"Dreamer" Series (Week 2)

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SCRIPTURE

Genesis 37:12-20

12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.”“Very well,” he replied. 14 So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” 16 He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” 17 “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’”So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

TEACHING OUTLINE

Whats Joseph’s brother meant as a slur was actually a compliment. Why was it a compliment?

Because they saw that in fact he was different!

What kills our dreams?

1 Dwelling on failures of yesterday

2 Dwelling on success of yesterday

Here comes the dreamer-  You can kill the dream but you cant kill the dreamer 

Jospehs brothers thought that if they got rid of the dreamer that it would also get rid of the dream. 

A dream disturbs and disrupts the norm. People aren’t resisting you, they are resisting the change that your dream is going to bring.

A dream given to a dreamer will energize you, give you hope, end your faith. 

Dreamers will face opposition.

Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. However, he didn’t give up. His philosophy: “I play to win. The day I stop improving is the day I walk away from the game.” He didn’t just have a dream. He committed to shooting 300 baskets a day, and his dream became a reality.

As you dream: ask yourself these questions

Is your dream causing you to follow it? Think about your dreams are they fulfilling God’s purpose for you in your life?

  • do I have a strategy to follow my dream?

  • Does my dream benefit others?