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Sermon Notes for “Altar”-ing the Land (Nov. 5, 2017)

Pastor Troy Martin

Text: Genesis 12:1-9

“Altar”-ing the Land

So far the Bible has presented to us universal history: cosmic creation, the fall of humanity, the worldwide flood, the scattering of nations. But in Genesis 11 we now move from universal history and focus in on patriarchal history. The rest of the Bible will be the story of this one family that God picked and through whom He worked the salvation of the nations.



v. 1-3    When God called Abram, He filled him to the gills with blessings. We read the word, “bless” five times in these three verses, more than in any chapter before.

v. 4-5     Plumb full of blessings, Abram leaves Ur and arrives in Canaan. Along the way, men and women altered by Abram and his household journey with him.

v. 6      God called Abram to the only land on earth where the only cursed son of Noah resided. It was in Canaan that God had Abram set up his tent of blessings.

v. 7    God adds another promise to those already given Abram. His descendants will own the land where God sent him, so Abram erects an altar in the land.

v. 8-9     Journeying from his first destination, due south, Abram continues to set up other campsites, and other altars. Abram is literally “altar”-ing the land.



Abram’s blessings are still progressing.  Since 2130 BC to 2017 AD, from when Abram received the blessing to today, God is still blessing the nations through this man’s Descendant. God is sending out those descendants in much the same way. Notice, like Abram...

God sends us _____________________________ The Bible is a missionary guide: it covers the bringing of salvation to all the families of the world. God is interested in what’s around you. That is why He chose you to live here.

God sends us _____________________________ Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5  Worship is not escape from the world, it is how God changes the world.

God sends us _____________________________ We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, Ephesians 2:10 God’s cruciform call is both vertical and horizontal: both worship of God and service to others.

To change the world, _______________________ I have called you...that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain John 15:15,16. The altar that God offers your life on is how He chooses to alter the world.


Questions for Household Growth

What are some amazing things God says about Abraham?

How is a “consumer” not a Christian definition of human?

How are you related to Abraham? Galatians 3:29