“For God So Loved This World?!?”

This week’s passage in our study of the life of Joseph (Genesis 38:1-29) is full of bad news, sin, and selfishness. But good news is coming.

Three key takeaways from our message this week: 1. Sin and selfishness will devour the most important people and relationships around us. 2. God cares deeply for the rights and wellbeing of the vulnerable. He cares for the plight of the poor, the destitute, and the defenseless, and He wants us to care, too. 3. Truth is one of the greatest gifts God gives us – even when it’s jarring. The biggest takeaway though is the good news of God’s character is that he came, not for people who deserve him, but for people who need him.

HOMEWORK

It’s a familiar verse but perhaps this week’s message gives us new perspective on the truth of God’s love. For God so loved the world. The world of Matthew 1 and Genesis 38. God so loved THIS world. This messy, broken world. For God so loved YOU. To the person who has made a wreck of his life: God says “I love you”. To the person who is slow to learn from her mistakes, the person born on the wrong (or right) side of the tracks: God says “I love you”. This is the God you are praying to, and this is the God you are ignoring. He gave everything not because you deserved it, none of us do! But because we need Him.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Song to download: “The Table” by Chris Tomlin, Wayne Jolley, and Ed Cash

Primary text: Genesis 38:1-29
Other texts in this message: Genesis 12:2-3, Matthew 1:1-10, Matthew 1:16, John 3:16, Romans 5:6-8

WORSHIP SONG LIST

The Table Chris Tomlin, Wayne Jolley, and Ed Cash

Christ Is Enough Reuben Morgan and Jonas Myrin

I Stand in Awe Mark Altrogge

What a Beautiful Name Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

Genesis 38:1-29, Genesis 12:2-3, Matthew 1:1-10, Matthew 1:16, John 3:16, Romans 5:6-8

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