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REAL MEN HAVE FAITH

Real Men - Lesson #3 – Abraham

 

Ř     What is faith?

Ř     Why does God say that faith is so important?

     Hebrews 11:6

Ř     What are some of the consequences of unbelief for the Christian?

Ř     What is the greatest act of faith that you have ever seen?

 

Abraham is called the “Father of Faith”.  He teaches us by his example to be men of faith.

 

RESPONSE TO GOD’S CALL

Genesis 12:1-9

 

V     Look at Genesis 11:27-32. What do you think was Abraham’s religious background?

 

Joshua 24:2 - And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

 

V     Vs. 1- Why do you think God required him to leave his family behind and go to a different land?  How scary was that?

V     As we follow Christ, what does he require that we leave behind? Why?

 

Luke 14:26-27 - If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

V     Why does leaving that which is familiar require faith?

V     Vss. 2-3 – What promises were made to Abraham and how have they been fulfilled?

 

RELINQUISHMENT OF RIGHTS

Genesis 13

 

&  Who was Lot?  How was he different from Abraham?

&   Vss. 5-7 – What are some causes of stress when family

       members live with or near each other?  Why is it

       sometimes harder to live near family than neighbors?

&   In what ways is Abraham’s offer to Lot in Vss. 8-9 a

       very gracious offer?

&   Why could Abraham make such an offer and not feel

       threatened?

&   When should you and I be willing to relinquish our 

        rights?  Who makes relinquishing our rights easier and

        why? Ephesians 5:18, 21

&   Why did Lot make a bad choice in Vss. 10-13?

 

2 Peter 2:8 - (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

 

&   How did Abraham get the better end of the deal? 

       Genesis 13:14-17

&   How do we get a better deal when we relinquish our

       rights?

 

REASSURANCE OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Genesis 15:1-6

 

ü     This event took place after Lot had been taken captive and Abraham had rescued him.

ü     In Vs. 1 what do you think Abraham was afraid of?

ü     Did Abraham have a legitimate complaint inVss.2-3? What was Abraham forgetting?

ü     Abraham was given a tremendous promise in Vss. 4-5.

ü     What great Bible doctrine is reinforced in Vs. 6?

See Romans 5:1.

ü     Why does God require faith to make someone righteous in His sight?

 

REQUEST MADE FOR OTHERS

Genesis 18:17-33

 

«    According to Vss. 17-19 why was God willing to reveal his plans to Abraham?

«    Why do some people have a greater grasp of the Word of God and the mind of God than others?

«    In verses 22-33 Abraham intercedes for Sodom and Gomorrah.  Why do you think Abraham was so adamant?

When we intercede for others, what should be our main concern?

«    How did Abraham’s intercession reflect his faith?

«    What mistake, if any, did Abraham make? Vss. 32-33

 

RELIANCE ON GOD’S PROMISES

Genesis 22

 

J    Sarah had given birth to Isaac.  The promised seed had arrived.

J    Vss. 1-2 – This was a test for Abraham.  What made this test so hard and so puzzling?

J    Why does God test us? James 1:2-4

J    On what was Abraham relying as he took Isaac up to be sacrificed?  Vs. 5, Hebrews 11:17-19

J    In Vss. 7-8, in what ways was this a prophetic utterance?

Genesis 22:13, 1 Peter 1:18-10

J    In Vss. 10-13 what did this test of Abraham prove?

J    What will the tests we face prove?

 

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