Sunday School Material 10-6-13: The Promise of A Future


(Genesis 15:5-21; 10/6/13)

Introduction::A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is God promises to bless Abram and his decedents. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if we trust the promises of God.

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Body:

Read Genesis 15:5-6

I. A People in the Future. In our Sunday School material the Lord took Abram outside for a conversation. The Lord had Abram to know that he would have as many off springs as there are stars in the sky.

There is mention that Abram received credit for righteousness because of his faith.

Applications -

- Receiving credit for faith. Notice in vs. 6 of our Sunday School material that Abram receives credit for righteousness because of his faith.

This is similar to how believers receive credit for righteousness because of our faith in Jesus’ payment for our sins.

On one hand, we should rejoice in having access to righteousness. On the other hand, we should remember that we have nothing to brag about.

If it were not for God’s gracious willingness to give us credit for righteousness based on faith, we would all be Hell bound.

Let’s live like we appreciate receiving credit for righteousness based on our faith. Such living should be known for obeying God’s call for us to love Him and others, as we love ourselves.

Read Genesis 15:7-16

II. A Possession in the Future. There is discussion in our Sunday School material about how Abram would receive his blessings.

Animals are sacrificed as a part of a covenant ceremony. The Lord explains that there will be a period of oppression, but God would deliver.

Applications -

- God’s plan. Notice in vss. 7, 13-14 that God brought Abram out of Ur, so that God could give him the promised land. There will be some hard times before the blessings are enjoyed, but the blessings are on the way.

In like manner, God often brings us out of one situation to send us to a better situation. Thus, it is to our advantage to keep the faith, when things get rough. God has a plan that is bigger than our current troubles.

As God had blessings after 400 years of slavery, in our Sunday School material, God has blessed plans for His people – no matter how long it takes. Let’s work on keeping our faith in God, even when things seem to be too difficult for too long.

Supportive fellowship and relationships with other believers will prove to be very helpful with this application.

- The blessing of old age. Notice in vs. 15 of our Sunday School material the blessing of old age given to Abram. It seems as if our culture has placed a greater value on being young than experiencing longevity.

On one hand, surely it would be good to have the energy and in some cases the courage of a young adults. But on the other hand, young adulthood doesn’t last. It is simply a season.

With longevity often (but not always) comes the blessings of wisdom and experience. With longevity may come the privilege to coach and encourage a new generation with the lessons you have learned.

Let’s work on appreciating the blessings of getting older. In the neighborhood of this idea are the issues of taking care of our health - eating right, exercise, rest, stress management, and doctor visits.

Read Genesis 15:17-21

III. A Promise to Abram. When it was dark outside, a torch appeared. The torch passed through the sacrificed animals.  In our Sunday School material the Lord promised land to Abraham’s decedents.

Applications -

- The promises of God. Notice in vss. 17-18 that God made a promise and can be counted on to keep His promises. It is often difficult to get people to make promises and often times more difficult to get them to keep their promises.

But thank God, God makes and keeps His promises. Let’s live like we appreciated God making and keeping His promises. Such living should be known for obedience.

Such living should be known for keeping our promises as well. Think about our wedding vows, church covenants, and other agreements to which we have committed.

- The blessing of wealth. Notice in vss. 18-21 of our Sunday School material that God had plans to bless Abrams people with land. This would be a great text to help us see that God is concerned with the economic well being of His people.

“Yes” there are other ways to be blessed, other than land and wealth. However, it is also true that land and wealth are important, especially in a capitalistic society. Let’s live as if we believe that wealth is important.

Such living should be known for giving diligence to things like earning high, spending low, investing, and passing wealth on, in the name of Jesus.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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