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Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – September 23, 2018

Series Title: “This is What God Does”

Today’s Title: “God Calls”

Today’s Text: Genesis 12:1-8

ABRAHAM’S CALLING

  • Finishing what his father started (11:31-32 & Joshua 24:2-3)
  • God said to Abram …” (12:1)
    • first person since Noah that God spoke to (9:17)
  • Go – Leaving behind…
    • Country – culture, gods, security
    • People – friends, connections, community life
    • Father’s household – family, parents, support system
    • Abram is letting go of his identity
    • He has no son, but Lot is like a son
  • God promises Greatness to Abraham
    • A Great Nation
    • A Great Name
    • A Great Blessing

ABRAHAM’S ACTIONS

  • In Egypt during a famine (12:10-20)
  • In conflict with Lot (13:1-18)
  • In war to rescue Lot (14:1-24)
  • In faith that God would give him a son (15)
  • Impatience with God and fathering Ishmael (16)
  • In covenant with God through circumcision (17)
  • In hosting God at his home (18)
  • In seeing God’s patience come to an end (18-19)
    • the sin of Sodom & Gomorrah? Ezekiel 16:49-50
  • In battling lingering weakness (20)
  • In seeing the fulfillment of what God promised (21)
  • In offering up to God the very thing he waited to possess (22)

 

WHAT DO WE SEE IN ABRAHAM’S CALLING AND LIFE?

  • FAITH, FAILURE, FULFILLMENT, FATHER, FUTURE
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