The story of Ishmael is a tragic one in so many ways. It is a story unbelief, adultery, family division, rejection, and being an outcast. It is a story of selfishness, envy and even “biological warfare” (in that the conception of a child was used by both parties to seek to injure the other). It is a story of cruelty and unkindness. It is a story of impatience and utilitarianism. It is the story of brokenness in a very broken world. It is essentially a story of people made in the image of God who were treated as non-entities; they were unwanted by the very people who should have wanted them the most: their family. Sadly, this story continues to be retold and repeated from generation to generation. The sermon on which this study is based was preached on Sanctity of Life Sunday 2013 (27 January 2013 in South Africa), a time in which Christians pause to reflect on the-oft repeated stories like the one before us. It should be noted, with reference to the sanctity of human life, that the global abortion holocaust has many parallels to this story recorded in Genesis 16 and 21.
Sermons in this series are once-off sermons preached by various church members.
|God Sees the Unwanted (Genesis 16:7-14)||Doug Van Meter||27 January 2013||Listen|
|What Now? (James 2:1-26)||Doug Van Meter||3 February 2013||Listen|
|The Promises of God (Genesis 13:1-18)||Neil Cable||24 February 2013||Listen|
|Hope (Romans 8:18-30)||Doug Van Meter||17 March 2013||Listen|
|Hear and Receive (Matthew 13:1-23)||Varughese George||14 April 2013||Listen|
|Appreciating the Ascension (Acts 7:48-60)||Christo Beetge||9 May 2013||Listen|
|Are You Free? (John 8:30-36)||Barry Jamie||23 June 2013||Listen|
|A Will and the Way (John 7:1-18)||Neil Cable||30 June 2013||Listen|
|The Mercy of God (Psalm 130:1-8)||Newton Chilingulo||7 July 2013||Listen|
|The Lamp and the Light on the Way of Life (Proverbs 6:20-23)||Gary van den Heuvel||28 July 2013||Listen|