Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Blessing of People

Pastor Troy Jester

Who Gives Blessings?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 

Every blessing is given to us by God

Why Have I Been Given Blessings?

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great  nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 

We are blessed by God in order that we might be a blessing to others.  

  • People
  • Provision
  • Presence 

The Blessing of People 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 

Cloud of Witnesses-People of faith who have run the race before us, and through the testimony of their lives have said, “By faith I finished, you can too!” 

The Example of Barnabas 

Barnabas = Son of Encouragement 

Acts 11:24- He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 

Will you be a good man/woman, full of the Holy Spirit and faith?  Will you be a part of someone’s cloud of witnesses?   

Small Group Questions 

1. What do you think it means to be ‘blessed’ by God? What are some of the blessings God has given you in your life? 

2. Genesis 12:1-3 records God’s first conversation with Abraham (called Abram at this point). Read that portion of Scripture out loud. What does God ask Abraham to do and what does God say that He will do? 

3. God’s promise to Abraham has two main parts: 1) God’s promise to bless Abraham as a new nation, and 2) God’s promise to bless other nations through Abraham. What do these two aspects of God’s promise tell us about what God is like? 

4. When was a time that you experienced God blessing others through you? 

5. How does Jesus relate to God’s promise to Abraham? Consult the following Scripture passages: Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10; John 3:16; 8:56-58; Acts 3:25; Romans 4:16-17; Galatians 3:16, 26-29; 6:15-16. 

6. If God desires for all the nations to be blessed, what are the implications for the church and its work? 

7. Here are a couple of practical ways that you could respond: Write down a list of blessings that God has given to you, material, economic, relational, spiritual, etc. Thank God for these blessings. Consider one way that you could bless someone this week, whether here or around the world. Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice.