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September 2013

Fighting Envy

Gps_icon1 Read Genesis 37:1-11. From these verses, how would you describe Joseph to someone who had never met him?

Why do you think Joseph behaves the way he does?

Would you want him for a brother? Why or why not?

What emotions and feelings led Joseph’s brothers to respond as they did to his dreams?

Is there an area of your life where envy rears its head?


Hope In The Darkness

Jacket-icon-256 This week in The Story we examine Chapter 3 "Joseph: From Slavery to Deputy Pharaoh."

Monday: Read Genesis 37:1-11. From these verses, how would you describe Joseph to someone who had never met him? Why do you think Joseph behaves the way he does? Would you want him for a brother? Why or why not? What emotions and feelings led Joseph’s brothers to respond as they did to his dreams? Is there an area of your life where envy rears its head?

Tuesday: Read Genesis 39:1, Genesis 39:4, and Genesis 39:20. How do Joseph’s prospects look in Verse 1? How do Joseph’s prospects look in Verse 4? Finally, how do Joseph’s prospects look in Verse 20? In each of these verses how real do you think Joseph’s dreams were to him at that time? What do these passages and Joseph’s journey tell us about God and His pursuit and formation of Agents of Hope?

Wednesday: Read Genesis 40. Describe what you think Joseph’s emotions and thoughts were during and after the events of this chapter. Have you ever been forgotten, sidelined, left out in the cold, or even imprisoned? What lessons came out of your trial?

Thursday: Read Genesis 42:1-14. What are possible reasons why Joseph delayed revealing himself to his brothers? Which of the following possible reason is most unlikely and which is most likely? He wanted revenge. He enjoyed the irony and the surprise.He felt they needed to feel pain for their sin against him. Joseph’s dream required for them to bow before him.

Friday: Read Genesis 45:1-7. How could Joseph embrace his brothers after what they had done to him? Can you think of someone who has hurt and done wrong to you? Did you find that it was is easy, hard, or impossible to act as Joseph did?

Saturday: Read Genesis 50:1-20. What do the events of Joseph’s story tell us about the overall story of God’s pursuit of humanity and redemption? How does the story of Joseph point to Jesus or challenge you to be more like Him?

The Bible passages covered in The Story from Chapter 3 is: Genesis 37; Genesis 39; Genesis41-48; and Genesis 50.


Strong Promises

Gps_icon1 Read Genesis 12:1-4. What did God tell Abram He would do for him?

What would happen through Abram to all peoples on the earth?

What part of this promise is quite surprising since Abram and Sarai are childless?

How did Abram show his faith in God?

Where is God calling you to go in your life?

How are you answering that call?


THE STORY: Chapter 2 - “God Builds a Nation” And Brings ‘Hope in the Darkness’

World This week in The Story we are examining Chapter 2 where “God Builds a Nation.”

Monday: Read Genesis 12:1-4. What did God tell Abram He would do for him? What would happen through Abram to all peoples on the earth? What part of this promise is quite surprising since Abram and Sarai are childless? How did Abram show his faith in God? Where is God calling you to go in your life? How are you answering that call?

Tuesday: Read Hebrews 11:8-12. How does “by-faith living” stretch Abraham and Sarah in these summary verses of their lives in Genesis? Where do you find yourself living “by faith” this day? Where do you struggle to live “by faith”? How does this lead you to pray for God’s guidance?

Wednesday: Read Genesis 22:1-2. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to test Abraham’s faith and also used this as a foreshadowing of God’s own sacrifice of His Son. Is there an area of your life that God is calling you to “sacrifice”? Identify the next steps you need to take.

Thursday: Read Genesis 22:6-8. We typically focus on the faith of Abraham in these verses. What impresses you with the faith of Isaac? As you picture this scene from Isaac’s perspective, what glimpse does that give you to the uniqueness of God’s work in

Friday: Read Genesis 22:12-14 and Hebrews 11:17-19. Why does Abraham call the place, “The LORD will provide”? How is Abraham’s faith surprised? Affirmed? Where do you need for the Lord to provide in the lives of those you love today? How are you praying specifically for God’s provision in their lives? In your life?

Saturday: Read Genesis 12:1-5. Nearly everyone has experienced the playground process of choosing teams. Compare the way God chooses His “team” with the way you choose your “team.” Whom in your life do you need to see from God’s perspective? On which “team” might God be calling you?

If you would like to GO DEEPER check out:

  1. Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
  2. Abraham: Holding Fast to the Will of God by Gene Getz (Men of Character Series)

The Bible passages covered in Chapter 2: Genesis 12:1-5, Hebrews 11:8, Genesis 12:6-7, 13:5-6, 13:14-18, Hebrews 11:9-10, Genesis 15:1-6, Romans 4:18-22, Genesis 16:9-17:11, 17:14-16, 21:1-2, Hebrews 11:11-12, Genesis 21:3-20, Genesis 22:1-13, Hebrews 11:17-19, Genesis 22:14-18, Genesis 32:3-30, Genesis 33:1-12, Genesis 35:1-7, Genesis 35:9-12, Genesis 35: 16-19, Genesis 35:22, and Genesis 35:27-29.