Trust Fall (Week 6): “Sexy Solutions or Old-Fashioned Faith”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – Genesis 16:1-16

Redemption Bible Church continues its examination of the story of Abraham in the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” This week we are led by Cameron Sapaugh as we dive into Genesis 16. Through the actions of Abraham, Sarai, and Hagar we see what can happen when people try to take shortcuts. Instead of trusting God with our problems, we see how taking things into our own hands and coming up with our own solutions can create strife for us and those around us. We also see Hagar’s devotion; her willingness to be guided by her faith. She understands that God sees and hears what we’re going through. She’s an example we can learn from.

Trust Fall (Week 5): “How to Fight Fear”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 15:1-21

Redemption Bible Church continues its examination of the story of Abraham in the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” This week, Pastor Jason Mayhall leads through Genesis 15, looking at Abram’s doubt and fear and how God helped him overcome it by telling Abram that He is always there. Abram is someone who, we would think, has everything going for him but he’s still fearful of what may be in front of him. God tells him to not worry; that God is his shield and is there and ready to protect him. We also must look inward to think about what it really is we are afraid of and whether we are building our own protections and shields, instead of relying on God. God is our deliverer, our strength, and our protector. We must look to Him to shield us and help us overcome fear of those things that burden us. We must trust in God’s promises and not allow fear to decide how we live our lives.

Trust Fall (Week 4): “The Rescue of Lot”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 14:1-24

Pastor Jason Mayhall leads Redemption Bible Church through Genesis 14, and gives an example of how to be bold in our faith, in the sermon series “Trust Fall.” A key concern for Abram is he lacks an heir and knows that Lot, who is next in line, has not always held God at the center of his decisions. Abram knows he needs to continue to pursue Lot to help him see God. It is never easy to pursue relationships with people who you see are making bad choices, but it’s crucial to do so. Love demands us to pursue people. The opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. This passage helps us see how we must remain humble and pursue our sinning brothers and sisters with love.

 

Trust Fall (Week 3): “A Tale of Two Men”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 13:5-18

Redemption Bible Church continues to examine Genesis 13 in the sermon series entitled “Trust Fall.” Pastor Jason Mayhall leads us to look at the lives of two men; Abram, and his nephew Lot. We see they wind up living very different lives. Lot makes decisions based on what he sees and feels. Abram represents the life of faith, placing everything in God’s hands. Through the example of Abram, we see we must handle conflict wisely and graciously, and must realize we cannot avoid it. Abram takes the initiative, reaches out to Lot, and asks him to help them avoid any strife. Abram sacrifices his personal interests to Lot, putting Lot’s needs above his own. Lot takes that freedom, but chooses unwisely. The life of faith involves learning to live with one another, to express confidence in God’s promises, and focus on the glory of God rather than solely what will bring us the greatest benefit in the moment.

Trust Fall (Week 2): “A Famine of Faith”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 12:10-13:4

Redemption Bible Church continues its series entitled “Trust Fall,” an examination of the story of Abraham in Genesis. Pastor Jason Mayhall teaches how Abram traveled as God instructed, and also faced his fears and received a test of faith. Upon arriving in the land God promised, Abram found the land occupied and struck by famine. As Christians, we must recognize that life may not always turn out the way we want. These situations can bring us closer to God or push us away, if our faith should fail. We must understand that God loves us and has a plan for us. Faith means trusting God to help you through the obstacles in your life, both big and little. God is asking us to trust in Him above all people and things. In spite of Abram’s decisions, God still called him a friend and was there to for him and all who stray to encourage everyone return to a life of faith. There is life after sin… there is redemption.

Trust Fall (Week 1): “The Call of God”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Genesis 12:1-9

Redemption Bible Church starts a new series this week entitled “Trust Fall,” an examination of the story of Abraham in Genesis. Pastor Jason Mayhall explains how God calls Abraham out of where he was living, instructing him to leave everything that was comfortable and familiar. God tells Abraham that He will make his name great and make a great nation, blessing those who bless him as he and his people start to travel to Canaan. God seeks, through this example, to show how He asks us to sacrifice in the present — Give up things we are comfortable with because of the rewards to follow. A follower of God is asked to submit our lives and accept His grace and initiative into our lives, like Abraham. Further, while it can be difficult as humans to submit, we are asked to forego the credit of making something of our lives, but rather look inward and ask whether we’re able to give God full credit for our successes. Our successes are all dependent on Him. Finally, we must recognize that our blessings should be passed on, as God asks us to step out of our comfort zone and trust in God’s word.