Pastor Tom Fenske’s message was on “How To Live With Significance.” “An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” (G.K. Chesterton)
WHY WE MOVE
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE WITH SIGNIFICANCE, FOLLOW GOD WHEREVER HE LEADS
ABRAM’S JOURNEY …
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (Bilbo to Frodo in ‘Lord of the Rings’)
1. ABRAM IS CALLED BY GOD
Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
2. HE PACKS FOR THE TRIP
Genesis 12:4-5a So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan.
3. HE SETS UP CAMP
Genesis 12:5b-7 When they arrived in Canaan, Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
4. HE CONTINUES TO MOVE
Genesis 12:8-9 After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord. Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.
TRAVEL GUIDE – WHAT WE LEARN ABOUT SIGNIFICANCE FROM ABRAM
“… there are two classes of travel: First class, and with children.” (Robert Benchly)
1. KNOW WHERE YOU’RE HEADED
2. BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP
3. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS
4. DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS
GOD IS NOT A TREE
JESUS WALKING WITH US IS WHAT MAKES OUR JOURNEY RICH
Genesis 15:1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”