Sunday 7th August 2016: 9.30am
Family Services are held on the first Sunday of the month at 9.30am. This post refers to a service that took place on Sunday 7th 2016.
This service will explore the story of Abram, who met with God and was promised that he would have as many descendants as the stars in the sky even though he and his wife, Sarai, were old enough to be great grandparents!!
How did Abram meet God?
Did Abram and Sarai have faith in God’s promise?
Can we talk to and listen to God in the same way these days?
Find out this Sunday!
Families are especially welcome to this interactive and creative service.
Below are the bible stories so you can read ahead:
Genesis 15:1-5 (ERV)
After all these things happened, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. God said, “Abram, don’t be afraid. I will defend you and give you a great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, there is nothing you can give me that will make me happy, because I have no son. My slave Eliezer from Damascus will get everything I own after I die.” Abram said, “You have given me no son, so a slave born in my house will get everything I have.”
Then the Lord spoke to Abram and said, “That slave will not be the one to get what you have. You will have a son who will get everything you own.”
Then God led Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky. See the many stars. There are so many you cannot count them. Your family will be like that.”
Hebrews 11:1-3, 6-11 (ERV)
Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they had faith like this.
Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by his command. This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.
Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.
Noah was warned by God about things that he could not yet see. But he had faith and respect for God, so he built a large boat to save his family. With his faith, Noah showed that the world was wrong. And he became one of those who are made right with God through faith.
God called Abraham to travel to another place that he promised to give him. Abraham did not know where that other place was. But he obeyed God and started traveling because he had faith. Abraham lived in the country that God promised to give him. He lived there like a visitor who did not belong. He did this because he had faith. He lived in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who also received the same promise from God. Abraham was waiting for the city that has real foundations. He was waiting for the city that is planned and built by God.
Sarah was not able to have children, and Abraham was too old. But he had faith in God, trusting him to do what he promised. And so God made them able to have children.