Lesson from Fusion 3-18-2015

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  • Opening Questions
    • What is praise?
    • What is the difference between praise and worship?
      • Worship is a lifestyle, praise is an action
    • Where does praise come from?
      • Why do we praise God?
    • 28:18-22
      • Early in the morning Jacob took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker. He poured oil on top of it and named the place Bethel, though previously the city was named Luz. Then Jacob made a vow: “If God will be with me and watch over me on this journey, if He provides me with food to eat and clothing to wear, and if I return safely to my father’s house, then the Lord will be my God. This stone that I have set up as a marker will be God’s house, and I will give to You a tenth of all that You give me.[1]
    • Context
      • How many of you are familiar with the story of Jacob’s ladder?
        • Jacob is on his way to his uncle’s house to find a wife.
        • At night, Jacob fell asleep, using rocks as pillows.
        • He had a dream. Who can describe this dream?
          • Ladder, angels ascending and descending, God at the top.
          • God makes Jacob a promise (the same promise He made to both Abraham and Isaac).
        • What is Jacob’s response?
          • He called the place where he was “the gate to heaven” (v. 17).
          • He used the rock he was sleeping on to build a memorial to the Lord.
          • He promised to make the Lord his God and to give Him a tenth of all he was given.
          • Jacob’s response to God was praise.
          • What is praise?
            • Praise is a response to something.
            • Jacob praised God because God revealed Himself and made a great promise to Jacob.
            • We praise God because of what He has already done and the promises He has already made.
          • How might we relate this to our faith as a whole?
            • Do we have a blind faith, or a faith of response?
            • A quick look at scripture:
              • Abel had faith because God favored his offering. Cain did not, and this too was a response to God (Gen. 4).
              • Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. This was a response to God’s promise to Abraham (Gen. 15:6, Rom. 4:3).
              • Here we see Jacob’s faith as a result of what God has already done.
              • The Israelites were to have faith in the wilderness because they had seen God bring them out of Egypt (Ex. 20:2).
              • Today we have faith not because God has done nothing for us. He has already given us the greatest gift that He could possibly give: Himself. And He did so through Christ on Calvary. We can have faith because of what Christ has already done (John 20:31, 1 John 5:13) and because of the things that God still does today!
            • We have faith because of what God has already done (John 20:31, 1 John 5:13) and because of the things that God still does today!
          • Final question: What has God done for us?
            • Salvation
            • Life
            • Etc… (brief time for personal testimony)

[1] Genesis 28:18-22 (HCSB)


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