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Restoring the Glory: Abraham (9 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 17:1, 6-7; Genesis 21:5
An amazing plan of redemption was set into motion, ending with God Himself coming to Earth to make everything right. This redemption plan begins with a man named Abraham, who heard the voice of God and followed after Him.
Main Bible References/Scripture Passages:
Genesis 12:1-3: The promise to Abraham to bless all nations
Genesis 17:1, 6-7: Abraham called to walk blameless, the covenant established Genesis 21:5: Abraham had a son at 100 years old.
EQUIP: The restoration of glory began with God's promise to Abraham.
Teaching Point 1: God called Abraham to leave his homeland and chose him to be His covenant partner in redemption.
God initiated His redemptive plan in partnership with people.
- God's first instruction to Adam and Eve was to ''be fruitful, multiply, take dominion'' (GENESIS 1:28).
- After saving Noah and his family from the flood, God declared His original purpose again: ''Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth''' (GENESIS 9:1).
- After dispersing the nations at the Tower of Babel, God spoke to Abraham (then called Abram), ''I will make you into a great nation'' (GENESIS 12:2).
Because Abraham listened to God, his life was a huge step forward in God's original plan to bless all of mankind. God releases His authority and power to those who listen to His voice and follow His loving ways. He wants to partner with people to release His blessings through them to the world.
The greatest lesson we can learn from Abraham's life was his faith in God's promises. ''So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe'' (ROMANS 4:16).
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