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Get Thee Out!

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning from the call of Abraham what it means to be a people "set apart".

Text: Gen. 12:1
Date: 10/16/2022, the Combined service.
Series: "Your Word is Truth"

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In many ways God's call to Abram to leave his home and kindred and blindly follow Him to a land of promise, is a graphic illustration of the Gospel and how the Holy Spirit calls His beloved out of the darkness of a fallen world. God called Abram and his descendants to be a people "set apart" for His own use, and foundational in His ultimate plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. In the same way, the church of today and indeed every Christian is called to be set apart from the fallen world we live in, seeking spiritual purity as a people for God's own purpose and reflecting His holiness. But is this the reality we see today in the church at large? In our own church? In ourselves? With this in mind, we will analyze the nature of Abram's call and the completeness of his response, and compare it to our own. Ultimately we will realize that when our Lord tells His church to separate itself from the world, He doesn't mean to bring cherished vices and idols along with us. In other words, "Get thee out" means just that-- "Get Thee Out!"

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I. Introduction, Luke 22:20, Deut. 7:6-8.
II. Exposition of the text, Gen. 12:1.
A. Context
1. Meditations from the elders.
2. Meditations on the parable of the Sower.
3. Stephen's sermon in Acts, Acts 7:2-3.
B. The call of Abram.
1. It began with God, Gen. 1:1.
a. The sovereignty of God's call.
b. God begins with the individual.
2. God called Abram OUT of his old home.
a. Abram's home, Acts 7:2.
b. Forsaking the "whore of Babylon", Acts 7:4; Rev. 17:3-5,18; Heb. 11;10.
c. The "city of destruction", Rev. 14:8-11.
d. The call to escape the destruction, Rev. 18:4-5; Isa. 52:11; 2Cor. 6:14-16; Eph. 5:8; 1Th. 5:1; 1Cor. 6:19-20.
3. Abram's response.
a. Abram listened to God, Luke 8:8, Acts 7:2.
b. Abram believed God, Heb. 11:6.
i. Abram was a man of faith, Gen. 15:6, Josh 24:2, Eph. 2:8.
ii. The gift of faith, Luke 8:10.
iii. God's recalcitrant children, Ex. 32:7-10, 33:3-5.
c. Abram obeyed God, Gen. 12:4.
i. Extraordinary faith.
ii. Faith manifested in obedience, John 14:15, James 2:26, 1John 3:8-9.
4. God called Abram TO a new home, John 14:1-3.
III. Application
IV. Conclusion

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