Genesis 12:1-9

The faith of Abraham and Sarah

22/12/2014 5:24 pm

Genesis 12:1-9

Please note: This is only part of the story. You will find further parts in the first verses of Chapters 18 and 21 of Genesis

After the ‘wondering’ about what struck you, or caught your attention, begin to talk about the life of Abraham and Sarah described here, and their relationship with God, and your situation, and your faith.

Some of the following questions might help the conversations:

  • What does it mean for Abram to ‘have faith’? How does Abram listen to God? How does God challenge? What does God promise? How do the family respond? What are their hopes?
  • What hopes do you have for your family?
  • What are the ways in which your family ‘listen to God’?
  • What ‘impossible’ things happen in families? In our families, how do we show our ‘trust’ in God and in one another in tough times?
  • What does having children, or not having children, bring to a family?
  • What promises do we make to each other in families?
  • Through this story, what can we know and believe about the promises God makes to us in our own family lives, whatever our circumstances?

The key questions to draw the conversation together:

  • How does this story ‘speak’ to us about our ‘call’ to be a family?
  • How does it speak to our ‘journey’?
  • How does it speak to us about our ‘purpose’ or ‘mission’ as a family?
  • What support do we need from the Church?
  • What is already available? What needs to be developed?
  • From our family life experience, what do we offer that could enrich the life of the Church?

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