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A New Beginning: The Man of Faith

By Scott Masson/ June 14, 2015

Series  Genesis 1-11: Creation, Covenant and Culture

Context  Westminster Chapel Toronto

Topic  Salvation

Scripture  Genesis 11:10-12:3

Leaving his father's house, Abraham follows the Lord's call in faith and receives His salvation promises.

Scripture:  Genesis 11:10-12:3

Sermon Notes:

  1. This passage marks a new segment of redemptive history.
  2. The work of God in the lives of believers is always a work of redemption; He brings new blessings every morning.
  3. God’s work is not limited to ancient history; He speaks today to people who need life and redemption.
  4. God created the world out of nothing, and He created all things good.
  5. Sin and death came into the world through the free choice of one man, Adam.
  6. The holy God cannot tolerate sin, and He makes us holy that we might fellowship with Him.
  7. God is not only the Creator, but He is also the Destroyer who judges sin and cleanses the earth.
  8. The global scope of the gospel is evident in the early chapters of Genesis (Gen. 3:15 cf. Gen. 12:3).
  9. The genealogies connect the promise of salvation by faith through biblical history from Adam to Christ.
  10. Today, those motivated by fear are killing and building fortresses and buying insurance to protect against loss.
  11. We are secure in the knowledge of God’s faithful care.
  12. Abraham breaks from his father’s house, and follows the Lord’s call to receive God’s salvation promises.
  13. The call of God upon Abraham is to step out in faith, to depart from his home and to live in the communion and blessing of God.
  14. Abraham was called the friend of God for his faith (James 2:23).
  15. We too can be friends of God through faith in Christ (Gal. 3:7-9).
  16. Like Abraham we live in a world that is going after idols and transgression.
  17. In the midst of unique circumstances, God is working with each of us individually.
  18. We’re called to follow faithfully wherever God leads.

Application Questions:

  1. What are the major themes in Genesis that illumine the rest of Scripture?
  2. How are the biblical genealogies important to redemptive history?
  3. Where do we find evidence of the global scope of the gospel in Genesis 1-11?
  4. What is the key to becoming a friend of God?
  5. Are we ready to follow wherever God leads?