Human Means for Divine Ends

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I continued our “Faith Life” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at how impatience can lead us to take matters into our own hands. In Genesis 16, Abraham and Sarah struggle with their desire to make God’s promises become a reality by coming up with their own plans. Unfortunately, it leads to a cascading series of problems. Still, God shows His grace all through this situation. The central aim of this message was about waiting in faith on the Lord.

The outline and video file for the message are below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Four Problems with Taking God’s Plans into Our Own Hands (Genesis 16:1-6, 15-16)

  1. Problems with perception (Genesis 16:1-2)
  2. Problems with relationships (Genesis 16:3-4)
  3. Problems with ourselves (Genesis 16:5-6)
  4. Problems with consequences (Genesis 16:15-16)


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Four Ways God’s Grace Shows Up in Our Errors
(Genesis 16:7-14)

  1. Grace in God’s pursuit (Genesis 16:7-8)
  2. Grace in God’s redemption (Genesis 16:10-12)
  3. Grace in God’s presence (Genesis 16:11, 13)
  4. Grace in God’s direction (Genesis 16:9, 15-16)


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