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July 1, 2018

God of the Pits

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Scripture Lesson

Genesis 46:1-4; Philippians 2:12-13

Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt

When Israel set out on his journey with all that he had and came to Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; and Joseph’s own hand shall close your eyes.’

Shining as Lights in the World

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
God of the Pits
Genesis 46:1-4; Philippians 2:12-13

I. Introduction: Dustin
II. Title: Erma Bombeck, If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? (1978)
III. Jacob/Israel in the pits (Gen. 46:1-4)
     A. Back stories
         1. God’s promise to Abraham (46:3)
         2. Joseph in Egypt
     B. Jacob/Israel on the border (46:1)
     C. God’s reassurance
         1. “Do not be afraid” (46:3)
         2. The promise endures (46:3)
         3. I will go with you (46:4)
IV. Paul and the Philippians in the pits (Phil. 2:12-13)
     A. Paul is in prison (2:12)
     B. The Philippians are persecuted
     C. “God is at work in you” (2:13)
V. We might be in the pits
     A. Do not be afraid
     B. God’s promises endure
         1. God is with us
         2. God is at work
     C. God of the nations
VI. Conclusion: John Hancock (1736-93)


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