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Bible Study Guide:
Sarah and Grace
Called and Chosen

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Sarah and Grace and Genesis 11:27-Genesis 22

Part I Sarah's Example

1. Genesis 11:27-32;20:12 Describe Sarai's family situation.

2. Genesis 12:4 How old is Abram when he leaves Haran for Canaan? Compare Genesis 17:1 to 17:17 How old is Sarai compared to Abram?

3. Genesis 12:10-20 Do you think Abram could have handled this situation in a different way? Why did God protect and rescue Sarai?

4. Genesis 15:1-6; Galatians 3:6 What was the foundation of Abraham's relationship with God?

5. Genesis 16:1-16 What is Sarai's solution to their inability to conceive a child? What were the results?

6. Genesis 17:1-27 List God's covenant promises to Abram (Abraham). What was Abram's part of the bargain? List God's covenant promises to Sarai (Sarah). Compare the two lists. Name the similarities. What came first - the covenant or the sign of the covenant? (See Genesis 15:18)

7. Genesis 18:1-15; 19:1 Who were the visitors? What was Sarah promised?

8. Genesis 20:1-17 Why would Abraham once again put Sarah at risk? Do you think Abraham and Sarah more than anyone else deserved to be blessed of God? Why would God once again rescue Sarah from the consequences of their foolish actions? And why would he prosper them as well?

9. Genesis 21:1-7; Galatians 4:22-23 How old were Abraham and Sarah when Isaac was born? Why would God wait so long to keep his promise?

10. Genesis 21:10-12; Galatians 4:30; 5:4-6 What do Sarah's prophetic words mean? What makes a person a child of promise - child of the free woman Sarah?

Part II Called to be Saints

(The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible gives these definitions of 2821 klesis (calling) klesis: an invitation, vocation, or calling; and 40 hagios (saints) hagios: sacred, consecrated, separated from sin, devoted to God, saints)

1. Romans 1:1-5 What was the Apostle Paul invited to become and what was he invited to do?

2. Romans 1:5-7 What four facets of God's invitation (calling) are revealed in this passage?

3. Romans 8:28-30; I Corinthians 1:2 What is God's purpose in extending his invitation or calling?

4. I Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 9:12-13 Who is God inviting? And why?

5. Ephesians 4:1-3; II Thessalonians 1:11-12 What are the responsibilities that a person accepts along with God's invitation?

6. Ephesians 1:18-21; 2:4-10 What are the benefits of accepting God's invitation?

7. II Peter 1:3-11; Hebrews 3:1 How can you “make your calling and election sure?” (II Peter 1:10)

Part III God's Chosen

1. Acts 13:16-41 Why did God choose (v.17) the fathers of the people of Israel? (v.23) Why should this be important to you? (v.38-41)

2. Matthew 22:1-14 Why, since many are invited, would few be chosen?

3. I Thessalonians 1:4-6 How does God invite and choose his people?

4. Colossians 3:1-4:1; I Thessalonians 1:7-10; John 15:16-17; I Peter 2:9-12 What is expected from God's chosen people?

5. John 17:24-26; Revelation 17:14; 21:1-7; 22:12 Do you want to be one of the “called, chosen and faithful followers” who receive a reward from God and Jesus, the Lord of lords and King of kings?

6. Acts 2:37-41; John 3:3-21; John 4:10, 13-14; James 2:21-24 What steps must a person take to accept God's invitation and then be chosen by him to become one of his faithful followers?

7. Isaiah 55:6-7 What advice does God give the procrastinator?