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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Continuing our study through the Book of Genesis, Pastor Duane Roberts from our Boynton Beach campus taught from Genesis 37. In this message, we began our exploration of the life of Joseph and explored the nature and process of the dreams and visions we receive from God.
Dive deeper into this teaching on your own, with your family, or in your online group! Watch the video below to see a recap of this weekend’s teaching. You can also scroll down to check out expanded notes and summaries from the teaching, small group questions, and get informed on some of the great resources available to you.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Duane’s message:
You’re Not Always Ready for Your Dreams (Genesis 37:1–11): Have you ever had a dream or vision from God you were excited for, but not quite ready for? Maybe it was a vision for your future or your calling. Maybe it was a dream regarding your career. Many times, dreams like this are part of a process that can take years to come to fruition. So often, whether it’s our future, our marriage, an area of passion God has put on our hearts, or the calling He’s put on our lives, we want the end product to come quickly. But God is interested in the process of getting us there, because that is when He molds and develops us into the kind of people who are ready to walk in the dreams He has given us.
As we look at the stories of Joseph, Abraham, King David, and the apostle Paul, we can clearly see that God often gives us dreams and then puts us through the process of preparing us to walk in them! And yet, most people would prefer to skip straight to the fulfillment of the dream and avoid the process of refinement, purification, and preparation. However, it’s in this season that we come to understand, rely on, and trust in God on a deeper level. It’s in this season that we are shaped into who God desires us to be—the people He can use to do amazing things in and through. So, maybe we should stop asking, “God why hasn’t this happened yet?” and start asking, “God, what do you want me to learn while I wait?”
Consider the story of Joseph for a moment. God gives him these amazing dreams after his father, Jacob, had given him a fancy coat along with the freedom that wasn’t afforded to his brothers. He was already his father’s favorite, and then God gave him visions. Now, here’s something you may not have noticed before. When Joseph shared the dreams he received with his family, he never mentioned God. His status as the favorite had created a false sense of reality about what his future would look like. Joseph had allowed what he perceived about his future to make him prideful, showing us that he clearly wasn’t yet ready to walk in the dreams God had given him.
And the truth is that God’s plan wasn’t about elevating Joseph or glorifying Joseph above his family or above anyone else. It was actually to use Joseph to bring about His good and perfect will and to glorify Himself. Friends, it’s the same with us! The dreams God puts on your heart, the visions He gives you for your family, your career, your calling, and your future are all for the purpose of serving His perfect will, bringing about His good will to others, and glorifying His Son.
Your Dreams Will Be Attacked (Genesis 37:12–22): Joseph didn’t handle the revelation of his dreams very well, but that doesn’t change the fact that these were dreams from God. And it doesn’t change the fact that Joseph’s brothers were still responsible for the way they responded to and handled Joseph’s pride. And when it came to it, they chose very wrong. Their hate turned to a desire to kill him, which they were capable of doing, considering they had killed before.
Have you ever had others want to kill your dreams? Have you ever allowed jealousy to lead you to the place of wanting to kill someone else’s dreams? We need to be intentional about celebrating with others rather than being jealous. We need to be careful to guard against hatred before our feelings lead us into sinful actions.
Your Dreams Don’t Always Die with Your Circumstances (Genesis 37:23–36): Is there a dream you’ve buried due to your current circumstances? Have you ever felt like you were in a pit like Joseph, like circumstances you couldn’t control had consumed you? Do you feel as though your dreams are dead? Sometimes God uses these very circumstances to bring us to the place we need to be in order to accomplish His will and prepare us to live out our dreams. Why? Because often the greatest obstacle to the fulfillment of our dreams is ourselves.
Friends, in order to walk in the dreams, purposes, and plans God has for us, it’s vital we first learn to die to self. Does something need to die in you? Is there something you need to allow to be put to death that is keeping you from walking in God’s will? It may be painful to put it to death, but death always precedes resurrection. And so, as you die to the things that stand between you and the purposes and plans of God, you’ll experience new life in ways you never thought possible! But through it all, you must trust in the Lord. You must learn to rely and rest in Him. If Joseph hadn’t done all of this, there is no way he could have endured everything he experienced. It was his faith and trust in God, in the character and faithfulness of God, and his devotion to the Lord even in the hardest circumstances that God used to bless and build him up. The same is true for us!
Quote to Remember: Division in our church over current events is a teachable moment for us to see God’s greater purpose.—Pastor Duane Roberts
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider with your family, your circle of friends, or in your group.
Ice-Breaker: What’s the craziest, funniest, or most interesting dream you’ve ever had?
Discussion Question 1: What dream/vision has the Lord given you in this season or for this year?
Discussion Question 2: Why does God sometimes give us dreams we’re not ready to walk in?
Discussion Question 3: Pastor Duane reminded us that our dreams will be attacked. Why does this happen?
Discussion Question 4: Jealousy and dissatisfaction usually lead to sin. While we may not seek to sell our brothers because of our jealousy, it can lead us to act unjustly toward someone. How can you guard your heart from sinning in this way?
Discussion Question 5: Your dreams don’t always die with your circumstances. Sometimes, God uses your circumstances to grow and build you up to be able to carry out the dreams He puts on your heart! How can you be more receptive to what God wants to teach you and do in you during seasons of difficulty?
Ponder: What are the gospel implications of this story? What does this show us about the place of the gospel in the Old Testament?
Practice: This week, fill out the dreams interactive worksheet found at CalvaryFTL.org/Seasons. This sheet invites you to consider what God has done in this season, how He’s spoken to you, and the dreams He’s put on your heart.
Pray: Pray for your circle of friends this week. Pray that God would work and move in their lives through the dreams God gives them!
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Then on the weekend, we’ll continue our study through the Book of Genesis as Pastor Doug Sauder teaches from Genesis 39. In this message, we’ll look at the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, receive some very practical and biblical action steps to help us fight temptations, and understand why honoring God doesn’t always lead to immediate blessings.
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.