Passage: Hebrews 11:8-10, Hebrews 11:13-16, Genesis 12:1-7
Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 11:13 & 16 (ESV)
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. … But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Intro: Why does God have the right to call us wherever He wants?
What does God call us away from?
What does the LORD call us to?
EXILES ON THE EARTH
As people defined by His grace, what are we and whose are we?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His goodness in all that He calls us to as His people. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for His eternal and loving plans – and for how He is trustworthy in anything He calls us to.
2. How have you lived far more oriented toward this world and what is temporary than to Jesus and eternity? Confess your folly and unbelief to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and to rewire your heart toward Him and heaven.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for how He left His home to come rescue us from sin and death and redeem us unto Him. Thank Him for moving beyond anything “we do” instead to assure us by all that He has done and will do.
4. Who do you know that lives for here and now, ignoring God and eternity? Pray for them, asking Jesus to help awaken them to their peril, their folly, and God’s glory so that, like Abraham, they would repent and believe.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of joy, goodness and His eternal perspective. Pray that He would help you see things in their true eternal light – all that is temporary and fleeting vs. all that is lasting and good.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.