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April 18th Worship Program


Thank you for joining us for worship today.

Today, as we move through the Easter season, we continue our study from the book of Genesis, THE BLESSING. Throughout this study, we focus on Jacob and his family as the instruments and objects of God's blessing for the world.

I pray that your participation in today's worship helps you move closer to Jesus and reveals more of his plan for your life.


Worship Schedule:

8:30 am

Live @Raum Chapel

9:30 am

Live @Wesley Chapel

Live on our Worship Line: (443) 252-2878

11:00 am

Live @Rock Hall Church

On-Demand

 

This week's announcements


Click here for our Charge Calendar

 

Today's Order of Worship

Welcome

Morning Prayer

Opening Songs

Pastoral Prayer

Message

Closing Worship

Benediction


Songs for worship:

9:30am

Honor and Praise

To God be the Glory

Here I Am Lord

11:00am

Great Are You Lord

It Is Well

Who You Say I Am

 

Message Notes

Genesis #30: The Blessing - Finding Jacob


A Divine Appointment


No Surprises


Plans Fearfully Made


A prayer that puts things in perspective


Jacob’s Plan B


The blessing we seek is right here

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. – CS Lewis

When we find God, we find ourselves

 

Take it Home:


Read Genesis 32:1-21

  • What conflict enters the story and how does Jacob respond to it?

  • Focus on Genesis 32:9-12. What does Jacob believe about God? How does Jacob demonstrate helplessness and trust? Does this seem new to Jacob’s character and if so, how?

Read Genesis 32:22-32


This is probably one of the strangest accounts in the book of Genesis. The text begins somewhat vague and moves towards giving us clues about what is really happening.

How has Jacob’s life been marked by a pursuit of blessing and why does he ask this “man” to bless him? (It may be helpful as a group to define blessing and what Jacob had been looking for throughout his life).

  • Why does God have Jacob own his identity by asking him his “name” in the text? This will be the first time in the Bible Jacob answers this question truthfully and says that his name is “Jacob”.

  • How does this narrative model what it looks like to place our faith and trust in Jesus? How does it speak to the need to daily surrender our lives and pursue humility in Christ?

 

This week's prayer focus:


  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, give us a deep passion for the work of Christ. Luke 4:18-19

  • Monday - Our Church: God, develop spiritual growth & maturity in Your church. Hebrews 5:12-14

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our pastor proclaim Your Word boldly. 2 Timothy 4:2

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help couples be faithful to the marriage promises they made to You and to each other. Hebrews 13:4

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, we thank you for those who serve in our community. 1 John 3:16

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people commit themselves to a life of purity of mind and body. Psalm 119:9-11

  • Saturday - Adults: God, help our adults find and fulfill Your purpose for their lives. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Merger Prayer Focus: Making New Disciples

The “Great Commission,” as it is called, sends Jesus’ disciples out into the world to make new disciples. We are to go into all the world, presenting the Good News message and inviting others to become disciples. A disciple is one who follows the teacher, learning from the teacher, and doing what the teacher instructs.

  1. Pray for new people. Matthew 28:19

  2. Pray for children. Matthew 19:14

  3. Pray for young families Rom 10:14-15

  4. Pray for more diverse people. Revelation 7:9

  5. Pray that God would bring people from all directions. Luke 13:29

  6. Pray for unchurched people Acts 1:8

  7. Pray for people to accept Christ as SaviorJohn 14:6

 

Bible Reading Plan:


Join us for our 5x5x5 New Testament Reading Plan. 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, & 5 questions to go deeper.




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