Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Story: God Builds a Nation

Welcome to week 3 (chapter 2) of The Story

Today we talk about God building a nation--and the passing of God's blessing to the world.

1. Understand God's blessing given to Abraham
Genesis 12:2-3
Two parts of Abraham's blessing:
Gensis 22:17-18

2. Understand God's blessing fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
(Galatians 3:16) The promises spoken to Abraham was given to his seed (singular) who is Christ. Promise will come through Jesus and spread to the world.

(Acts 13:32)
God's promise was fulfilled in Jesus.

3. Understand God's blessing extended to us.
Is the promise only to those of Jewish descent.

(Galatians 3:6-9)
Abraham BELIEVED and it was credited to him as righteousness. Those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham.

If you are a member of the body of Christ, you are part of the blessing.

Two parts to the promised blessing:
(Galatians 3:14 and Acts 2:38-39)
A. Forgiveness of sins
B. Power of the Holy Spirit

Be a blessing to others
(1 Peter 2:9-10)
We are a chosen that we can share God's love and forgiveness.

The Big Idea:
Chapter 2: The blessing of Abraham has been fulfilled in Christ and is now available to us.

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