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Preparing for the Sermon - Genesis 11

Genesis - Summer 2017

Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Genesis 11:1-9. In your own words, describe the beginning of the scene in this passage. What was the plan of the people? Why?
  • What did the Lord recognize about their plan? Why is a plural noun used to describe God’s action in vs. 7?
  • What did God state about the potential for human action? Why do you think this potential would be dangerous or opposed to God’s will?
  • What did the Lord do to redirect humanity away from their plan? Why do you think he used this approach? Has it been successful?
  • What is the emphasis of the listing of generations found in 11:10-32?  How do these relate to the generations listed previously in chapter 10?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What does this passage and the Lord’s action here imply about the potential of humanity?
  • Why do you think the people would have attempted to accomplish what they were planning in vs. 4? What would have been the benefit of this plan as opposed to scattering across the earth?
  • Have there been any of your own plans that you believe the Lord has redirected Why do you think that happened?
  • How does the Great Commission, as stated in Matthew 28:19-20, speak to what is recorded in Genesis? Think through the details of what is needed to accomplish the Great Commission in light of what has resulted from the account in Genesis. What is your specific role in this?
  • What is God's plan leading to after his dispersion of the people?  Where is this passage headed to in chapter 12?  What kind of hope does this give in light of 11:1-9? How does this all relate to the Great Commission?