Community Group Questions 4/1/12

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Sermon Title: Rescue, Part 3: A Redemption

Main Text:  Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 8:32, Hebrews 11:17-19

Topics:

  • God asked Abraham to kill as a sacrifice his promised son Isaac. He was told to go to Mt. Moriah, which would one day be the mountain the temple was built on in Jerusalem. This was an immensely costly sacrifice.
  • They traveled three days to the mountain. Isaac was under this death sentence for three days.
  • When they reach the mountain Abraham lays the wood on Isaac and he carries it up the mountain. Along the way Isaac asked Abraham, where the sacrifice was, and Abraham told him that God would provide one.
  • At the last minute before Abraham killed Isaac, God stopped him.  And there was a ram caught in a bush, that God provided for Abraham to use as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.
  • Abraham called the place, “The Lord Will Provide.”  What is so interesting, is that he does not say, “The Lord HAS Provided,” but looks to the future!
  • This all took place on the third day from when Abraham heard God’s instructions.
  • Similarities to Jesus:
    • God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him as a sacrifice and payment for sin.
    • Jesus died on a hill outside of Jerusalem.
    • Jesus carried His cross up the Hill.
    • God provided Jesus as the substitute, for us. We should die for our own sins, but Jesus is provided in our place.
    • Jesus was under death for three days. But on the third day he rose again from the dead. Hebrews 11 tells us that Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead.
  • The Third Day was a day where God provided. He paid the price of giving up His Son, so we don’t have to. This was a costly price that He paid.  It was costly to redeem us.
  • The Third Day is a day of redemption.
  • Romans 8:32 says, if God is willing to provide His own Son for us, what would He spare from giving us. God indeed is an incredible provider.
  • We can trust that God is an incredible provider, when we remember that He has provided His Son for us.
  • What Abraham did is to name the place, “The Lord Will Provide.” He made a way to remember what the Lord had done, as he looks to the future. We need to actively find ways to remind ourselves of what He has done to provide for us to strengthen us in the future.
  • In the OT they found practical ways of reminding themselves what God has done: talked about it, wrote it down, used art and music, created holidays and celebrations, created tangible items (like the pile of rocks in Joshua 4)
  • Some practical ways of doing that is:
    • Journaling life events
    • Journaling prayer requests
    • Reminiscing of how God has provided with others
    • Memorizing verses
    • Regularly thanking and praising God for how He is active in our lives
    • Souvenirs and other conversation starters from mission trips and other significant events in your life
    • Family celebrations and taking advantage of significant holidays to remember what He has done

Key Questions:

  1. How would you have felt getting that command if you were Abraham?
  2. What would that three day journey have been like?
  3. What similarities do you see between this episode with Isaac and the life of Jesus?
  4. Read Romans 8:32. How would you rephrase what Paul is telling us in your own words?
  5. On the Third Day God completed the work of providing His Son as our substitute. So, what are some of the things the Third Day tells us about God?
  6. How does remembering what God has already done in our lives strengthen us for the future?
  7. What are some events in your life where God significantly provided for you?
  8. What causes us to forget what God has already done in our lives to provide for us?
  9. What are some practical ways we can remind ourselves of God’s provision?
  10. What is one practical thing you are going to do in response to this passage to remind yourself of how God has provided in your life?

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