Contributed on Jun 15, 2010
In this lesson, we introduce the person of Joseph, telling a little about his family background that caused his brothers to sell him into slavery.
Introduction: A. This morning I want to start a new sermon series on the life of the Old Testament person named Joseph. 1. As we will see, he is a man of great faith, integrity and grace. 2. You might be surprised to know that the story of Joseph occupies more space in the book of Genesis than ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2010
In this sermon we learn how Joseph was able to resist the challenging temptation he faced from Potiphar's wife.
Introduction: A. Let me begin by asking you: “What is it that is most tempting to you?” 1. I think it is funny to watch cats stare at a fish bowl or a bird cage – it is so representative of temptation’s attraction. 2. When I was a kid we had cats and they would sit and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 5, 2010
From this episode in Joseph's life, we learn that God is always with us, God can help us grow through our suffering, and we learn that there is a better day coming.
Introduction: A. Let’s begin with a statement that I think that all of us can agree on – “Life just isn’t fair!” 1. Can we all agree on that? 2. Do any of us need proof that life isn’t fair? 3. Look at this cartoon – “Life is unfair…for ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2010
Waiting is one of our greatest challenges. Our timetable is usually not the same as God's. God has a lot to teach us during our waiting periods. Let's see how God used the waiting period to grow Joseph.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who went shopping with his wife at a local department store. 1. They purchased a piece of luggage and a cooler. 2. As the man was waiting for his wife to finish the rest of her shopping he dragged the luggage and cooler with him to the shoe ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2010
Joseph waiting a long time for God to change his circumstances, but the wait was worth it. In this lesson we explore the question of how Joseph kept the time of abundance from destroying him and his relationship with God.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a newspaper reporter who was interviewing an old rancher and asked him this question: “To what do you attribute your success as a rancher?” 1. With a twinkle in his eye, the old rancher replied, “It’s been about 50 percent weather, 50 ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2010
In this lesson we see the wrong way Joseph's brothers dealt with their guilt, and we learn the right way to handle guilt through God's remedy.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who entered a high class restaurant, bought a drink and then immediately threw it into the waiter’s face. 1. Quickly grabbing a napkin, he helped the waiter dry his face while he apologized with great remorse. 2. “I'm so sorry,” he ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2010
In this sermon, we focus on Jacob, Joseph's father, and his negative, faithless attitude. We learn how to overcome those challenges and learn to trust God more.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a group of elderly men who meet every Wednesday for a coffee. 1. They sit for hours drinking their coffee and discussing the problems facing the world. 2. Usually, their discussion is very negative. 3. One day, one of the men surprised his friends by ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2010
In this sermon, we recognize the analogy between the feast of grace that Joseph placed before his brothers, the one that God places before us.
Introduction: A. The story is told of two long-time golfing buddies who decided one day that they would play the ball where it lies, no matter what! (Golfers sometimes move their ball to a better location.) 1. On the 14th hole, one of them sliced his drive and it ended up on the cart path. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2010
In this sermon, we see that not only Joseph, but his brothers, pass the tests with flying colors. The thing that made the biggest difference in Joseph's life was his attitude.
Introduction: A. How many of you liked taking tests in school? Not many of us, I’m sure! B. The story is told of a football coach who walked into the locker room before a game, looked over to his star player and said, “I'm not supposed to let you play since you failed math, but we ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2010
Joseph's reunion with his family is a good illustration of the reunion we will someday have in heaven.
Introduction: A. How many of you have regular family reunions? 1. They can be interesting times, right? All the relatives in one place - telling the family stories and the family secrets. 2. Here are a few family reunion pictures I thought you might enjoy. 3. Picture: Transporting everyone to ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2010
This lesson concludes the series on the life of Joseph. As his story comes to a close we review the main lessons we learn from his life, and we talk about writing the rest of our stories.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a dinner party that was headed for disaster. 1. One man, an insurance executive, was monopolizing the conversation with a lengthy account of recent litigation involving his company. 2. Since the two other guests were lawyers, the host and hostess were ...read more