Under Pressure: Sleepless Nights

Under Pressure

October 04, 2015

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Isolation can be deadly! In this weekend's message, Pastor Mike Slaughter will explore the pressure points of fear and failure - resulting in restless days and sleepless nights. Community is Jesus' antidote to the isolation stress brings; however, it's around God's table that we find rest, wholeness - and the power to overcome. 
UNDER PRESSURE: Sleepless Nights

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Today's Focus

“Sleepless Nights”


I.    Family Dynamics



II.    Isolation


  •         Genesis 32:24
  •         Jeremiah 2:13



III. God-Wrestling


  •          Hebrews 13:5



IV.     Walking With A Limp


  •          Mark 10:51



              See this week’s REFOCUS questions for deeper reflection.

Sermon Questions


Sleepless nights are often the result of unhealthy behaviors that create stress. Let’s learn from Jacob’s life that leads up to his sleepless night and a wrestling match with God.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Monday: Read Genesis 25:19-26
At what and at whom are you always grasping? How did Isaac and Rebekah show maturity by seeking God’s counsel? Why do you think Isaac didn’t have children with anyone but Rebekah? How can you stop grasping and instead seek God’s counsel and trust in a life situation today?
Tuesday: Read Genesis 25:27-34
Reflect on a despised youthful experience. How has it shaped you and your relationships with people? How could Esau and Jacob have changed their future in this one moment? How can you alter your parenting/relating to a sibling today in a way that might rewrite your story?
Wednesday: Read Genesis 27
When were you a Rebekah or Isaac in deceitful situations? How did deception permanently alter these relationships and your own? If God can use such a devious human plot of deception, how can he use your painful experiences? Pray for forgiveness/healing from deceptive acts.
Thursday: Review Genesis 28:10 - 30:24
What did Jacob bring to God’s night-time blessing? Is Laban’s deception and/or are Leah and Rachel’s grasping behaviors “justice” for Jacob’s previous behaviors? How is God fulfilling his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and us today? Respond to God’s blessings upon you with worship today.
Friday: Read Genesis 30:25 - 31:55
How do you work hard, like Jacob, to become prosperous? Who gave Jacob the wisdom and insight to prosper? Prosperity is not bad, but how did it also create stress for Jacob’s family? Evaluate the balance in your life between seeking prosperity and peace with God and others.
Saturday: Read Genesis 32:22-32
Describe a time when you wrestled with God. How does isolation affect your tendency to sin? How can you rethink times of failure as an opportunity for vulnerability and authenticity? How could connecting with others reduce your sinful habits?
Sunday: Review Genesis 25-32
Whom do you most relate to as a human in these chapters? How is the theme of deception a constant wedge in their relationships? Compare Jacob’s nights alone in chapter 28:32. Summarize your week of study in a one-sentence theme. Pray for an authentic nature and God’s continued blessings this week.

Sermon Transcript

Genesis 32:22-32 / Mike Slaughter / October 3 & 4, 2015      

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