stresses that leave a mark on every Christian’s faith. Because of Abram’s devotion to being a great man of faith, he made some good decisions. By studying Abram’s decisions, we learn the best way of dealing with the stress marks on our own faith.
Conclusion: Our journey of faith may be marked by past failures and forgiveness – that’s okay so long as we’re building on them.
Our journey of faith will include friction from many different sources – that’s okay, the promise of faith does not eliminate the presence of friction. Faith simply provides the peace we need to deal with it.
Our journey of faith will be filled with things that threaten to distract us from our devotion to God. Don’t let them – stay devoted to faith in God and you’ll find yourself capable of dealing with the stress marks on your faith.
A Journey of Faith (Part 2) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 12:1 -13:4) “Keys to Getting a Successful Faith Lift”
Introduction: Abram was a man of faith, but that doesn’t mean he was a stranger to reality. In fact Abram learned that the road to a successful faith lift is paved with failures along the way. But in dealing with his failures Abram teaches us some great lessons on his journey of faith. Abram shows us that walking with God according to His word and His way, is the key to getting a successful faith lift.
A Journey of Faith (Part 1) A Study of the Life of Abraham (Gen. 11:27-12:3) “Your Ear Heard Your Faith Say What?”
Introduction: Abraham was a man called of God. Abraham was one of the greatest and godliest men who ever lived. In the Bible, Abraham is presented to us as a great example of a man who lived his life by faith. And there is no better example than Abraham to teach us how to do just that. I can assure you of this; God has a calling for every person here today; first a call to salvation, and then a call to service. (Today I want to give us seven keys to help us understand the call of service God has upon our lives.)
Conclusion: Abraham was one of the greatest and godliest men who ever lived. But we really only know that because he answered the call of God upon his life. And in doing so he has left us a wonderful example of what it means to walk by faith with God. When he did, he saw God do things that amazed him until the day he died. I wonder, have you made that first step of faith to answer the call of God upon your life?