Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday Circles The Extra Mile

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Hymn: Victory in Jesus

Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (The New Living Translation)

Lesson: The Extra Mile
Bible Character: Rebekah
Background: We see Rebekah willing to go out of her way to help a stranger. God often blesses someone who is willing to be a blessing.
Opening Remarks: Genesis 24

First Principle: The First Mile
Meaning: Our willingness to positively respond to those in need can position us for blessing from God.  
Scripture Reference:
Genesis 24
18 “Yes, my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink.
Question: Rebekah was prepared to be able to contribute to the request made of her. How can we ensure that daily we are prepared to meet needs asked of us?
Follow-up Question: Is it equally important to prepare physically as well as spiritually to meet needs?
Follow-up Question: How can we train our family and others around us to be need-meeters?
Conclusion: Rebekah was properly positioned that day by actually being at the well. She was at the right place at the right time, and she had a jug! But as well as being prepared physically she had the right heart and attitude and was prepared spiritually. She was willing to help, to respond positively to what was asked of her.

Second Principle: The Second Mile
Meaning: More than just doing the absolute minimum, Rebekah looked for more she could do to be a blessing.
Scripture Reference:
Genesis 24
19 When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels.
Question: What do you think motivated Rebekah to go the extra mile?
Follow-up Question: Can you think of any incidents in your life when going the extra mile had positive results?
Follow-up Question: How can we discipline ourselves to look for places where we can be a blessing?
Conclusion: Becoming a blessing to those around us by contributing in abundance and beyond what is asked should be our way of life and not just an occasional occurrence. It should become natural and a pattern of habit in our daily life. In doing so, it positions us to not only be a blessing but to then be blessed.
Genesis 24
67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

Pastor Ron and the Rest of the Story …

Matthew 5:41  "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

Hebrews 13:2  Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Sometimes before God can bless us He needs to position us for that blessing and that is often where He needs our cooperation. Work with God!

Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by one of our Elders, John and Fronnie LeBlanc in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.

Background Notes for SC032314

Genesis 24 picks up with Abraham living in Hebron after the death of his wife Sarah. Isaac was 40 and Abraham was 140. Abraham would live another 35 years up until Jacob and Esau were about 15 years old. He would have many more sons and daughters by his second wife.

The city of Nahor is Haran in Syria by the rivers, approximately 450 miles from Hebron. The trip would normally take about 21 days or 3 full weeks by laden camel.

Rebekah was the daughter of a wealthy man descended from two of Abraham’s brothers. Rebekah’s grandmother was Milcah, the daughter of Haran and wife to Nahor. Milcah’s eighth son was Rebekah’s father. Rebekah’s father was evidently dead and her oldest brother, Laban, was the male head of the family.

Although wealthy, Rebehah was not too proud, spoiled or lazy to hold a habit of doing her part and even going beyond her part to do more.

Rebekah and Isaac were both second and third cousins by birth

Abraham and haran brothers
Abraham and milcah were uncle and niece by birth to haran
Abraham and nahor were brothers
Abraham and milcah were brother and sister-in-laws by marriage to nahor
Isaac and Milcah were first cousins by birth to haran
Isaac and Milcah were nephew and aunt by marriage to nahor
Isaac and Bethuel were second cousins by birth through milcah to nahor
Isaac and Bethuel were also first cousins by birth through nahor to milcah
Isaac and Rebekah were both second and third cousins by birth

The well of Beer Lahai-Roi = The well of the One who lives and sees me and has a vision for my life. This is the well where Hagar talked with God before returning to Sarah and submitting herself. Isaac lived near this well. It is in the Negev, southwest of Beersheba and approximately 12 miles west of Kadesh Barnea.