Summary: Man’s wisdom and men’s minds don’t accomplish God’s plan. When men try to fulfill God’s word apart from God, there is strife, contention, & failure

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Passage: Genesis 16 Man’s wisdom and men’s minds don’t accomplish God’s plan

There was a man who purchased one of those do it yourself kits from the sporting goods store. It contained all the parts to build a replica of the old muzzleloader guns used in days gone by. He pealed open the box, broke through 3 pieces of tape inscribed with warnings, tossed aside the safety manual, threw out the warning stickers and proceeded to sand and stain and assemble his new firearm.

When all was ready, he purchased a grade of powder, and with no regard to the warnings printed on the side he poured in what he thought was a good measure and tamped a lead bullet down the barrel. Setting the charge he leveled the piece at a target down the way and pulled the trigger...

When he arrived in heaven he was found to be a Christian man, and therefore was ushered into heaven. Jesus was standing there greeting him when the man interrupted and asked, "Why didn’t you protect me from the blast?"

Jesus eyed him momentarily and gently said, "Friend, you had 6 warnings- but you chose to do it your way instead of listening to the ones who knew better. What more should I have done?"

Like that man, we all have a need to consult the authority before we act. God has a plan in place, but God’s work done man’s way will most certainly end up disastrously.

We have a deep and pressing need to seek God’s face as we endeavor to press forward the gospel in our area. For many years, the thrust at Fame Church has been one of missions far off, and not much missions at home. I believe that God is calling us to bring our missions mindset into our own backyards. I believe that God is calling each one of us to be missionaries in every sense of the word, even doing the very things that an overseas missionary does, so that we can win our communities to Christ.

God has placed you where you are at to do his work, and he has revealed what that work is going to be, I believe it’s the work of Fame Church to spread the good news of life in Jesus Christ to every man, woman and child within 5 miles and later within 10 miles of this church.

I believe that God is calling us to spread his kingdom on this earth. And yet I also believe that our task must be accomplished only under the guidance of God’s will and power. Tonight’s passage comes to us as a warning against trying to accomplish God’s work, without involving God. If there’s one thing that tonight’s lesson teaches us, it is that very thought. There is a danger of doing God’s work, man’s way! When men try to fulfill God’s word apart from God, there is strife, contention, & failure

Turn with me if you will to Genesis 16 and read the passage with me.

Now remember please, the events of Chapter 15. Abram returns from his battles, God promises him a great reward and Abram wonders who will inherit whatever he has. God then promises Abram a son saying in verse 4, "...[your servant] will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir." In fact, God went on to promise that Abram’s would have more descendants than could be counted, just like the stars.

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