CURRENT SERIES: A MATTER OF THE HEART
SUNDAY’S MESSAGE: OUR HEARTS NEEDS SAVING
PRIMARY TEXT: PROVERBS 4:23, GENESIS 25-32
Read Genesis 25:19-34, 27:1-10 and 27:22-35. On two occasions, Jacob took something that wasn’t his to take? What did he take?
What was significant about a birthright or a blessing in this culture? If the group is unsure, consider a Bible dictionary or a Google search.
The birthright and blessing were of great value in Jacob’s day, yet they were not for him to take. We don’t exactly know why Jacob did it. What do you think was in his heart to plot and carry out such actions?
The Bible is full of truly amazing stories. Read Genesis 32:22-32. Jacob wrestles with a man, yet it references God. Man or God, Jacob recognizes that this is a spiritual experience. What did Jacob receive from this encounter?
Does anyone know what the name Jacob meant? My Bible footnote says, “he deceives”. His new name was Israel, he who struggles with God. What is the significance of this name change for Jacob?
Read John 3:2-6 and II Corinthians 5:17. Like Jacob was given a new name, we are a new creation and given a new heart. What does your new heart look like? Consider your heart when you first became a Christian.
How is Jesus still changing your heart?
Take time to prayer as a group or in smaller groups thanking God for your new heart. In your time of prayer, consider the verses and stories you read tonight.