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Is it possible to find God's will for our lives? Can we know, not only God's ultimate will, but His personal will for our lives? Can we arrive at specific conclusions by looking at the God we know through history. Well, Abraham did, so maybe we can understand and move forward in a specific direction as well, confident that God will accomplish His will in our lives.
Why did God devote 3 entire chapters in Genesis to Joseph's reconciliation with his older brothers? Why did WE need to know this? If Joseph is a Type of Christ, then maybe God wanted us to understand His own heart in the process of salvation? Maybe God wanted us to understand who we are as we look at these pitiful brothers? This may be the most important section in the entire Bible when it comes to understanding God, His desire for our reconciliation, and just how it should happen in our lives.
What happens when God calls our name? When we look at Genesis 12 we may see the most important event in the history of mankind. God finally delivers a plan to a hopeless and barren humanity. But God does this over and over again in the lives of all whom call Him Father. This is what salvation looks like. This is the Divine Plan. Can we even understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ outside of Genesis 12?
Genesis 48 records a rather benign passage of Israel blessing the two sons of Joseph. Jacob simply switches his hands and blesses the younger above the older. This infuriates Joseph. But what does all this mean for us, and why does God record this as the most important and lofty step of faith in the 130 year life of Jacob? What's the big deal? Let's find out together.
Joseph finally is exalted to the second-highest position in the greatest country the world had ever seen...ancient Egypt. This is what he has been waiting for. His ship has finally come in. his faithfulness in difficult circumstances has finally been rewarded. But what if that is not the case? What if this has nothing to do with Joseph at all?
Joseph rises through the ranks to become a honored employee in the home of Potiphar. And then he is cast into prison by the false testimony of the boss's wife. What could Joseph have been thinking? What did he learn? How does Joseph get it right when all the others had gotten it so wrong? What can we learn by looking at his life?
A great flood swept the earth. Noah and his family was saved from destruction. Cute story or frighteningly similar to what happens in our own lives? Is this a true story? Why was Noah saved? What does it all mean for me today?
We all fall. We all sin. As we study the consequences of the first act of disobedience in recorded history, what can we learn about ourselves? Do we experience the same brokenness in our own lives when we stray from God? We will discuss the cost and consequences of sin, and God's gracious plan to bring us back to the Tree of Life.
Adam and Eve's world fell apart in the same way our world falls apart today. Their sin looks eerily similar to our own. Satan acts and tempts us in the same way today as he did then. When we look back at the story of the Fall, we should see our own story as well. Let's learn from this story so we can recognize and combat Satan in our own life today.
Is the creation story credible? Why is it important for us to believe and understand the origin of the world? Why does it matter? Sometimes we place our own story above His Story, and as we enter this series, we must decrease so He can increase.