StoneBridge Community Church
Intended for Good: "He Refused" - Genesis 39
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

Online Connection Card

Thanks for joining us today! Follow this link to our online Connection Card where you can let us know you were here and share any prayer concerns.

Worship With Generosity

Thanks for partnering with us in our mission to reach people with the good news of God's love, to make disciples, and to send them out. Secure online giving via PayPal.
Intended for Good

Genesis - The Joseph Narrative

Joseph's story picks up in earnest in Genesis chapter 37. What we know initially about Joseph is that he is the son of Jacob, the grandson of Isaac and the great-grandson of Abraham. Joseph has 11 brothers. Each of his brothers is the ancestor of a tribe of Israel.

Joseph's story begins with a dream and the love of his father. We are told that Jacob loves Joseph deeply, even more than he loves Joseph's brothers. Then, Joseph dreams that his brothers will all bow down to him someday and, in his naiveté, shares this dream. As you can imagine, his brothers don't appreciate the dream.

This begins a series of challenges. Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers. He is falsely accused by his owner's wife. He is thrown in jail and forgotten. But all the while, we are told, God is with him. The dream that God gave Joseph will come true.

Joseph's story is one of challenges, but also one of God's ability to triumph. Working through the events in Joseph's life, God brings about an outcome that blesses multitudes. Though many of the human characters intend harm to Joseph, God has intended good for all and God will prevail. The dream will come true.

The Text in Context

"Genesis 39 is a rags to riches to rags story. At the beginning of the chapter, Joseph is at the bottom, a slave sold into a foreign culture. But God prospers him and he rises to the top in the house of Potiphar, security chief to Pharaoh. Life was about as good as a slave could expect at that point. But then Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph. When he refused her demands, she falsely accused him. He ended up in the dungeon, seemingly worse off than when the chapter started." Click link to read more.
Sermon Outline

I. Joseph's character
A. Temptation?
B. He refused.
C. Why?

II. The dream
A. Doesn't just give us hope
B. Helps us respond

III. Character Matters
A. Not for salvation
B. For witness

IV. End Goal

1) Write down a list of decisions you have to make that involve other people.

2) Reflect on Revelation 21:1-4 and pray that God would deepen your faith in this vision for the future.

3) How might believing that Rev. 21:1-4 truly will come to pass influence your decisions listed in #1?

1. Joseph stands out in the Bible for his solid character. Why do you think he was able to make wise decisions?

2. Make a list of people who are known for making appropriate decisions. What character traits do they share?

3. How might the dream God gave Joseph have helped him to make wise decisions?

4. Why is character important? Why is it important that the words Christians use match reality?

5. How might knowing the end result of God's work help you to make wise decisions?

Join us Saturday, September 17th at 8am, to help us pre-build a house for a family in Mexico! Come when you can, leave when you must. If you can swing a hammer or wield a paintbrush, you’re qualified! See you there!

We encourage you to use Facebook, Instagram, and other social media to share images, quotes, links, or what you've learned from this week's message and YouVersion message notes. Social media can also be a great way of inviting your friends to worship and special events.

Like our Facebook page!

Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information and inspirational messages.

Follow us on Instagram

Follow us on Instagram for up-to-date information and inspirational messages.

Watch us on YouTube or listen to our Podcast!

While there is no substitute for worshipping God with others, if you happen to miss a message you can always catch us on YouTube or listen to our Podcast on your favorite podcast app!