The Purpose and Promises of God

God has a purpose for this world that he designed before time began. God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into that plan and gave them promises to hold onto as they took steps of faith in active obedience. We also fit into God’s purpose as we walk by faith to wherever he takes us. Ultimately all of our stories point to the glory of God as he fulfills his plan in this world. 

The Promises and Purpose of God

in the Lives of Abraham and Sarah

Hebrews 11:8-16

Paul Briggs

September 2, 2018

 

The name of Abraham appears in numerous places throughout the Bible. Without question, as evidenced by the space dedicated to his life and the number of times and places his name appears, Abraham is the quintessential example of faith in the Scriptures. However, there should be no mistaking that the life of Abraham teaches us, God’s people, about the promises and the purpose of God through the study of his life of faith.

 

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The Call of Abram

Genesis 11:27-12:9

Abraham Cremeens

September 9, 2018

 

God has a purpose for this world that he designed before time began. God called Abram into that purpose and gave him promises to hold onto as he took steps of faith in active obedience. We also fit into Abram’s story as we take steps of faith, lean on God’s promises, and journey with God wherever he takes us. Ultimately all of our stories point to the glory of God as he fulfills his plan in this world through Jesus Christ.

 

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Abram's Tent and an Altar

Genesis 12:10-13:18

Paul Briggs

September 16, 2018

 

In the book of Genesis, we find elements of the narrative regarding the life of Abram (and those who follow) that are...., well, nothing short of shocking. One of them is found in today’s passage. Even here at the beginning of the unfolding of the plan of redemption being worked out by God through his servant, Abram, our understanding is grown that God “...is...merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness....” (Exodus 34:6). God is faithful to his own purpose and promises, even when his chosen servants fail.

 

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God's Purpose and Our Choices

Genesis 14

Abraham Cremeens

September 23, 2018

 

As Abram and Sarai continue in their walk with God they again find themselves in a difficult situation. A crisis takes place that impacts their nephew Lot. Abram responded to the crisis by getting involved and rescuing Lot. In the aftermath Abram is then confronted with a choice. Two kings interact with him. His reaction to one is to receive a blessing and his reaction to the other is to reject compromise. God’s purpose for his life is a driving value in the choice he made.

 

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God's Purpose and Our Faith

Genesis 15

Abraham Cremeens

September 30, 2018

 

Yahweh is our covenant making God. He initiated the call on Abram’s life in chapter 12 and then makes his covenant with Abram. In his covenant God takes the emphasis and responsibility on himself. Abram responds in faith – he receives God’s grace by faith – and it is counted to him as righteousness.

 

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God's Purpose and a Godward Life

Genesis 17-18:15

Abraham Cremeens

October 21, 2018

 

Both chapters (17 and 18) open with a statement about Yahweh appearing to Abraham. In both chapters, God shows his character and the fact that he is our covenant maker and promise keeper. In both chapters, Abraham and Sarah respond in a variety of ways. This passage is a snapshot of the Godward life: As God reveals himself we respond by following him.

 

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The Justice and Mercy of God

Genesis 18:16-19:38

Will Peycke

November 11, 2018

 

God is the just Judge who punishes sin and the merciful Rescuer who spares the undeserving. He brought destruction on Sodom but rescued Lot. In Jesus, God judged sin once and for all, providing merciful rescue for undeserving sinners to be justified freely by his grace.

 

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God's Purpose and Fear

Genesis 20

Abraham Cremeens

November 25, 2018

 

In Genesis 20 we see God show up again. Abraham feared the people of Gerar and lied about Sarah being his wife. This not only led to danger for Sarah but also created a predicament for the covenant line of God’s people. However, God was faithful even when Abraham was faithless. He rebuked Abimelech and brought about a reversal of the problem. He protected Sarah and preserved the covenant line of his people.

 

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A Promised Child

Genesis 21:1-7

Stephen Weinkauf

December 2, 2018

 

In this greater narrative until of Genesis 11:27-21:7, God has brought Abraham and Sarah on a journey. They’ve struggled with the tension between their physical limitations and God’s promises. They’ve had highs and lows on this journey, but God has used all of that to bring them into a deeper faith and a deeper joy. As we walk through life, as we struggle to believe the promises we have in Christ, we can recognize that God is using the highs and lows of our life to bring us into deeper faith and deeper joy.

 

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