Main Points of Jimmy’s Sermon:
- Sons of Adam
- Circumstances Do Lie
- God’s Character
- God is telling a story that is bigger than Joseph
- Don’t pass judgement on your current circumstances
- Think about each of the principle characters in the Genesis 37 narrative. In what ways do you identify with Jacob? Joseph? His brothers?
- First, unpack Jimmy’s statement, “Circumstances Do Lie” in the Joseph story. Then, how does this apply to your life (past, present and future)?
- How did God’s character play a role in the story of Joseph’s life? What aspects of God’s character have you had to rely on in the past when circumstances have led you to believe a lie about God, another person or you?
- Read Genesis 50:20. What is your initial response to this statement? As you unpack it and reflect on it, how does this help you to struggle well with life?
- How can the community of believers encourage you when you are struggling with circumstances that lie to you? This is a chance to let others know what tangibly helps you when you are struggling with a circumstance. This may be the difference between you struggling and struggling well.
- Memorize Genesis 50:20
- Spend some time comparing Genesis 50:20 (and the whole life of Joseph) with Romans 8:37-39 (context of Romans 8)
- Spend some family time talking about a hard time and how God’s character sustained you during this circumstance.
- In your prayer/journaling/etc. time, find the good and thank God, write it down, and/or tell others of the good (your spouse, children, neighbor, co-worker, etc.)
- Listen to 10,000 Reasons or some other song that reminds us to remember the good in the midst of the bad.