Summary: We're doing entire messages on Bible Characters and talking about how they all were flawed, sinful, and had tough circumsances, yet they had close encounters with Almighty God. Today is Abraham. The outline: 1-His Calling Was Soverign. 2-His Mistakes
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS SERIES
2 – ABRAHAM
This morning, we are continuing our sermon series called “Close Encounters”
And we’re talking about the lives of the great people of God in the Bible who had CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with God
And we’re going to be talking about the fact that no matter who you are, or what you’ve done, you too can have CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with the living God
And if there’s ever been day to have CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with God is now…
--we’re living in the last days
--these are the days of great opportunity
And if for no other reason, than because the world that is watching our lives
Did you know that we as Christians should be a witness for Jesus? But not only a witness, but we ought to be part of the EVIDENCE
Did you know that a Christian is not only the greatest argument for Christianity, he can also be the greatest argument against Christianity.
Do you know what Mahatma Gandhi said? He said, "I would have become a Christian if it had not been for the Christians."
And oh how like never before, do we need for Christians to be on fire for God, not…
--with one foot in the world
--sanctified and “cranctified”
But we need some believers…
--who have been alone with Jesus
--who have holy fire
And most importantly who’ve had CLOSE ENCOUNTERS with God like never before
And before you think…
--you’re not holy enough
--you’re not educated enough
--you’ve made too many mistakes
You’ll learn very quickly, that the greatest people who had the closest encounters with God were people just like you and me
People who had…
But at the same time, people who HAD CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH GOD!
And last week, we began this series by talking about ADAM, and today, we’re going to be looking at another great person who had close encounters with God, and his name is ABRAHAM
So, with that in mind, let’s read…
Genesis 12:1-5 ( KJV ) 1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
If you could list the top 100 most influential people of all human acheivement, Abraham would be in the top 5
Because without question, there is no one man that has impacted all of humanity like this man called Abraham