The Incredible Adventure Begins GENESIS 12:1-9
· Today we honor our graduates ~ this is NOT the END ~ it IS ~ a beginning
· A BEGINNING of a journey that will require you to draw on everything you have learned
God contacted Abraham & said, “I have a plan”
· God gave a set of instructions to Abram
· those instructions were perplexing
LESSON: when God uses someone ~ DEMANDSthey leave their COMFORT ZONE
· What God is looking for a young person whom he can use; that individual who will follow him
NOTE: #1. Leave your country· #2. Leave your people
· #3. Leave your father’s house
· #4. Go where I show you
a) GOD: Abraham, this is God ~ I want you to leave everything & everybody & go
b) AB: Go where?
c) GOD: If I told you ~ you would not believe me
d) AB: Try me
e) GOD: It’s 1500 miles away called Canaan
f) AB: Never heard of it
g) GOD: I know, and there is more
h) AB: More????
i) GOD: I am going to make you the father of a great nation
j) AB: ahhhhh I don’t have any kids
k) GOD: Don’t Worry ~ I have a plan
l) AB: let me see if I understand ~ you want me to leave everyone & everybody ~ travel 1500 miles across the desert to somewhere I have never heard of ~ and become the father of a great nation ~ RIGHT?
m) GOD: Right
n) AB: Is this some kind of joke?
o) GOD: Nope
p) AB: One last question ~ What am I supposed to tell my wife????
READ: Hebrews 11:8· Ab OBEYED & WENT
LESSON: when God calls ~ He never EXPLAINS
· God will give you enough to get you moving
· The rest is up to Him
Verses 6-9: 1,500 miles later… Canaan… PAGANS· Arrived at Shechem – Central Israel ~ W Bank
· “the Canaanites were in the land”
· Met by pagan idolaters ~ sworn enemies
LESSON: Faith is never EASY
· Abraham’s 1st act: build an alter & worship
· FAITH leads to ACTION
· ACTION leads to WORSHIP
HELP for CHALLENGES:
· Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 3:20-21; Philippians 4:13 & 19; 2 Corinthians 12:9
· No challenge can come without his care; no difficulty without his deliverance; no hardship without his help.
· The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God will not sustain you!
· Abram. He received no road map, Google Map with directions ~ but he went
The Question is: WILL YOU????