Summary: The believer family’s greatest hope is found when they are walking with God.

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Hope for the Family in Crisis Part 2

Key thoughts from George W. Truett’s sermon, "The Spiritual Recovery of the Home"

Gen. 35:1-4

Apr. 22, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor


A At a key time in France’s history, Napoleon said, "What France needs now are good mothers."

1 It’s my opinion, that what our nation needs now are not good mothers/fathers, but Godly moms & dads.

2 "’Most children see God the way they perceive their earthly fathers." -James Dobson

B Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau." 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; 3 and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone." 4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. Gen 35:1-4 (NASB)

1 When Jacob’s family went through their roughest time, he led them back to God for their greatest strength (essence of the text in a sentence).

a The believer’s family’s greatest hope is always found when they are walking with God (essence of the sermon in a sentence).

b I pray you’ll make time to claim the hope God wants to give your family (objective).

2 When will you seek God’s hope (the only hope) for your family? (Probing question).

3 Review of points from last week

a There comes a time when almost every family comes to a crisis.

b There comes a time to take inventory of our household.

c Let’s look at the remaining two times that can help us determine when we’ll seek the hope that only God can give to our families (transitional sentence).

III There comes a time to go back to Bethel.

A Jacob had been in a backslidden condition for decades when we read the text (he had backed off his vows; 3 promises).

1 God called Jacob back to Bethel.

a Jacob was called by God to go back to where he made his vow, commitment, promise to God.

b In his backslidden condition, there was no where else for Jacob to go but back.

2 In v. 1, God also tells him the length of time he was to stay. Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau... "settle" NIV, "live there" NASB

a Not just a solo trip, but bring your family

b Jacob was supposed to take his proper place as head of the family & lead them back to Bethel.

c As he retraced his steps, he recovered the lost blessing.

B Maybe you are like Jacob...backslidden condition...gotten away from the vows you made at your Bethel.

1 Remember your salvation experience? Where were you?

a Your Bethel may be an altar, living room chair, beside your bed, Pizza Hut, tent/camp meeting, HGHF, in your car...wherever you gave your heart to Jesus.

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