by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 9: How to Grow Old Gratefully
Series: How To Live A Productive Life
Stuart Briscoe
Genesis 48

Everybody is growing old. Some are further along than others. But growing older does not necessarily mean growing wiser, more mature, or holier. It can mean becoming meaner, crabbier, and more selfish. We need to take care to grow old gracefully and gratefully!

I. Jacob: The Man Who Had Grown Old.

A. Coming to terms with failing faculties.

B. Making the best of residual resources.

C. Grasping the opportunities to make crucial contributions.
1. Reminding the family of spiritual roots. v. 3

2. Refreshing the memory of spiritual promises. v. 4

3. Rehearsing the details of spiritual experience. v. 15
a. My life has been a pilgrimage. 47:9

b. My life has had its ups and downs.

c. My life has not been all it should have been.

d. My life has been a long one, but short.


Part 10: How to Live a Fruitful Life
Series: How To Live A Productive Life
Stuart Briscoe
Genesis 49-50

Jacob summarized his son's life by saying, "Joseph is a fruitful vine." We have seen the impact of his life and the appropriateness of the description. It remains, in closing, for us to examine the reasons for his fruitfulness.

I. Fruitfulness Related to Rootedness-"A Vine Near a Spring."

A. The rootedness of faith in God's unique person. 49:24-25
1. He is "Shaddai" = "Enough, Sufficient, Adequate."

2. He is the "Mighty one of Jacob."

3. He is the "Shepherd."

4. He is the "Rock of Israel."

5. He is the one who helps and blesses.

Note: See, "Every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephesians 1:3

B. The rootedness of faith in God's unfailing purposes. 50:20
1. The wickedness of fallen man.

2. The purposefulness of Almighty God.

Note: See, "In all things God works for the good." Romans 8:28

C. The rootedness of faith in God's unalterable promises. 50:25; Hebrews 11:22

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