Sermon Notes: May 14, 2017
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church
Readings: Luke 7:1-10; Genesis 18:1-15
Hymns: Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Chisholm; On Jordan’s Stormy Banks by Samuel Stennett
Dr. Don Martin: The Laughter of Sarah
Faith in God is not easy. Looking out into an uncertain future; launch our boat in a specific direction is not easy. To have faith in God is to set your sails in a specific direction.
Faith is everything: the assurance of things hoped for [Hebrews 11:1]. Faith causes people to become engaged. By faith:
Noah built a boat [Genesis 6-7]
Abel made an offering [Genesis 4]
Simon Peter laid down his nets to work for Jesus [Matthew 4:18-22].
God called Abraham to leave Horan; that’s what we now know as Turkey in case you were wondering, take his wife Sarah and go to the land of Canaan. [Genesis 12. At the time of his calling Abraham and Sarah were known as Abram and Sarai. God changed their names to Abraham and Sarah when He established His covenant with Abraham.] God said to Abraham that if he would simply listen and do as the Lord asked, Abraham would be blessed with descendants greater than all the grains of sand on the beach.
So, Abraham left Horan and made his new home in Canaan. One day Abraham found himself beneath the Oaks of Mamre and God showed up again. Abraham found himself entertaining visitors: the best corn bread and the best calf were prepared and served. The visitors, The Lord told Abraham that his wife would bear a son; Sarah heard the message [as she was standing at the door of the tent] and laughed. When He heard her laugh the Angel asked if there was anything too hard for God?
The answer is: No!
God is completely free to do whatever He chooses! God loves me; and, God loves you and the rest of the world. Believe! Jesus said in my house there are many mansions… [John 14:2] [Absent from the body is present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8.]
When you believe, the Spirit of God is so powerful for you that you will never hunger or thirst and will never be afraid. [John 4:13-14; John 6:35 and 2 Timothy 1:7.] God’s goodness is beyond all measure.
So Sarah and Abraham had a baby; they named him Isaac which means: laughter. When she died, Sarah was 127. She was buried in a spot in the Promised Land that overlooks the Oaks of Mamre.
Do what you want to with your life, but for me: I am bound for the Promised Land!