Into The Wild (Week 1)

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SCRIPTURE

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through

you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him . . . (Genesis 12:1-4a NIV).

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV).

TEACHING OUTLINE

Throughout history, the wilderness has always been thought of as a place you “just have to see.”

The wild is unknown and uncomfortable.

There’s a part of life that you can only experience by going into the wild unknown. What I’m getting at is that a lot of us think the exact same way when it comes to following God.

Abraham is a guy whose life is recorded in the Old Testament. But He isn’t just found there. When it comes to actually doing something or taking a step, you tend to freeze up because . . .

  1. You don’t know what it looks like to go “into the wild” with God.

  2. We’re convinced that we’re doing everything wrong.

We don’t take a step because we aren’t sure if we want to plunge into the unknown with God. The good news is that we definitely aren’t the first people to feel that way. Maybe the most famous of those people was a man named Abraham.

Abraham is a guy whose life is recorded in the Old Testament. But He isn’t just found there.

Abraham was a truly ordinary and unremarkable guy.

God spoke to him. And what God said to this ordinary man was so extraordinary, that it still impacts each one of us to this day! The very first word God spoke to Abraham was “go.” Because God knows that if we want to grow, we have to go. We have to do things in our lives that move us to places where it takes faith and trust to go.

God promises to be with us, but He rarely tells us how a situation will end up. God didn’t exactly hand Abraham an address and a GPS, which is why it’s so crazy how Abraham responded. He went! It was this step that began the story of a man we’re still talking about today.

God wants to do something great in you and through you. It simply means you take one small step that you believe God is asking you to take. Right before we step into the wild, we can’t see what God will do with our step of faith.

You don’t know the significance of your steps.

God is ALWAYS calling you somewhere better! As you head out today, I want you to think about what that step might be for you.