Series Jacob and Jesus

This series of 15 conversations revisits the story of a world-class liar and deceiver. The intent is to find insight and perspective as we explore together what Jacob, the father of the original 12 tribes of Israel contributes to the bigger story of Jesus— and to us. Even though he was a grandson of Abraham, Jacob turned out to be so dishonest that he had to leave home to avoid being killed by the older brother he betrayed. Yet his legacy is as wonderful as it is mysterious. God loved Jacob, and chose him to be a blessing to every family of the earth. What was God trying to tell us?

Dates June 16 - July 4, 2014
# of Programs 15
At The Table Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder
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Part 1 - 06/16/14

Find out if Jacob is the answer to a centuries-old riddle

A good mystery always leaves the reader in suspense, right up until the final page. Let’s introduce a new study on the life of Jacob, from the perspective of a “whodunit.” Immerse yourself in the story.

Part 2 - 06/17/14

Discover how what looks like favoritism is actually a sovereign plan to bless the entire world

There is an entire nation of individuals identified in Scripture as “God’s chosen people.” But where did this divine favoritism come from? Let’s go back to the origins of Israel, and God’s promises to His people.

Part 3 - 06/18/14

God’s mysterious way of working out His amazing plan!

We know that God has a plan for us. But how He accomplishes that plan can often leave us scratching our heads! If the life of Jacob tells us anything, it’s that those confusing events are all part of God’s amazing plan!

Part 4 - 06/19/14

Discover how God can transform our identities

Names can stick with us for years. Perhaps you’ve had labels, nicknames, or reputations haunt you since childhood. Let’s study why Jacob’s name made him an unlikely participant in God’s sovereign plan. Our study of Jacob continues.

Part 5 - 06/20/14

Discover the surprising connections between Jacob and Jesus

More than a millennium separates Jacob, the father of Israel, and Jesus, the promised Savior. Let’s study one such link between Jacob and Jesus—snakes. Pull up a chair and be a part of the conversation.

Part 6 - 06/23/14

Find out how to avoid making the mistake of missing a potential blessing

Have you ever misconstrued a conversation? It can happen when we hear only what we want to hear. Discover how Jacob’s family misinterpreted a God-given prediction, and almost missed the potential blessing! Learn how to avoid making the same mistake.

Part 7 - 06/24/14

Find out how God uses flawed families

Does your family fight and bicker? Perhaps there are a few skeletons in your family’s closet. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Let’s reveal the decades-old feud that took place in Jacob’s family, and how God’s mercy showed up in the midst of domestic conflict.

Part 8 - 06/25/14

Let’s take a closer look at Jacob’s life-transforming vision

Exhausted from running from his lies and deceit, Jacob finally fell asleep. And the dream God gave him turned his entire life around! Have you had a moment that changed your life?

Part 9 - 06/26/14

Discover how a self-centered prayer can turn into a step of faith!

Caught with no way out, many people have tried to bargain with God. “Lord, if you help me right now, I’ll turn my life around!” But does God ever answer those types of prayers? Let’s discuss Jacob’s negotiation with God.

Part 10 - 06/27/14

Catch a glimpse of God’s greater plan for our lives

Stuck in the moment, it can be difficult to see what God is doing in our lives. But if we widen our perspective, we may catch a glimpse of God’s greater plan! Let’s look at the bigger picture in the life of Jacob. In the midst of chaos, God was building his future.

Part 11 - 06/30/14

Let’s lean on the promise of mercy

The Bible warns us, “You reap what you sow.” The Old Testament character, Jacob, planted quite a few destructive seeds within his family. The result of which should have been a harvest of pain. Discover how Jacob received what he didn’t deserve, an outpouring of God’s grace!

Part 12 - 07/01/14

Managing our inner struggles with the Lord

It was the most lopsided fight in human history. Did Jacob actually believe he had a chance against the God of the universe? Let’s talk about wrestling with God. We’ll learn from Jacob’s example how to manage our own inner struggles with the Lord.

Part 13 - 07/02/14

Discover who God chooses to be part of His family

The more we discover who the Old Testament character of Jacob was, the more we may wonder why God would ever want to be associated with such a person, let alone have a relationship with him! We’re getting to know “The God of Jacob.”

Part 14 - 07/03/14

Continuing our series on Jacob, and discovering how God is for us!

Ever felt like you and the Lord were going toe-to-toe over an issue in your life? Let’s study Genesis chapter 32 and Jacob’s wrestling match with God. We’ll discover that God is not against us, but rather, He’s for us!

Part 15 - 07/04/14

Discover how our lives fit into God’s grand, unfolding plan

It’s part of our nature to narrow our focus onto ourselves. But if we take a step back, we’ll be able to see what God is doing on a wider scale! Let’s complete our study on the life of Jacob.

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