Abraham’s Test in Gen. 22 - God tested Abraham (v.1) a) Sacrifice Isaac, Abraham’s only son (v.2) Questions 1. Is it true that God tests his people? 2. Is it true that God wants us to sacrifice human beings? 3. What does the sacrifice mean to us?
Be positive with a joyfulness in Faith 1. Abraham’s faith based on a joy Why? - rose very early in the morning (v.2) - prepared the burnt offering with Isaac Keyword: Burnt offering & Issac
Be positive with a joyfulness in Faith Q. What does Isaac mean? - go to Gen. 21:1-6 (note verse 6) - Isaac means “He laughs” Q. What does the burnt offering mean? - Another meaning is “gift” Q. What does offering / sacrificing Isaac mean? - Giving a gift with a laugh to God
Be positive with a joyfulness in Faith Are you happy to be with God? Are you happy to give yourself including your time, your budget, your effort, and others to God in Faith? “Abraham’s faith was the positive faith”
Be powerful in Faith 1. faith changed a sacrifice to a provision a) took place at Moriah b) made up two Hebrew words; to see and God. c) Moriah means; to see God 2. To see God means to see God’s provision a) Lord will provide (v.8-14) b) the powerful faith makes the God’s provision.
Be powerful in Faith Q. Is your faith powerful in Faith? Q. Do you believe that your living place will be the place of God’s provision? Q. Do you believe that your ordinary life will be the life of God’s provision? Abraham’s powerful vision changed the ordinary region to the God’s provision
Be prepared by Faith 1. God sent his angel to Abraham (v.15) 2. Through his faith, Blessed in three areas: a) for personal - could be rich by God’s blessing b) for family - gave big impact on family’s blessing c) for whole nations - numerous descendents as stars in sky
Be prepared by Faith Q. Are you ready to get God’s blessing? Q. Are you ready to sacrifice your faith for the sake of God and expect God’s blessing?
Remember 3P in Sacrifice - Sacrifice does not mean death of human - Sacrifice does mean God’s blessing 1. Be positive in Faith - with a joyfulness and laugh 2. Be powerful in Faith - with God’s provision from the common 3. Be prepared by Faith - with expectation of God’s amazing bless
Group Discussion 1. Share your broken dream, why? 2. Share your present vision, difficulty. 3. Think how to apply what you have heard from today sermon into your present vision. 4. Find out and share what to sacrifice in your life, family, church, and youth ministry for the sake of God 5. Remember 3P, recite “You can do it”