In Genesis 12, we see God coming to Abraham calling him out of darkness into light. What we see with God calling Abraham is also true for us today. The call of God is necessary, costly, rewarding, and missional. It’s necessary because without God’s call, we will remain in darkness. It’s costly because God calls us to forget everything we wanted and come to him for everything we truly need. It’s rewarding because God replaces our idols with himself and gives us a new identity. It’s missional because God doesn’t call you out of darkness to bless you without sending you out to be a blessing. Have you answered the call of God—to come to Jesus trusting him and walking out of darkness into the light?
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. 2 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. 3 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.”
1. Was there anything from the sermon or the big idea that stood out to you or challenged you? Was there anything new? Was there anything confusing?
2. What stands out to you in Genesis 12 and why?
3. Spend some time praying for one another, praying for the lost, praying for your city, and praying for God to provide for the future church plant in Checotah.
You’ll never answer the costly call of God—to give up everything and trust Jesus, to come out of darkness into light—until you are moved by the fact that Jesus answered the call that was far more costly than yours. He gave himself up for you on the cross. He was thrown into the darkness so you could walk into the light. You’ll never answer the missional call of God—living all of life for the good of others and the glory of God—until you see and trust that Jesus is the great missionary that came to bless you. Jesus came from heaven and loved you, healed you, and served you.
When you see His cost, you’ll gladly pay your cost.
When you see his mission to bless you, you’ll gladly live to bless others.
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