Thank you for joining us for a special time of worship this weekend.
I pray that your time with us in today's worship encourages your faith and helps you move closer to Jesus as you discover more of his plan for your life.
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This week's announcements:
Today's Order of Worship
Songs for Worship
Honor and Praise
Oh How I Love Jesus
Take Our Bread
See a Victory
What a Beautiful Name
How Great is Our God
Genesis #46: The Life - The 50/20 Rule Genesis 50
Compare and Contrast:
Similarity #1: Old Fathers Similarity #2: Barren Mothers Similarity #3: Answers to prayer Similarity #4: Prophetic greatness Similarity #6: Way makers Similarity #7: True significance followed them Similarity #8: Reputation of righteousness Similarity #9: Opposition to adultery Similarity #10: Women had them imprisoned Similarity #10: At the age of 30 life changed One Great Difference
Question to ask:
Where is God?
Lessons to Learn
First, do not assume you will have a __________ __________. Second, God is source of life, and it lasts as __________ _____ _______ _______________. Third, Life’s ease is not a measure of ___________ _______________.
The 50/20 Rule
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: Working through Difficulties
Whenever people come together for a shared purpose, they should acknowledge potential difficulties. Each person has ways of communicating, expectations, or baggage from the past. These might be traditions, or unspoken ways of handling problems. They might be differing communication methods, or past hurts that people have buried. What are the difficulties that might be facing the new church?
Pray for an awareness of the potential difficulties that may hinder the church. John 13:35
Pray for an openness to new traditions. Gal 1:14
Pray for conflict and hard feelings to be forgiven. Matt 6:14
Pray for ineffective systems to be set aside. Mark 2:22
Pray for clear communication of expectations. Jer 29:11
Pray that turf issues will be minimal. 1 Cor 1:10
Pray for a healthy grief process. Matt 5:4
Take it Home
What is mean for evil can be intended by God for good. Joseph went through evil but is delivered to save many lives. Later, Jesus will go through evil as he is crucified for the sins of the world, but God meant it for good so that many could be forgiven and brought into relationship with God. But then there is John the Baptist, who experienced evil but was not delivered. Yet God was faithful. God didn't love John any less than Joseph, God didn't approve of John any less than Jesus, yet his experience was far different. Seeing this give us hope when things don't go the way we want or think they should; God is faithful.
Read Genesis 50:15-21
Think about a movie you really enjoy. What was your experience when you watched that movie the first time vs when you rewatched it. How does knowing the ending, plot twists and drama effect how you view the film? What would it be like to go through the various trials of life again if you knew how they’d turn out?
Why doesn’t Joseph use this as an opportunity for revenge? How does God’s sovereignty free us from needing to seek revenge? (Read Romans 12:14-21 to help form your thoughts and discussion).
Joseph looked back on the events of his life and states to his brothers “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” Notice the action or event doesn’t change, the only thing that changes is the perspective of its purpose. What gives Joseph confidence to declare that God can mean evil things for good? How should this aspect of God’s character help us in times of suffering?
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