Abraham's Prayer for the City

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Monday, 10 September 2012

link to video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uoqXgT484s#t=23m48s

Topic: "Abraham's Prayer for the City"

Scripture Texts: Genesis 18:16-33

 

GOD - PEOPLE - ABRAHAM

1. God of love and God of judgement

 

2. People are sinful and doomed for judgement

 

3. Abraham the mediator between the God of judgement and sinful people.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. God is a "God of love" and also a "God of judgement". He loved Abraham enough to make him "a great and powerful nation" (Gen. 18:18). “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous" (Gen. 18:20) resulted in God's judgement of total destruction on both cities. When we share to people the Christian gospel of salvation in Jesus, how do we give a balance position of both "God is love" and "God is Judge" as we encourage them to come to Jesus for forgiveness of sin and for salvation from darkness into God's light?

 

2. When the 2 angels from God entered Sodom, Lot (Abraham's nephew) was hospitable to them. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way” (Gen. 19:2). However, they were badly treated by the residents for they told Lot to "Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them" (Gen.19:5). Did the judgement of God fall on Sodom because of "hospitality" issue or "homosexual practices" issue? Today the matter of "homosexuality" is a very strong and emotive issue in Singapore even in Christian circles. Discuss what the biblical view on this controversial social issue is (Lev. 18:22, 20:13; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:8-11). How do you sensitively talk to people on this issue (remember that the term "homophobic" will be leveled on you when you raise this matter)?

3. Abraham realised that judgement was coming to Sodom and Gomorrah since the Lord informed him that “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous". Knowing that his nephew Lot and family were there and possibly other friends too, he was desirous to plead for their "salvation". He did this 6 times until he got the Lord to say: "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” For us, people around us - family members, relatives and friends - if they do not respond to the call of Jesus will end in judgement and sent to a Godless eternity. Are we as passionate as Abraham in praying and pleading to our God for their "salvation" and are we doing everything possible for them to "come to faith in Jesus"? Share fresh ideas on how we can do our part in "praying for people" and "sharing the gospel" with them.