Jacob: The dreamer and promise
1.The dreamer and promise
(Genesis 28:12-15) He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (13) There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. (14) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. (15) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
-He was not very nice person at this stage of his life
-He was in a place of conflict at this time. …And God shows up
-God confirms the promise to him right there (before he had a chance to become nice=grace). ‘I am with you’
(Genesis 28:16-17) When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (17)He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
a. The House of God
-A bit of heaven on earth
b. The Gate of Heaven
-an open door to heaven
(Matthew 6:9-13) “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (10) your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (11)Give us today our daily bread. (12)And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
-the dream can occur anywhere! Anytime! Anyhow!
Jesus message to Lifehouse Churches
(Matthew 28:19-20) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20)and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Stages as a church for ‘Heart for the House’.
1.We’ve got a promise.
2.We’ve got a dream
3.We’re got a plan
4.We’ve got an opportunity
Lifegroup Questions & Prayers
1.Are you ready for the promises of God?
2.Are you ready for the open doors from God.
3.Let’s pray and give thanks.