Message Notes for Saturday, September 15, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2018
SERIES – Crazy Faith
Hebrew 11:8 NIV
By faith Abraham, when called to go
to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
- Where am I going?
- How will I get there?
- How long will it take?
Go to the land I will show you
II. How faith is flawedPerfection is not a prerequisite for God to use
Genesis 11:31 NIV – Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife
of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of
the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.
Partial obedience is complete disobedience.
Genesis 12:10 NIV – Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.
Isaiah 31:1 NIV – Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.
Options we have when trouble comes, in our prayers:
1. How can I get out of this?2. What can I get out of this?
Genesis 12:11-20 NIV – 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say,
‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” 14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was
a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officialssaw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake,
and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels. 17But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and hishousehold because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
Matthew 5:48 KJV – Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Romans 4:11 NIV
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
Faith is taking the next step even when you can’t see the whole stair case. Martin Luther King Jr.
Adventure is the ability to step out into the unknown with God.
The grandfather clock ticks 120 ticks a minute, 7,200 ticks an hour, 127,600 ticks a day, and 62,000,000 ticks a day.
I. How faith is formed
Genesis 12:1 NIV – The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
Genesis 11:27-28 NIV – 27 This is the account of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth.
This was a call to service and obedience.
Genesis 12:1-4 NIV
- 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
- 2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
- 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
- 4 So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot wentwith him. Abram was seventy-five years old when heset out from Haran.
Genesis 13:1-4 NIV – 1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. 3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar.There Abram called on the name of the Lord.Genesis 12:8 NIV – From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord
• Abram rejected the world (v. 13:1)• Abram restored his witness (v. 13:3)
Sometimes the way forward is the backward.• Abram renewed his worship (v. 13:4)