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Study Guide:

Talking about great adventures, we can’t really skip a person like Abraham. Being called to leave his own home to go to a new place; a traveler for many years, facing the threats of kings; and having to rescue his nephew Lot from criminals; Abraham had his share of adventures.

But Abraham also had a track record of getting directions from God and then going with plan B. The most prevalent is probably where he was not trusting God to provide a child through Sarah, but ending up having a child with Sarah’s maid.

Yet Abraham is known for his faith and obedience to God. In Hebrews 11 he is mentioned several times as being recommended for his faith. The point where his faith -and obedience- was being tested the most is probably when he received the order to sacrifice his son Isaak. After listening to Pastor Bryce’s sermon we can easily conclude that Faith being tested boils down to Obedience. 

Abraham’s posture of obedience was shocking and it is hard to believe that he actually went through with that order from God. But looking closer we can actually learn a lot from it.

Faith starts with a posture of obedience before God

Ask yourself, what kind of a posture before God do you have? A posture of hesitance? A posture of openness? A Posture of doubt? A posture of trust? Now ask yourself, how does your posture change when you remind yourself of what God has done, on the same mountain top, when he gave his son Jesus to be a sacrifice for your sins? What is your posture now?

A posture of obedience is open to three things: 
  • Open for God to speak to you
  • Open to be redirected by God
  • Open to an immediate response

Let’s assume that you know exactly what God wants you to do in a certain situation. What is your response? Openness to be redirected? Immediate obedience? Or is it doubt or even rebellion? Share with your peers what holds you back from obeying God’s direction, and why.

Pastor Bryce mentioned one specific thing that keeps many of us from going after what God what’s from us: TIME! Share with your group how you use your time? Do you have your day planned out to the minute? Or do you approach time more spontaneously, reacting to what comes?

Now, what would your attitude be if God would change this plan right now, asking you to do something outrageous, as he asked from Abraham? Would your faith rest on a promise from God? If so, which one?
->  If God would test your faith, would you pass the test?

Pastor Daniel

Through the Bible in one Year

Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.

All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.


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