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Subject: Red Mountain Sunday Recap - February 17, 2019 - Genesis 26:1-33
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Red Mountain Sunday Recap - February 17, 2019 - Genesis 26:1-33View this email in your browserRed Mountain Church - Sunday Recap
February 17, 2019Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap! The Sunday Recap includes an assortment of items to help keep the Gospel in front of you throughout the week. Most are from the previous Sunday while a couple look ahead to next Sunday. As you read consider these questions:
Did anything land with you during worship?
What did it make you think? How did it make you feel?
What did you find especially sweet or challenging from God's word?
What did we sing, read, or pray that left an impression on you?
Did you hear any good news? If so, when and where?
Words For Reflection:
The moment the word God is uttered, the world’s towering falsehood is exposed—we see the truth. The truth about me is that God made and loves me. The truth about those sitting beside me is that God made and loves them, and each one is therefore my neighbor. The truth about the world is that God rules and provides for it. The truth about what is wrong with the world is that I and the neighbor sitting beside me have sinned to refusing to let God be for us, over us, and in us. The truth about what is at the center of our lives and of our history is that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross for our sins and raised from the tomb for our salvation and that we can participate in new life as we believe in him, accept his mercy, respond to his love, attend to his commands. – Eugene Peterson
For next Sunday:
Sermon Text: Genesis 26:34-27:46
Holy, Holy, Holy - Adoration
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior - Confession
And Can It Be - Grace
Come, O Come thou Quickening Spirit - Response
Friend of Sinners - Communion
Doxology - Old 100th
The Bible Project:
As a way to help you grasp the over-arching story of the Bible, I am going to include each week a link to one of The Bible Project videos.
This week check out Setting In Biblical Narrative.
If you are looking for help to read the Bible in a more regular way, you may find this approach and this app helpful.
For several weeks we've been experimenting with setting up the theater lengthwise. If you have any thoughts or feedback on setting up the theater sideways vs. lengthwise please send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.
Singing To God (Psalm 95:1-5)
Streams of Living Water Flow
Through ten thousand channels flowing,
Streams of mercy find their way.
Life and health and joy bestowing
Making all around unstained.
O believer, O believer
All thy sins are washed away.
Bowing Before God (Psalm 95:6-7b)
Prayer of Confession
Gracious God, we confess that we daily sin against you and our neighbors in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions. Our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more into the likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Words of Grace
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. - Romans 8:1
Hearing From God (Psalm 95:7c-11)
Sermon Text - Genesis 26:1-33
1. The blessing of God
2. The journey of a son
The Heart of the Message
Do you ever feel like your life is a mixture of faith and fear? Or perhaps even more likely, do you ever feel like fear will drown out any faith you have in God and his promises? If so, the story of Isaac in Genesis 26 is your story. It’s a chapter that begins in famine (v. 1) and ends in peace and flourishing (v. 33). But the glue that holds the whole chapter together is God’s promise to bless Isaac just as he promised to bless his father Abraham (v. 3-5, 24). The point to notice is that God’s promises are what keep Isaac’s life together. The story begins in famine and Isaac listens to God and doesn’t go down to Egypt. Isaac shows a great act of faith in v. 2 & 6, but no sooner does he settle in Gerar than his fear and timidity get the better of him. Like his father before him (Gen. 12 & 20), he is prepared to lie and put his wife’s life in danger in order to save his own (v. 7-11). And yet, despite Isaac’s weaknesses and failings, God causes him to thrive and to successfully navigate conflict and confrontation with the Philistines (v.12-33). Faith, fear, and flourishing are all parts of the life of faith under God’s blessing. How can you find your place in Isaac’s story? You must remember Isaac’s story is part of a larger story that finds its conclusion in the journey of another son, who also knew famine and fear and the struggle to believe God’s promises. Jesus begins his public ministry in famine (Mt. 4:3-4). He is faced with the struggle to believe in the face of fear the night he was betrayed (Mt. 26:39). And most remarkably, instead of pleasing himself he gave himself up for his bride that she might truly live. The story of Isaac shows us God’s blessing is for people like us…a complicated mix-up of fear and faith. The story of Jesus shows us God’s blessing will never fail for all who call upon his name!
What features of these passages stand out to you the most? What words or phrases or ideas grab your attention?
Put yourself in Isaac’s shoes in verses 1-6. What would be an analogous situation in your life?
What does Isaac’s story teach you about the life of faith?
Why do we need to read Isaac’s journey in light of Jesus’ journey?
What are various types of glue in your life that need to be replaced with the blessing of God?
Confession of Faith: The Westminster Shorter Catechism, c. 1648
Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.