Genesis 42

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 42

Text: Genesis 42: 21 Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.” (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Severe circumstances:

Life and death:

Dangerous journey:

  1. Questionable attitude:

He spoke roughly:

He lied to them:

He hurts his father:

  1. Difficult choice:

The brothers’ behaviour:

Joseph’s decision:

Jacob’s parenting:

  1. Divine overruling:

Rebuke:

Confession:

Fulfilment:

Matthew 19: 27 – 30

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 19

Text: Matthew 19: 27 – 30 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Natural focus:

Our own:

Our doing:

Our sacrifices:

Our expectations:

  1. Divine grace:

Jesus’ attitude:

Jesus’ principle:

Jesus’s promise:

Jesus’ proverb:

  1. True disciples:

Following:

Sacrificing:

  1. Glorious king:

The session of Christ:

The session with Christ:

  1. Amazing promises:

Rich reward:

Eternal life:

Genesis 41

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 41

Text: Genesis 41: 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. God’s creation:

His rule:

His tool:

  1. God’s revelation:

His plan:

His goodness:

His servant:

His people:

His glory:

  1. God’ servant:

God-given interpretation:

God-given wisdom:

God-given Spirit:

God-given blessing: to others

  1. God’s vindication:

Appointed time:

Unexpected position:

Comforting provision:

Matthew 19: 13 – 15

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 19

Text: Matthew 19: 13 – 15 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Exemplary parents:

Their children’s greatest need:

Their children’s only hope:

  1. Unhelpful disciples:

They mean well:

They follow their times:

They fail to understand:

  1. A profound statement:

The lesson from children:

The baptism of children:

The role of children:

  1. A welcoming Saviour:

His time:

His energies:

His kingdom:

Genesis 40

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 40

Text: Genesis 40 ….. And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation..… (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. God’ means of revelation:

Exceptional means:

Ordinary means:

  1. God’s faithful prophet:

Divine honour:

Divine boldness:

Divine confirmation:

  1. God’s mysterious providence:

Who: Joseph’s brothers, master and companions.

Where: Canaan and Egypt; King’s court and prisons

When:

Matthew 19: 1 – 12

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 19

Text: Matthew 19: 1 – 12 ….. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?”….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A relevant question:

A divisive question:

  1. God’s creational order:

Two genders only:

Heterosexual marriage:

Monogamy:

Life-long commitment:

  1. Man’s hardness of heart:

Sinful opposition:

Sinful divorce:

Sinful remarriage:

  1. Kingdom’s calling:

To be married:

Not to marry:

Genesis 39

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 38

Text: Genesis 39: 2 & 21 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master….. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Biblical order:

God’s wisdom:

God’ Son:

  1. Strong temptation:

Its satanic origin:

Its perfect timing:

Its subtle progression:

Its appealing nature:

Its continuing offer:

  1. Timeless reminder:

God’s providence:

God’s presence:

God’s faithfulness:

  1. Christ-like character:

Service:

Suppport:

Sinlessness:

Sufferings:

Forgiveness

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 21 – 35 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

Necessary evidence:

Necessary condition:

  1. Jesus’ challenging command:

Seventy time seven:

From your heart:

  1. Jesus’ clear condition:
  1. Jesus’ powerful parable:

God’s forgiveness:

God’s pity:

God’s expectation:

God’s discipline:

Heidelberg Catechism 127

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Job 1: 1 – 2: 10

Text: Matthew 6: 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

Q. 127 What does the sixth petition mean?

A. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil” means:

By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment. And our sworn enemies—the devil, the world, and our own flesh—never stop attacking us.

And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle, but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.

Introduction:

  1. The Christian’s circumstances:

Spiritual testing:

Spiritual attacks:

Spiritual weakness:

Spiritual dependence:

  1. The Christian’s enemies:

The devil:

The world:

The sinful heart:

  1. The Christian’s Helper:

God himself:

God’ strength:

God’s victory: