Cross City Church
June 7, 2020 | A Chapter of Dreams
This series focuses on Joseph, a young man who became an incredible leader through a very difficult journey of life. It’s clear in Scripture that God is intensely interested in growing each of us as individuals. In a time of sheltering-in and greater solitude, have you noticed that God is teaching you and growing you in unique ways?The life of Joseph is a story of how God worked on one man to prepare him for the greatest impact in the world at that time. It’s a story of thrilling dreams, devastating disappointment, exhilarating temptation and solitary suffering. It’s a story of the agony of defeat, but also the thrill of victory. It’s the story of all of us to some degree. Joseph is a man that was willing to weather this rigorous process – and he saw the fruit of God’s work in the end. This study will be a challenge for each of us – because we will see how God works in a solitary, individual life to prepare them for the future.
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Genesis 37:1-11
Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms. Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Genesis 37:11
His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
It’s possible to be loved and hated at the same time.

Genesis 37:3-4
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons…and (his brothers) hated him…
Who does God say you are? Where do you find your identity?
Your journey will be longer and more difficult than you realize.

Joseph, when seventeen years of age… Genesis 37:2
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh... Genesis 41:46
…and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Genesis 50:22
“The worst thing that can happen to a man is to succeed before he’s ready.” -Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
Very few of us arrive at a significant destination without a few detours en route – and they are usually meant for us.
You’re going to have to forgive some people along the way.

Genesis 45:8
Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God…
“It was not you who sent me here, but God.”
Forgiveness is often a tedious and painful process, but we cannot move forward without forgiving others.
Matthew 6:12
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Who do you need to forgive? Are you willing to enter into a process where you experience God, and not just grief? What will it take for you to move ahead?
God can get you through anything.

Genesis 39:2, 21, 23
The Lord was with Joseph
John 14:16-17
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, that he may be with you forever; that is, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
How powerful is the promise that God is with us? What should it do for us?
God-given dreams will be tested, but God never forgets.

Genesis 42:6
And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down to him…
God has no trouble bringing his plans to pass, even when we cannot fathom how or when. He never forgets what He says.
In the end, you’ll see things clearly.

Genesis 50:20
…you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
Job 42:5
I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees you.
Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Since you cannot see the future, are you willing to trust God’s sovereignty with it? How might God use your current situation in the end?
Discussion Questions:

Who does God say you are? Where do you find your identity?

Who do you need to forgive? Are you willing to enter into a process where you experience God, and not just grief? What will it take for you to move ahead?

How powerful is the promise that God is with us? What should it do for us?

Since you cannot see the future, are you willing to trust God’s sovereignty with it? How might God use your current situation in the end?