11 February 2024 (am) – Genesis 12:10-20

PodcastAndy Bruins preaching from Genesis on Sunday 11th February 2024.

Abram has been introduced to us in Genesis 12:1-9 as a man of faith; faith which believes the bare word of God, acts upon it, follows where God leads, worships Him in all of life and witnesses to the world around him. In a sense, Abram has been lifted up before the reader as an ideal of what authentic faith looks like.
And so it takes us by surprise, perhaps, that as we now launch into the story of his life, he stumbles at the first hurdle.

Q What do you think is the most effective way to help someone who is suffering or going through a trial in life?

Q Read v10-13. How are the problems Abram is confronted with? What does he do to solve them? What is wrong with his approach?

Q Read v14-16. What is it that Abram’s scheme did not account for? How has the fact that he has relied on his own wisdom and cunning actually put the promises God made to him in jeopardy?

Q Read v17-20. How does God deliver His servant? What are the sad repercussions of Abram’s actions?

Q How are we guilty of doing the same kind of things that Abram did?

Q Read James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1:6-7. What should be our attitude to the trials we face? Why? What does this episode in Abram’s life teach us about the grace of God?

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