Sermon Summary - In Genesis 12 God gives Abram a command to leave his country and customs to go to the land God would show him. God then makes a promise to Abram that through him all the nations of the world will be blessed. As the story moves forward this promise seems more and more unlikely. Abram’s wife is unable to have children and the land God promises to give them is occupied by hostile Canaanites. Abram is not a perfect man but he holds onto his trust in God’s promises and for this God counts him righteous.
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Memory Verse - Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)
- Read through Genesis 12. We recommend using the questions from the DNA Meeting Guide to help guide your study of this text. The guide also gives your DNA group a simple structure to work through the passage and discuss together.
- Getting to the Heart - What circumstances tend to lead you away from trusting in God’s promises? What characteristics do you see in Abram/Abraham that help us understand how God wants us to trust him?
- Prayer and Application - Genesis 12:1-3 unpacks an enormous promise that has implications for the entire world. How does Jesus help us understand this promise? How does it motivate us to join God’s mission?
Kids Worship Questions:
- Read Genesis 12:1-3. What does God promise to Abram? What does he instruct Abram to do? Draw a picture that represents what is happening in the story.
- Can you think of a time when your parents asked you to obey them even if you didn’t understand why? Why is this hard? Why do you think it’s important to obey your parents even when you don’t fully understand?
- Following Jesus can be difficult when others around us don’t share our love for him. How do God’s promises help us faithfully walk with God even when it’s in conflict with the world around us? Can you think of one example of how God has led you to live differently from the values of your neighborhood or school?