Faith & Grace Prevail
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 26 June to 2nd July 2017)
This week we move to the unthinkable as God asks Abraham to take the long-awaited and promised child, Isaac, and offer him as a sacrifice. Yet in the end Abraham’s faith and God’s grace prevails.
- READ: Genesis 22:1-14. This encounter must have started as what can be described as a very difficult conversation in which God called and Abraham responded. Can you recall any hard situation/s that God has called you to? What difficult conversations followed?
- In this text we see in the end Abraham’s faith and God’s grace prevailing. In view of your experience in question 1 how did you experience God’s grace prevailing?
- READ Psalm 13. The psalmist laments and questions God, “How long must I…” He pleads for God’s attention through his questioning hearts cry. Our own questioning can at times call into question our most treasured beliefs. How can these moments in our faith journey bring new perspective – a bit like what Saint John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul?”
- READ Romans 6:12-23. All the do’s and don’ts of scripture can seem rigid and appear to be far from the gospel of grace. “God doesn’t always expect us to make the right choices, but we have the power to choose.” Look at verse 14. Discuss this statement.
- Verses 15-23 deal with us choosing freedom or slavery. How do you think the Gospel of Christ allows us to overcome the pervasive power of sin so that we truly experience the reality of the freedom we find in Christ?
- How does obedience from the heart help you to re-orient your life?
- READ Matthew 10:40-42. What do you think it means to offer another a cup of cold water? How is God’s grace active in this act?
Resource Note: Disciplines, A book of Daily Devotions 2017, The Upper Room
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
The following is from “ you’ll get through this ..” by Max Lucado.
In the chaos called “Joseph’s life”, I count one broken promise, at least two betrayals, several bursts of hatred, two abductions, more than one attempted suicide, ten jealous brothers, and one case of poor parenting. Abuse. Unjust imprisonment. Mix it all together and let it sit for thirteen years, and what do you get? The grandest bounce back in the bible! Jacob’s forgotten boy became the second most powerful man in the world’s most powerful country. The path to the palace wasn’t quick, and it wasn’t painless, but wouldn’t you say that God took this mess and made it into something good?
- Let’s be patient but faithful
- Let’s rebuke fear and trust instead
- Let’s not be bitter but better. Better at being role models of Jesus.
- Let’s stand on all evil becoming eventual good
Pray Micah 6:9, Habakkuk 2:2-3 and Psalm 121. Believing – mind blowing, relentless, unashamed, inspirational, continual faith WILL result in unfolding miracles.
WE CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THIS WORLD IN HIS NAME.