Big Idea: When we go off-track in life, the way back always leads to a restored relationship with God.

I.  We get off-track with God as we… 10

1.  Lose our confidence in the promises of God 10

10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.

2.  Lose our courage in the face of our fears 11-13

11 It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.” 13 “Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.”

  3.  Lose our credibility in the eyes of the surrounding culture 14-16

14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.  16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.

II.  God brings us back on-track with Him by… 12:17-13:4

1.  Revealing our failure and sin 12:17-20

17 But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 “Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him. 

2.  Rescuing us from a place of shame and loss 13:1-3

13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him. 2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,

3.  Restoring us to a life of trust, worship, and witness 4

4 to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

Conclusion: How has God made it possible for everyone to live in a right relationship with Him?

  1. He has revealed our failure
  • “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
  • “We all, like sheep, have gone astray.  Each of us has turned to his own way.”
  1. He has rescued us from the punishment owed for our sins
  • “But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • “For Christ died for sinners, to bring you to God.”
  • “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 
  1. He has restored us to a life of trust, worship, and witness to His grace.
  • “I have been crucified with Christ—and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.  The life I live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
  • (1 Pet 2)  9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.