Last Sunday we reflected on the shameful story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. Why do shocking stories like this belong in our bible? In these stories we are forced to look straight at our own reflection - we see the ugliness of sin and the reality of the curse. But that is not all we see. It is against the dark background of such depravity that we are able to see the triumph of God's grace. Though we may stumble and fall, God's providence ensures the fulfillment of God's promises.
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PREPARING TO HEAR
This week's sermon will be from Genesis 39. Take a few minutes to read the story of Joseph in Potiphar's house and consider these questions:
- What repeated words and phrases appear in this chapter? How do they help form the theological emphasis?
- What contrast do you see between Joseph in ch39 and Judah in ch38?
- How is Joseph's integrity demonstrated and why?
- What can we learn from Joseph's response to temptation?
Pray with me that God would mature our faith and grow us through the teaching of His word, and that we would be strengthened and united as a church by a shared commitment to truth. Pray that unbelievers among us would be convicted of sin, understand the gospel, and be drawn to Christ.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.