Abraham – following where God leads

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This is one of a series of short reflections that can be used by individuals or small groups. It may be worth considering keeping a journal to make notes as you use each reflection.

In this session…..we shall be looking at Abraham, his relationship to God and the way he responded to God’s call.

God says to Abram, “Emigrate! Pack up and take off. I’ll tell you where….” Genesis 12:1 (Word on the Street)

Settling in.
Spend a few moments to prepare to be open to receive from God during this reflection.
You may consider putting your phone on silent for a while. Light a candle. Get comfortable.

Gathering Worship
Listen to this song:
All I once held dear, built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own;
All I once thought gain I have counted loss,
Spent and worthless now compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing.
You’re my all, You’re the best,
You’re my joy, my righteousness,
And I love You Lord.

Now my heart’s desire is to know You more,
To be found in You and know as Yours,
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh to know the power of Your risen life,
And to know You in Your sufferings;
To become like You in Your death, my Lord,
So with You to live and never die.

Reading: Genesis 12:1-9 (The Message)

God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.  I’ll make you a great nation and bless you.
I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”
So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan and arrived safe and sound.
Abram passed through the country as far as Shechem and the Oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites occupied the land.
God appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your children.” Abram built an altar at the place God had appeared to him.
He moved on from there to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent between Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there and prayed to God.
Abram kept moving, steadily making his way south, to the Negev.

Prayer:
Almighty God,
whose chosen servant Abraham
Faithfully obeyed your call
and rejoiced in your promise
that, in him, all the families of the earth should be blessed:
give us a faith like his,
that in us, your promise may be fulfilled;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reflection

Think for a moment of your own life. What examples could you give of having to leave things – or people – behind?

In your small group or on your own reflect on these 3 questions:

1 Share how having to leave things – or people – behind would make you feel.

2 Who or what do you trust in when you are uncertain of the future, and you have got a decision to make?

3. In this passage, Abraham followed God’s call into an unknown future. What would you have done?

Pause for a video. Take a look at this Leap of Faith clip from Indian Jones

Read Hebrews 11:8-16

Remember – Abraham followed God into the unknown… Having seen this film clip consider these questions:

  1. Would you step off the ledge?
  2. What holds you back?
  3. What can Abraham teach us about trusting God and following his call?

Closing Worship

Listen to this song:

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.

Here am I, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will send the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide,
‘Til their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Stepping out of the Circle

May you come to see the song that is written on your heart.
And as you live in tune with the song,
In tune with the creator of the universe, may you realize that you ARE in relationship with the living God.”

For all that has been thanks
For all that will be yes.

This is part of a series originally compiled by Bob Callaghan and Alison Spreadbridge for St Edmund’s Church, Dartford.

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