The Journey from Death to Life – April 7
“What is your greatest fear? It probably has something to do with loss. (Or Spiders!) For Abraham, it was the loss of his only child and miracle baby son Isaac who was given to him and his wife in their old age. The story unfolds in Genesis 18-22. If you know the story, then you know that God tested Abraham and spared Isaac! But Why? The Journey From Death To Life Is The Journey From To The “Brink of Fear” To The “Breaking Of Faith.”
GOD DOESN’T HAVE YOUR FAITH UNTIL HE HAS YOUR FEAR!
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9 (NASB)
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C.S. Lewis
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:17-19 (NIV)
The Bible Episodes 1 & 2
The Journey from Victims to Victors – April 14
The stories of the Bible—through the age of the patriarchs, the Exodus, the wanderings in the wilderness, the Conquest of Canaan, the period of the judges and the kings—eventually led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of God’s people in Babylon.
The entire nation was reduced to nothing. To rubble. To victimhood.
But God had a plan, as he does for every one of us. His plan was to work their redemption in such a way to turn them from victims to victors. And the stories in the book of Daniel give us some inspiring insights into how God’s “great salvation” changes us from victims to victors.
Daniel 2, 3, 6
The Bible Episodes 5 & 6
The Journey from Slavery to Freedom – April 21
We will discover the powerful story of Rahab the prostitute in the book of Joshua as well as hear Leanna’s testimony about her healing journey with her mother across America to make their film. Here are some of the lessons they’ve learned: Sexually Broken People Have Great Value To God! There Is No Limitation To Forgiveness. We All Need A Safe Place To Deal With Our Secret Past. Whatever You Submit To Becomes Your New Identity. Hurt People Hurt People And Healed People Heal People. God’s people had been delivered from slavery in Egypt, led through the Red Sea and wandered in the Sinai wilderness for forty years. There, they had received God’s Law and become as a nation, but they were still nomads. Their deliverance was not yet complete. Deliverance was happening again for Rahab and her family, as recorded in the first chapters of the Bible book of Joshua. And that story, it turns out, is not just Rahab’s story; it is your story and mine, too! Joshua 2:1 – 21; 6:20 – 25 The Bible Episodes 3 & 4
Jacob’s Dream – April 28