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04/03/13 – “The Patriarchal Period” VIII – The Benefits of Development

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY

THE BIBLE STUDY SERIES

The Chronological Method of Bible Study

 


Tuesday in the Truth

April 2, 2013

 

The Patriarchal Period VIII

(The Benefits of Growing)

 

Wednesday in the Word

April 3, 2013

The Patriarchal Period VIII

(The Benefits of Development)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. St. Matthew 11:28-29
    1. The ways of God must be learned.
    2. The believer will experience unrest unless lead and directed by the spirit of God.
    3. Believers are never to be lead by the circumstances or situations; instead, believers are lead by the spirit (voice) of God. (Scripture reference – St. Matthew 4:1)
  2. Galatians 3:26-29
    1. The study of Abraham is vital so that we are able to understand the promise and consequently our entitlements of the promise.
    2. Abraham is the pivotal point through whom God connects us to this promise.
  3. St. John 10:9
    1. The and…after salvation points to the inheritance received through Abraham.  Saved and…

 

  1.          I.  Abram turns to Egypt as his source
    1. Isaiah 31:1-3
      1. Don’t allow our circumstances to lead us to Egypt (the world).
      2. The world is not the believer’s source.  God is the source for believers.
    2. Proverbs 3:5-6
      1. God will direct our steps [in the world].
    3. St. Matthew 6:31-33
  2.         II.            Perils of turning to Egypt [without being lead by the spirit of God]
    1. Genesis 12:10-20
      1. Egypt is a type of the world.
      2. Abram is pulled to the world (Egypt) because of the circumstances (a famine).  (verses 10-11)
      3. God has a Word that will disconnect us from the natural realm and connect us to the spiritual realm.
      4. Abram attempts to make his own way by offering his wife [as his sister] to the Pharaoh.  (verses 12-16)
      5. God had already pronounced Abram blessed in Genesis 12:1-3.  Accordingly, the blessing was still functioning and profiting Abram even through his growing pains. (verse 16)
      6. While we are growing, our wrong decisions can affect others.  (verses 17-20)
    2. Genesis 13:1-5
      1. Lot witnessed all Abram’s “faith mistakes and blunders” in Genesis 12.
      2. As proclaimed believers, we must be mindful of those impacted by our decisions [to go to Egypt] that may not have the blessing [of grace] on their lives.  In other words, believers must be responsible.
      3. Abram escaped Egypt with riches; unfortunately, his wife and Lot did not come out without damage.
      4. To grow spiritually, we must assess whether our choices and decisions will damage or tarnish our testimony and witness.

© 2013 George Matthews Ministries

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