Look at Abe

Mission – March 25, Romans 4

  1. Even though God’s promise was impossible, since he and Sarai were both old and childless, Abraham believed God. Abraham was declared righteous because of his faith (Genesis 15:6). What does it mean to trust God when circumstances are out of your control?
  2. The Gospel in its very nature is scandalous. Why do you think it offends people? What does it reveal about us? What does it reveal about God?
  3. As Christians, we have a tendency of becoming too familiar with God’s grace. When we do this, we risk falling into an ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality where we forget that saving faith is for all who believe. Who are the people who you inadvertently alienate from the promises of God? What practical things can you do to avoid falling into this trap?

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Genesis 22

Mission – March 18, Genesis 22

  1. What are some of the parallels between Isaac and Jesus?
  2. How is the promise to Abraham fulfilled through Jesus?
  3. How is that Promise extended to us?

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What about Abe?

Abbotsford – March 25, Romans 4

  1. If you have been a believer for awhile, do you find that you have grown accustomed to God’s grace?
  2. What are some ways you can prevent familiarity with the Gospel turning into indifference to the Gospel?
  3. One common viewpoint for Jews in the 1st century regarding Abraham was that he was “reckoned righteous” because of his faithfulness in testing (1 Maccabees 2:52). How does this relate to Paul’s point in Romans 4:1-3?

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The Test

Abbotsford – March 18, Genesis 22

  1. Have you ever been caught acting in a way that is contrary to what you said you would do? What happened? Were you embarrassed? (If you don’t want to share your own example, share one you witnessed in another. Just please leave names out).
  2. What is the worst test you can remember?
  3. How do you feel about the idea that God tests his people (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 or Genesis 22:1)? How is this different from tempting them, which the Bible says God doesn’t do (James 1:13-15)? What is God’s goal in his tests?

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Grace

Mission – March 11, Genesis 20:1-21:7

  1. Read Genesis 12:10-20 and then read Genesis 20:1-18. What is similar in these passages? What is different?
  2. Why do you think Abraham used the same tactic in Genesis 20 (calling his wife his sister) with Abimelech that he used with Pharaoh in Genesis 12? What was motivating him? Why didn’t he learn the lesson the first time around?
  3. What are some perpetual sins that Christians tend to struggle with? What advice would you give to those struggling with those sins regarding how to avoid them? Why do we struggle so much with committing the same sins over and over again?

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Second Verse Same as the First

Abbotsford – March 11, Genesis 20:1-21:7

  1. Read Genesis 12:10-20 and then read Genesis 20:1-18. What is similar in these passages? What is different?
  2. Why do you think Abraham used the same tactic in Genesis 20 (calling his wife his sister) with Abimelech that he used with Pharaoh in Genesis 12? What was motivating him? Why didn’t he learn the lesson the first time around?
  3. What are some perpetual sins that Christians tend to struggle with? What advice would you give to those struggling with those sins regarding how to avoid them? Why do we struggle so much with committing the same sins over and over again?

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God Is Able

Mission – March 4, Genesis 18: 1-15

  1. Describe a situation when you trusted someone and it turned out to be a bad idea.
  2. What makes you trust someone and not trust another?
  3. In the story in Genesis 18:1-15, when do you think Abraham realizes that God himself is one of the people who has showed up at his tent?

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Entertaining Angels Unaware

Abbotsford – March 4, Genesis 18: 1-15

  1. Describe a situation when you trusted someone and it turned out to be a bad idea.
  2. What makes you trust someone and not trust another?
  3. In the story in Genesis 18:1-15, when do you think Abraham realizes that God himself is one of the people who has showed up at his tent?

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Remember Sodom

Mission – Feb 25,  Genesis 19

  1. In Genesis 18:25, Abraham asks God, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” How was God just in destroying Sodom?
  2. In Genesis 13:12, Lot is enticed by the city of Sodom and moves his tents as far as the wicked city. Before long, he conforms and becomes a local and we see him conducting business at the city gates (19:1). Sin has a way of luring us in and blinding us to its power. What is an example from your context where sin lures in and destroys lives?
  3. Why must God judge sin?

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Yes! God will do Right

Abbotsford – Feb 25, Genesis 19

  1. Philosophical Discussion with God (Gen 18:23-32)
    • Do people have a problem with bad things happening to bad people? What about bad things happening to good people? In what ways do people question the goodness of God, whether the judge of all the earth will do right?
    • Why do you think Abraham negotiated with God from 50 to 10 righteous people?
    • What is the point of this philosophical discussion?

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