Small Group Notes 11.1.2015

If you do not attend Sunday School, please use these notes as you look through Scripture together as a family at home or in your small Bible study group.

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God desires our trust

Genesis 12:1-4

Opening Questions

  • How many of you think that God has a plan?
    • How difficult is it for us to trust in that plan?
    • If a perfect God has a perfect plan, what do we suggest if we follow our own plans instead of His?

Genesis 12:1-4 (HCSB)

The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.

What was God’s plan for Abram?

  • God’s plan was that Abram would leave his land, family, and his father’s house and go to another land somewhere.
  • Do you think that God has a plan for each of us?
    • Proverbs 16:4 says that God has made everything for His purpose.
    • This means that God does not create one person without a purpose.
    • If God has a purpose for each person, He must also have a plan that each can follow to accomplish that purpose.
    • Ephesians 2:10 says that “…we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
  • The amazing truth is that God does have a plan for each of us!
  • How difficult do you think it is to follow God’s plan sometimes?
    • Teachers might share of a time when it was difficult for them to do what God wanted them to do. Don’t be afraid to share your failures.
    • Ask students if God had ever asked them to do anything that was difficult for them to do.
    • It was difficult for Abram to follow God’s plan too. He had to leave his family and his home. He also did not know where God was going to take him.

Even though following God’s plan was difficult for Abram, he did what God wanted him to do.

  • In life we really just have one essential decision to make. Will we follow God’s plan, or not?
  • The first step in following God’s plan is trusting in Jesus, who is God’s Messiah
    • John 6:40, Jesus says, “For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
  • As we saw already, God also prepares works for us ahead of time (Eph. 2:10)
    • Whatever we do on this earth, the most important thing we can do is follow God’s plan for us, no matter how difficult it might be.

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God makes Abram a promise. What is that promise?

  • “I will make you into a great nation.”
  • “I will bless you.”
  • “I will make your name great.”
  • “You will be a blessing.”
  • “I will bless those who bless you.”
  • “I will curse those who treat you with contempt.”
  • “All the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.”
  • God’s promises were greater than the difficulty He called Abram into.
    • No matter what kind of difficulty God calls us into in this life, His promises outweigh those difficulties.
    • God will always reward us for denying ourselves so that we can pursue His plan.

One of our greatest downfalls as people of God is that we come up with our own plan, expecting God to support us, when we should seek God’s plan for us: trusting that God’s plan is better and that He has a greater reward for us than we could gain for ourselves.

Question about rewards:

  • God promises rewards. Do we always receive these rewards on this earth?
    • We might receive some rewards on this earth, but God’s rewards last forever. Most of them will be given in eternity.
    • Matthew 6:19-20 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.”
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