Monday, September 20, 2010

"Abraham: A Life Worth Living" Series Kick-Off

So where did you come from? Where are going?

(BTW - Listen to the first song on the playlist... it really ties in our theme for this series.)

This week was the kick-off to the new Discipleship Hour and our new series "Abraham: A Life Worth Living". If you missed this first week, we missed you and can't wait to see you next week. Here's a short summary of what we talked about:

For those of you who saw the commercial in church, we started off with John's word of the day "amalgamate". We all learned that we in Driven are in fact an amalgamate of different people who have joined together as a body of believers to help each other grow in our walk with Christ and to work together on the harvest coming to South. We also learned that the Driven group may be the only place you can get a word of the day like amalgamate. ;-)

We then reviewed the direction God has been leading the church in the call for revival. A revival of real change... Change that causes us to pause and consider what kind of individual and corporate eternal legacy we are building here on earth. Do we really have faith enough to give our all to God.

This led into our kick-off for the "Abraham: A Life Worth Living series. Here are the high points:

A. God Calls Abram away from his comfort zone

  1. Background from Shem to Abram (Genesis 11:27-32)
  • Terah (Abram's father headed for Canan but stopped and settled in Haran (How about us? Do we settle for less than God's full purpose for our life)
  • Terah was an idolater living in his comfort zone. (Are we stuck in our own Haran living among our own idols in our comfort zone)

2. Haran was a flourishing city with all of the comforts of city life

  • Multiple God's worshiped with Moon God among them
  • 10's of 1000's of people
  • Easy living, Easy money...

3. Abram's Call to Leave (Genesis 12:1-3)

  • Leave country, people, father's house
  • Great promise for obedience

B. The Step of Faith (Genesis 12:4-5)

  1. No idea where he was going (Hebrews 11:8)
  2. Abraham had no hesitation and Total Faith in God

We finished up with by answering a few questions on a hand-out that we will review again at the end of this series. They were:

1. What is your Ur/Haran?

2. Where are you in your journey to the place God has called you?

3. Who are you traveling with on your journey?

4. What will

As we start this journey together looking at Abraham's life as an example of real living, we must ask the question about our faith... is it total or only in part.

If you get a chance this week, read the story of Abraham starting in Genesis 12. Also take a look at James 2:14-26 for a description of real faith.

That's it for this week. See you next week when John will be leading us in part two of "Abraham: A Life Worth Living".

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