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Thirteenth in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 50:1-26

Main Point:  In this drama of life and death, we can trust that God will still accomplish his good plan.

  1. Jacob’s life is even celebrated by the empire [1-14]
  2. Joseph’s mercy shows he shares God’s perspective [15-21]
    1. Romans 8:28
    2. Jeremiah 29:11
    3. Proverbs 19:21
  3. Joseph’s death is full of hope for his people [22-26]
    1. Hebrews 11:22

Applications and Next Steps:

  • What are some promises that God has made to you on to which you are holding?
  • How do we go about seeing the bad circumstances of our lives from God’s perspective?
  • How do you go about honoring those people who you value in your life?

Tenth in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 46:1-47:12

Main Point:  God has ways of resolving terrible situations that are far better than we could ever imagine.

  1. Grateful hearts experience God’s relentless presence [46:1-7]
    1. John 10:2-4
    2. Genesis 15:13-15
    3. Psalm 139:7-10
  2. God’s heart can be illustrated in a father-son relationship [46:28-30]
    1. Luke 2:29-32
    2. 1 Corinthians 2:9
  3. God often uses those considered weak to bless the strong [47:7-12]
    1. 1 Peter 2:11-12

Application Questions:

  1. How do you go about expressing gratitude to God in your everyday life?
  2. Who is a person towards whom you need to show appreciation?
  3. Who is a person who needs to hear a word of blessing from you?

Passing The Test

Ninth in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 43:15 – 44:34

Main Point:  A truly repentant heart changes our perspective on suffering.

  1. Joseph orchestrates the perfect test of character [43:15-44:2]
    1. Luke 15:20
  2. The brothers face the grim consequences of sin [44:3-44:17]
    1. Proverbs 17:13
    2. Deuteronomy 18:10-11
    3. Galatians 6:7
  3. Judah aces the essay portion of the exam [44:18-34]

Application Questions:

  • What do the difficult times in your life reveal about your character?
  • How do we go about having our character changed?
  • Who are people in your life that you have hurt?

Genesis 42:1-38; Genesis 43:1-14

Main Point:  When even a dysfunctional family becomes honest about their need, they are drawn toward a reunion only God could orchestrate.

  1.  Fully understanding our circumstances is beyond us [42:1-26]
    1. Matthew 18:15-17
  2. Blaming God for our problems is always a terrible idea [42:27-38]
  3. Where our hope fails, God’s mercy is just getting started [43:1-14]

Application Questions:

  1.  For what moments of past pain do you blame God for hostility or negligence?
  2. How often do you believe the enemy’s lie that God does not really care about you and your needs?
  3. Who is someone who you need to forgive and perhaps seek reconciliation?
  4. Have you yet resigned yourself to God’s mercy?

Seventh in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 41:37-57

Main Point:  God desires that His people, when given the opportunity, do their work well, and bless others through their efforts.

  1. The dreamer is promoted to leader of the ancient world [37-45]
    1. Luke 10:21-24
  2. The ancient world is rescued by their visionary’s action [46-49, 53-57]
    1. Proverbs 11:26
    2. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
  3. The family of promise multiplies even outside their land [50-52]
    1. Genesis 12:1-3

Application Questions:

  1. How could you improve the way that you currently work to the glory of God?
  2. What opportunities do you have in your current workplace to actually help others?
  3. In what areas of your life do you still insist on maintaining final control?

Sixth in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 41:1-36

Main Point:  Through suffering, God often places his people where they need to be to fulfill his good plans.

  1.  Beyond their capacity, nations face painful catastrophes [1-13]
    1. Luke 13:1-5
  2. Through His people, God is at work even during disasters [14-24]
    1. Daniel 2:20-23
  3. Behind the scenes, God ensures His plan is accomplished [25-36]
    1. Romans 8:28
    2. Proverbs 16:20-21
  4. Application Questions:
    1. When have you seen in hindsight how God used a time of suffering in your life to advance his plan?
    2. How do we go about being patient when we are facing a lengthy period of suffering?
    3. How can we become wiser in the advice we give to our coworkers or supervisors?

The Better Person

Third in the series “Back On Track”

Genesis 38:1-30

Main Point:  God actually cares about us treading other people with gentleness.

  • God’s people sometimes have highly dysfunctional families [1-23]
    • Deuteronomy 25:5-6
  • God’s concern with morality is primarily that we treat others justly [24-26]
    • Leviticus 20:12
  • God’s goals can be accomplished even through our mistakes
    • Matthew 1:2-3
  • Applications and Next Steps:
    • What is a form of immorality in your life about which you hold a double standard?
    • Who is a person, or a group of people, towards whom you are unjust or prejudicial?
    • How might God still be working out his plan in your life even right now?