Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leaving It Behind: Genesis 12

What are two or three possessions you would never want to part with? Why?

Why is giving things up often so difficult? What are some situations when giving things up is very easy?

Read Genesis 12:1. God tells Abraham (still called "Abram" in this passage) to leave his city, his friends, and his family (each translation differs, but this is a close approximation).

Which of these three do you think would be most difficult to leave (city, friends, family)? Why?

Why do you think God asked Abraham to leave? Why couldn't he have stayed where he was and received God's blessing?

Read Luke 9:57-62. What did Jesus say these people needed to leave behind in order to follow him?

Read Matthew 19:16-22. What did Jesus say this person needed to leave behind in order to follow him?

If Jesus were to interact with people today, what kinds of things do you think he would tell them to leave behind in order to follow him?

What are the things you think God might be telling you to leave behind so that you can follow him? Why is this hard to do?

How can this group encourage you as you seek to follow God?

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