Faith in the Unknown – Abraham (Jody Garner)

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Faith in the Unknown
Sermon Notes

Hebrews 11:8 – By __________ Abraham…
Gen. 12:1-4 – A “______” and “____________” story
Two parts to God’s “Go”: Going ____________ and Going _______
Reflection Question # 1 – What do you need to _____________ ______________?
Reflection Question # 2 – What is your _________________?
Abraham’s faith journey is _________ years of _____________- _______________ faith
Reflection Question # 3 – What is God ______________ you for?
Gal. 3:6-9 – God was ______________ Abraham by announcing the ________________ to him in ________________.
The call to “________” is continued right on through _________________ (Matt. 28:19, 20)

The Call of Abram
Gen. 12:1-4
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household 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.[a] 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.”[b] 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

Heb. 11:8-19
8 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. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.