Sunday, April 29, 2012

Going Back in Order to Go Forward

Bible Reading

Genesis 50:15-22 NIV
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?" So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your father left these instructions before he died: 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.' Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father." When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said. But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten years.

Sermon Notes
Our family upbringing plays a huge influence on how we deal with issues and react to them. I encourage you to read about Joseph in the book of Genesis to get a greater understanding of today's message. 1. Recognise the Iceberg in You From Your Family 2. We are to discern the good that God intends through and in-spite of your family and past 3. We have to make the decision to do the hard work of discipleship

My Copious Notes

We each have our own beliefs and traditions, passed down to us by our families.

What are the things in your life that hold you back from being all that God wants you to be?

May God bless you richly this week.


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