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Introduction

The life of the great patriarch Abraham compromises a large portion of Genesis. As we continue studying through the entire book, we learn from Abraham what it means to live by faith.  

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SERIES TITLE: Living By Faith

SESSION FIVE: Through Values

TEXT: Genesis 25


INTRODUCTION.

The life of the great patriarch Abraham compromises a large portion of Genesis. As we continue studying through the entire book, we learn from Abraham what it means to live by faith.

DISCUSSION.

Growing up, did you consider yourself a “favored” child?  Why or why not?

EXAMINATION.

  • 25:19-22 What stands out to you about the situations Isaac and Rebekah faced, and what is commendable about their response?
  • 25:23-26 Why do you think God chose one son over the other, even before birth?
  • 25:27-34 Based on this text, how would you describe Esau? Jacob?

APPLICATION.

  • Read Hebrews 12:16-17. How does this inform your understanding of this story and how it connects to believers today?
  • Consider how the following statement might apply in your life: “When you value the wrong things, you miss God’s blessing.”
  • Are there any ways you have lived as a “heel grabber”, always striving to put yourself in a place of favor and blessing with others and with God?
    Can you think of some practical examples of how to value God’s promises more than your own desires?
  • How can you overcome the tendency to value the approval of others more than God’s approval?
  • Hebrews 12:23 refers to the entire family of God as firstborn children. What difference should that make in your life?
  • When you consider your relationship with God as your Heavenly Father, do you consider yourself a favored and beloved son or daughter? Why or why not?
  • What can you do to improve your perspective?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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