Weekend Message Takeaway: The End of the Beginning

Thanks for joining us this weekend as we concluded our study through the Book of Genesis with a powerful word from Pastor Doug. In this message, we saw how the gospel is present in all of Genesis, how the various images and shadows of Jesus were prefigured to point us to Him, and how God can use the darkest moments in our lives to bring about the greatest deliverance.

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.

To watch the message in its entirety, click here.


IN YOUR GROUPS . . . 

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message and discuss!

This weekend, as we looked back at the overall legacy of both Joseph and the Book of Genesis as a whole, we found they are not self-contained. They’re both amazing stories that point to an even greater story: the gospel! All throughout Genesis, and in the life of Joseph, we get glimpses of Jesus, His life, and His work. 

Ice-Breaker: Who do you want to speak at your funeral? What do you think they’ll say about your life and legacy?

Key Discussion Point: When it comes to God’s ways and purposes and their application to our everyday lives, Joseph’s life educates us unlike anyone else’s. If we could compress these lessons into one truth, it would be found in this statement: “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20 NKJV). The deepest, darkest moment of Joseph’s life served as a springboard to the amazing purposes and plans God had for him! The Lord sovereignly used the evil efforts of Joseph’s brothers to accomplish the greatest good not only for Joseph, but for his brothers and countless others! 

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) tells us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Joseph didn’t have Romans 8:28, but we do! If you believe in Jesus, you can be certain that God is working and using all things, even the bad things, for your good, to bring about His perfect purposes for your life.

Question 1: In what ways have you seen God use difficult seasons in your life to bring about His good purposes and plans? How has He grown you as a person and built up perseverance, character, and hope (Romans 5:3–4) in you during trials?

Key Discussion Point: This weekend, we saw how the Book of Genesis points to Jesus Christ! From the very beginning, God has been pointing us to the gospel . . . everything was meant to reveal Jesus to us. 

Jesus was with the Father at the beginning. He is Creator. He holds all things together (Colossians 1:15–21). He is the Tree of Life (Genesis 2:9; Revelation 22:14). He is the seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent. He is the Lamb caught in the thicket for Abraham and Isaac—the Lamb God provided.

We see Jesus in Noah’s ark, in Jacob’s ladder, in the covenant of circumcision, in Judah’s offer to take His brother’s place, to willingly become a slave and give his life for his brother, and we see Jesus in the Judah’s blessing regarding the scepter and the staff (Genesis 49).

Question 1: Similar to Genesis and Joseph’s life, how have you seen the hand of God working and moving to draw you to the gospel and to Jesus?

Question 2: How can you help others see glimpses of the gospel in their lives?

Key Discussion Point: Pastor Doug shared that this life is just the beginning. You see, all those who believe in Him have everlasting life (John 3:16) in heaven, in His presence. While there, Jesus “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4 NIV). 

So, our mission in this life must be to occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13), to “live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12–13 NIV). Our goal is to live like someone who’s been rescued, so we can help others experience rescue, redemption, and salvation. 

Just as Joseph's heart was in the Promised Land, ours should be, too. Our Promised Land and our true citizenship is heaven. Thus, our hearts should be set on heaven and on things above, not on earthly things, earthly kingdoms, earthly politics, and earthly divides. It should be firmly entrenched in building a heavenly legacy by being about the business of making disciples.

Discussion Question 1: What steps can you take this week to point people to Jesus? Who can you have a conversation with that needs to hear the gospel? 

WALK IT OUT

Ponder: What do you want your legacy to be in this life? What do you want to be remembered for?

Practice: Tell someone your story this week. It could be that friend you’ve been sowing seeds of the gospel in their life, a stranger you encounter at a coffee shop, or a relative you’ve been praying for. Tell them how God has worked in your life! 

Pray: This week, pray the Lord would provide opportunities for you and others in our church to be a light in this world and point people to Jesus. Pray that in our conversations, our encounters, and in our social media posts and responses, that we would have the heart of God and the mind of Christ so as to draw people closer to Him and not push them further away from Him.

QUESTIONS FOR FAMILIES

Parents, here are a few questions to go over with your kids around the dinner table or during dedicated family times.

1. Sometimes we have really bad days, or weeks, or even months. Have you ever had a bad day or week, but yet something good came out of it? 

2. When we read the story of Joseph, we see some crazy things happen to him that God used for good! Has anything ever happened to you that made you think, "Wow! God must have made that happen!"?

3. Think of a way you can help a friend be thankful for something Jesus has done for them! What are some words you could tell your friend at school or on Zoom this week that will help them be thankful to God?

4. The Bible teaches us that our relationship with Jesus should change everything about us—well, maybe not the color of our hair or the size of our shoes. How do you think you can stand out from your friends this week as someone who believes in Jesus?

21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND ADVOCACY

Imagine what God could do through us if we all said YES to living generously and praying, fighting, and advocating for the people who have the most need in our cities. Throughout our Vision series weeks, we’ll be taking part in a 21-day journey of prayer and advocacy, and we’d love for you to join us! 

To get all the details, click here.

A LOOK AHEAD

This week, we’ll continue to hold services ONLINE and in person (weekends only) as most of our campuses resume services in the sanctuary! To reserve your spot at your campus, click here.

Join us online this Wednesday as we kick off our slate of fall classes! These class experiences are designed to help you get to know Jesus on a deeper level and learn valuable and practical ways to experience the life God created you for. Check out our classes page to sign up for your class.

Then on the weekend, we’ll begin a special three-week series titled, “This Is Our Story.” In this series, we’ll explore what it means to be generous like Jesus and how we can bring light and hope into a world that is in desperate need of both through Vision 2023. In week one, Pastor Doug will share about the generosity of God, how it changes our lives, and how it fuels our generosity.

We look forward to spending another awesome week with you!


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