I hope your week is going well. I wanted to let you know what text we’ll be focusing on this Sunday so you have time to prepare for worship if you’d like to do that.
As we continue to focus on the theme of Inward Journey, Outward Journey we are going to be working from Genesis 15 and the Story of Abraham. Abraham is a classic Hebrew figure whose own spiritual pilgrimage can teach us a lot about faith, I plan to touch briefly on some of these ideas.
Here is one passage that is pivotal:
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.”
(Genesis 15:1–6 NRSV)
If you’d like to read more about Abraham’s life and get the full trajectory his story starts in Genesis 12 and ends in chapter 25.
* Consider some of the key images, experiences, stories and other "signposts" that have shaped your spiritual journey?
* What is one spiritual practice that you develop over the course of the next 6 weeks that might help you develop a deeper awareness of the inward journey?
* What are there obstacles that keep you from surrendering more fully to God’s guidance for you on this path towards wholeness?