Journey Through – Joseph – 25/09/22

Passages: Genesis 37-50

As we read through the story of Joseph we see that God does not abandon His plans or His people and that He works all things for His good.

Josephs descends… Genesis: 37-40

God is in all circumstances…

In these chapters, through scheming, pride and power grabs Joseph finds himself horribly and unfairly descending to the pit.

Firstly he is cast out of his family, next he his trafficked to Egypt, then he is wrongly accused, thrown into prison (the pit) and left forgotten and alone. As we read this we can rightly begin to wonder, what is going on and where is God? However, what we see is that God is with Joseph. What is communicated to us here and throughout the book of Genesis is that God has not abandoned His people or His plans, and even in the darkest of times, He is present.

Joseph ascends… Genesis: 41-50

God is working all things for His good…

Next we see that Joseph ascends out of the pit to a position of great influence and power. This is a position where Joseph will do great good, saving many people and preventing a catastrophic famine that would have impacted many nations.

Joseph points to God as the source behind this blessing and reveals that while people can force circumstances that intend to cause harm, this will not have the final say because God, in all circumstances is working for His good.

The picture of Jesus…

This hope in God’s ultimate goodness is seen most clearly in Jesus. Through Josephs story we to see the foreshadowing of Jesus, the one who will truly be rejected and abandoned, the one who will defeat all wrong, rise to glory and extend love, forgiveness and reconciliation to the world.

Next Week

As we journey through the Bible let us ask, how does knowing this help me to become wise for salvation through faith in Jesus?

  1. What does it teach me? 
  2. How does it rebuke me?
  3. Is it correcting something in my life?
  4. What training can I put into place to help me live a righteous life?
  5. How is this equipping me for every good work?

Additional questions you may wish to consider for personal study or in Life Groups.

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?

Introducing Others to Jesus – Paul in Athens – 08/05/22

PASSAGE: Acts 17:16-34

After being on the run for his life, Paul finds himself in Athens, a cultural and intellectual hotspot of the Roman Empire. Here there are many views on life, ideas to debate, gods to worship and the Christian faith isn’t overly familiar. While this is very different to the world we find ourselves in now, in some ways it feels familiar and so as we look to live out or faith in the places we find ourselves in, with the people we meet, what might we learn from Paul?

1. Paul makes CONNECTS with the ideas around him

One way Paul CONNECTS with where he is, is through paying attention to where he is and who he is with. A way to consider in doing this ourselves is through LISTENING WELL, with HUMILITY and in PRAYER.

2. Paul makes CONTACT with the ideas around him. 

As we approach our culture we can do so in 3 ways. We can EMBRACE it, ESCAPE it or ENGAGE it. By ENGAGING the culture we do so with ANYONE who might cross our path and by COMMUNICATING with them in a way they can understand.

3. Paul presents a CHALLENGE to the worldview of the people he meets.

In his interactions with others, Paul takes the opportunity to present a CHALLENGE to their thoughts and beliefs. We can do this ourself in a way thats centred on PRAYER by… 

Praying for OPPORTUNITIES, AWARENESS and COURAGE.

CONNECT, CONTACT and CHALLENGE. In looking to INTRODUCE HIM TO OTHERS, these observations of Pauls time in Athens may provide some help for our own lives.  

Questions to consider PERSONALLY or within LIFE GROUPS. 

  1. What from the passage comes alive to you when you read it? WHY do you think that is? WHAT might it mean?
  2. CONNECTING, CONTACTING and CHALLENGING… What of these 3 areas do you find easiest/most difficult? Why?
  3. What might it look like for you to try CONNECTING, CONTACTING and/or CHALLENGING in the up coming week?
  4. Who would be 1 PERSON and what would be 1 AREA that you could pray for this week in relation to this mornings thoughts? 

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?