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“Generosity is not about doing the minimum. It’s about every day looking for opportunities to do the unexpected.” (Ken Blanchard)

Genesis 12:1-3 - “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”

God makes three promises to Abraham:

  • I will bless you by making you into a great nation.
  • I will bless you by making your name great and I will use you to be a blessing to others.
  • Through you all the families on earth will be blessed. (Matthew 1, Luke 3, Romans 11)

God has a plan.

God controls the course of history.

God is faithful to fulfill His promises.

What do we learn from the life of Abraham?

  • Like Abraham, God has a plan for us to be part of His story.

We have been blessed to be a blessing others.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 - “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, ‘They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.’ For God is the One who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.”

Joining God’s plan will involve some distractions and setbacks.

Genesis 12:4 - “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.”

Philippians 1:6 - “I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until He completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again.”

Joining God’s plan always requires faith.

Genesis 11:30 - “Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.”

Genesis 12:4 - “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…”

Hebrews 11:11-12 - “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep His promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.”

Joining God’s plan requires Faith!

Faith Requires:

  • Sacrifice
  • Obedience

We have been blessed to be a blessing.

Q1: Notes

Q2: Many of us have faced some tough times, some undoubtedly more than others. But we have also been blessed. In what ways can you say you have been blessed?

Read Genesis 12:1-3

Q3: God told Abraham (Abram) that he was going to bless him. We can now see that God indeed made him into a great nation, he made his name great, and he blessed the families of the earth through him when Christ came as one of his descendants. This reveals three things: 1. God has plan. 2. God controls the course of history. 3. God is faithful to fulfill His promises. Does this encourage your faith in God’s sovereignty? If yes, why is that important to you?

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Q4: What does it mean to give cheerfully? What makes giving cheerful?

Read Genesis 12:4 and then Acts 7:2-4

Q5: God told Abraham to leave his family and go the land God promised him (Canaan). Abraham obeyed God but not fully. He took some of his family and ended up in a place called Haran (about half way to Canaan). Why do you think it’s difficult to obey God? What do you think this reveals about us?

Read Philippians 1:6

Q6: God hasn’t given up on you. He is still at work, completing the good work he began in you. How does this motivate you to trust God more in his desires for your life?

Q7: God’s blessing to Abraham was actually a plan to bless YOU! Do you think God wants to bless someone where you work, where you live, or maybe where you hang out? Who would that be? If appropriate share who that might be with your group.

Close your group praying for the ones your group (whether individually or as a group) are called to bless.


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