Questions to help you dig deeper into this message:
Read Genesis 21:9-21. What ministered to you most from this message?
From Sarah’s perspective, why do you think Hagar and Ishmael needed to be sent away? Likewise, from God’s perspective?
Pastor Michael shared about how God’s Word (promise) to Abraham would’ve brought comfort and peace to this grieving father, and how, likewise, God’s promises to us can bring comfort and peace to us regarding our own children. How do Proverbs 22:6 and 2 Timothy 1:12 and even Philippians 1:6 bring us this comfort and peace today?
Read Galatians 4:22-29. According to Paul, what truth about God’s covenant is illustrated by Sarah and Hagar, Isaac and Ishmael?
In Galatians 6:7-8 Paul admonishes us to be good ‘sowers’. What would that look like practically for you?
What did you think of the idea that God wants us also to ’embrace grace (Sarah)? Do you agree with the thought that embracing ‘religion’ and ‘rules’ is not equal to embracing ‘grace’? Why? Talk about the statement, “I don’t see my Christian walk as a ‘responsibility‘, but a ‘response‘.