Human Pragmatism vs Divine Purposes

Mission – Feb 18,  Genesis 16

  1. Carefully read Genesis Gen 3:1-12 and Genesis 16:1-6.
    • Highlight similarities between these 2 accounts.
    • In what ways is Sarai like Eve? In what ways is Abram like Adam?
    • Rather than acquiesce to his wife’s suggestion, how should Abram have responded to Sarai’s plan?

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An Ill-Advised Plan

Abbotsford – Feb 18, Genesis 16

  1. Childlessness was a great travesty in the ancient world. Sarai and Abram were promised children, but they were having to wait for it to happen. Have you ever been in a situation when you have been waiting for God to act on your behalf, but you just kept waiting? Describe that situation.
    • How did you cope in the waiting time?
    • Did God finally come through?
    • Was it in the way you expected him to?
    • Was the outcome worse or better than you expected?

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The Trustworthy God

Mission – Feb 11,  Genesis 15

  1. Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Genesis 15:1-7.
    • What did God promise Abram?
    • What are the implications of the promises God made to Abram?
    • What do we learn about God from these two passages?

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Tried and Tested

Abbotsford – Feb 11, Genesis 15

  1. Read Genesis 12:1-9 and Genesis 15:1-7.
    • What did God promise Abram?
    • What are the implications of the promises God made to Abram?
    • What do we learn about God from these two passages?

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The God of Abe

Mission – Feb 4,  Genesis 12

  1. How does it affect how we read the bible when we think people like Abe our the heroes?
  2. How does reading the Bible with God as the Hero change this perspective?
  3. How did Abe get it wrong? Give other examples of Old Testament characters we treat as heroes that also got it wrong?

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Meet Abe

Abbotsford – Feb 4, Genesis 12

  1. How did Abe get it right? What did he do that was noteworthy?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:20 which says that all God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ. What are some of the promises given in the old testament?
  3. How does it change our expectations of the life God gives us when we realize that the promises given to Old Testament characters are not given directly to us?

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Let’s Pray

Mission – Jan 28,  2 Chronicles 20

  1. What do we learn about God from Jehoshaphat’s declaration (found in 2 Chronicles 20:6)?
  2. Look up and share passages from scripture that speak to God’s sovereign rule over all creation?
  3. Most of us rarely begin our prayers with declarations of God’s sovereign reign over all things and all situations. What can we learn about prayer from King Jehoshaphat’s example?

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On the Right Side of History

Abbotsford – Jan 28, Acts 4:23-31

  1. If you knew that no matter what happened today, you would wake up tomorrow morning healthy and well, what would you do? How does the security of knowing the future motivate you for the present?
  2. How does the knowledge of God’s sovereign control over the world and his special commitment to his children give you confidence in your life now? How does it affect your worries?
  3. In light of God’s sovereign care for us, why do we continue to worry? What can we do to overcome our worries?

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The Lord’s Prayer Part 2

Mission – Jan 21,  Matthew 6:11-13

  1. Define forgiveness. What does it mean to forgive?
    • Why do we struggle extending forgiveness to those who sin against us?
    • What do the scriptures teach about forgiveness? (Read a few passages)
    • In what ways have we (corporately) sinned against others?

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The Disciple’s Prayer Part 2

Abbotsford – Jan 21, Matthew 6:11-13

  1. Give us this day our daily bread…
    • Read Exodus 16:1-30. Why do you think God prohibited the people from collecting more manna than they needed every day?
    • Why do we want to store up extra money? Is it bad for us to do so (aren’t saving money and having insurance good things)? When does our saving up become dangerous to our faith, if at all?
    • Other than money, what kinds of daily needs ought we to be praying for?

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