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“The Life of Abraham”

Abraham is the founding father of the nation of Israel. However, he himself did not found the nation. Truly God is the founding father. God chose Abram and revealed His plan for Abram’s life. This made Abraham one of the most significant individuals in all of biblical history. The life of Abraham is interesting to Christians because he demonstrated the life of faith. When God revealed His will for Abram (“exalted father”), Abram believed God and became Abraham (“father of a multitude”), He demonstrated what it means to hear the word of God and receive it with the responses of faith and obedience. His responses were not always perfect, but the overall character of His life demonstrated what it means to follow God.

The life of Abraham was not something brand new in the plan and purpose of God. In Genesis 3:15, the LORD God promised to send “the seed of the woman” to defeat Satan and the damage he instigated with Adam and Eve – and to secure the salvation of sinners. The seed promise meant that the seed of the woman (Eve) who was deceived by the Serpent would be the very One (the Messiah, the Christ) who would be victorious in the end. Ultimately the seed was and is Jesus Christ. But the seed promised passed through Abraham because God intended not only to accomplish the victory, and the salvation, but also to restore the dominion that rightly belongs to God alone. The promises of God to Abraham indicated that the seed promise would also include land, nation and blessing (physical and spiritual) in establishing the forever kingdom of God.

Abraham’s life as revealed in Scripture can be divided up into four periods:

  1. Genesis 12-14 The Call Abraham, age 75
  2. Genesis 15-16 The Promise Abraham, age 86
  3. Genesis 17-21 The Covenant Abraham, age 99 – 100
  4. Genesis 22-25 The Test Abraham with Isaac (“a lad”) – age 175

In these four periods, Abraham’s faith in God’s promises is observed. Abraham sometimes faltered, but his faith was firmly established. Faith is the simple response of believing the Word of God. Believers know that this faith is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-10) and not merely the work of man. The response of faith is to believe in God – and then to persevere in that faith. In Abraham’s life, the perseverance of that faith involved bold belief, surrender and loss, obedience, and divine fulfillment of key promises. The life of faith is never easy. In fact, the life of faith is quite impossible apart from the grace of God. Abraham is the example of faith for all to behold and follow.

In this study, examine the life of Abraham in light of his faith – and your faith. See Abraham’s victories and his defeats – his losses because he followed his own desires rather than God – and the faithfulness of God in keeping His covenant, promises and word to Abraham. He will do the same for you! And then, in the last four lessons, observe how the inspired authors of Scripture use Abraham as an example of different aspects of faith in the New Testament. Pray that the Lord will use Abraham as an example for your own faith to be strengthened in your walk with the Lord.

MEMORY WORK: NASB  Download or VIEW

Lessons 1-5: Genesis 12:1-3
Lesson 6-10: Genesis 15:6 22:14
Lessons 11-15: Romans 4:23-25
Lessons 16-20: Galatians 3:13-14
Lessons 21-25: Hebrews 11:1-2 11:6
Lessons 26-30: James 2:20-22

QUESTIONS FOR LESSONS 1-26 (Genesis passages):

1. Describe the historical events in this passage – What is happening?
2. What does this passage reveal about God?
3. What does this passage reveal about man … and you?
4. What part of this passage spoke to your heart in a special way?
5. How does this passage encourage you in living the life of faith?

QUESTIONS FOR LESSONS 27-30 (New Testament passages):

  1. What is significant about Abraham in this passage?
  2. How is Abraham used as an example in this passage?
  3. What does this passage teach us about God?
  4. What does this passage teach us about Christians … about you?
  5. What truth can we learn from this passage to encourage our life of faith?

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LESSONS (“click” title to View or Download): 

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Date

Title

Scripture

Memory

1

09/20/17

“The Abrahamic Covenant”

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Genesis 12: 1-9

Genesis 12:1-3

2

09/27/17

“The Journey to Egypt”

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Genesis 12: 10-12

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3

10/04/17

“The Family Divide”

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Genesis 13: 1-13

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4

10/11/17

“The Land Promise”

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Genesis 13: 14-18

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5

10/18/17

“The Battle and Rescue”

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Genesis 14: 1-16

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6

10/25/17

“The Blessing of the LORD”

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Genesis 14: 17-24

Genesis 15:6

Genesis 22:14

7

11/01/17

“The Promise and Faith”

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Genesis 15: 1-6

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8

11/08/17

“Affirming the Promise”

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Genesis 15: 7-21

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9

11/15/17

“Pursuing the Promise”

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Genesis 16: 1-6

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11/22/17

No meeting due to Thanksgiving

10

11/29/17

“The God Who Sees Me”

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Genesis 16: 7-16

review

Advent Study

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1A

12/06/17

 Matthew 1:23

2A

12/13/17

Review

3A

12/20/17

“One Miraculous Birth in the Presentation of the Messiah”

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Review

12/27/17

No Study due to Christmas Holiday

11

01/03/18

“Abram to Abraham”

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Genesis 17: 1-8

Romans 4:23-25

12

01/10/18

“The Covenant Sign”

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Genesis 17: 9-14 

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13

01/17/18

“Sarai to Sarah”

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Genesis 17: 15-27

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14

01/24/18

“The Promise of Isaac”

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Genesis 18: 1-15

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15

01/31/18

“Abraham’s Intercession”

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Genesis 18: 16-33

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16

02/07/18

“The Wickedness of Sodom”

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Genesis 19: 1-11

Galatians 3:13-14 

02/14/18

No Study due to Spring Bible Conference @TBC

17

02/21/18

“Deliverance and Judgment”

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Genesis 19: 12-29

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18

02/28/18

“Moab and Ammon”

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Genesis 19: 30-38

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19

03/07/18

“The Fear of Man”

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Genesis 20: 1-7

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20

03/14/18

“The Fear of God”

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Genesis 20: 8-18

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21

03/21/18

“The Birth of Isaac”

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Genesis 21: 1-7

Hebrews 11:1-2

Hebrews 11:6

22

03/28/18

“The God Who Hears”

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Genesis 21: 8-21

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23

04/04/18

“The Everlasting God”

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Genesis 21: 22-34

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24

04/11/18

“The Test of Abraham”

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Genesis 22: 1-8

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25

04/18/18

“The Lord Will Provide”

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Genesis 22: 9-19

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26

04/25/18

“The Cave of Machpelah”

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Genesis 23: 1-20

James 2:20-22

27

05/02/18

“Justification by Faith”

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Romans 4: 1-25

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28

05/09/18

“Justification in Christ”

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Galatians 3: 1-29

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29

05/16/18

“Faith and Obedience”

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Hebrews 11: 8-19

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30

05/23/18

“Faith that Works”

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James 2: 14-26

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05/30/18

Wrap-up and Launch at Hillcrest