OT Tour: God Calls Abram
God Calls Abram
1. God calls Abram out of a comfortable place to an unknown place.
“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.’” Gen 12:1
2. God promises to bless him.
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Gen 12:2
3. In an act of faith, Abram responds to God’s call by packing up and leaving.
So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Gen 12:4-5
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8
4. Abram experiences a life-long journey of faith with the God who called him.
• It is worth noting that this was not an easy journey but was challenging and filled with all sorts of ups and downs.
God Calls Us
1. As with Abram, God regularly calls us to a faith edge, a place where he wants us to leave what is comfortable and move into something unknown.
2. There is a portion of God’s blessing for us that can only be found in the new place.
3. We accept God’s call when we respond in faith and move out.
4. If we do respond, we will not receive a lifetime of comfort, but a lifetime of challenge and growth.
The Bottom Line Questions: Where is your faith edge? Where is God calling you to move out? Are you moving out?
Taking This Further: Pick up the study questions and use them for personal, family or small group study.
1. Begin by reading Genesis 12:1-9 and then answer these questions about God’s cal of Abram.
• What are some of the clues in the passage that suggest Abram likely had a pretty comfortable life? How might that have made it hard to pack up and go?
• What does God call Abram to do? How much detail does God give Abram? What is your theory as to why God doesn’t give him more info?
• What was the blessing that God promises to Abram?
• What does it say about Abram that he actually packs up and moves out?
• How is faith the appropriate word to describe what Abram does? Read Hebrews 11:8-10. What does it say about this?
• Read Genesis 12:10-20. In what way does this early incident show that Abram’s journey would not be an easy one?
2. Reflect on the lessons that Abram’s call has for our lives.
• How important is your comfort to you? In what ways does comfort make it hard for you to hear God’s call?
• In the message we talked about a “faith edges”, the places where God calls us to step away from what is comfortable in the unknown. Come up with at least 5 specific examples of those faith edges from your own life.
• As you think about the 5 examples, what are the blessings that are only available when we step out in faith? What might we miss if we don’t step out?
• If this hasn’t already come up, in what way is Jesus’ call to us to accept him as Savior a faith edge? What are the blessings that come with a yes to Jesus?
• How would you rate yourself at stepping out in faith when God calls? Share a time when you said yes. Share another when you said no.
• Why might it be important to realize that responding in faith and stepping out to follow God’s call is not a promise of an easy or uncomplicated life?
3. What is one step of faith you are facing right now? Are you going to take it? Well, are you?
4. Do you have any questions or observations from the other readings this week?
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