March 31, 2019

4th Sunday of LENT


The Spiritual of Pronouncing a Blessing”

Genesis 21:8-13, 22:15-18; Numbers 6:22-27  NIV

Sermon Outline: 

1.     “Bless You” is a common expression often used after a s_________.

The phrase “Bless you” finds its origin during the black plague.

2.    Blessing is a biblical word used throughout all of s____________.

 Genesis 1:28.      Genesis 12:2,3.      Genesis 21:8-13.      Genesis 22:15-18

3.   The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the s_________ of all blessing.

 “We all believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that there is a single and simple spiritual being, whom we call God- eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty; completely wise, just, and good, and the overflowing source of all good.” Belgic Confession, Article #1.

 4.   The Spiritual Discipline of Proclaiming Blessing come through:

a) words s___________.

b) intercessory prayers lifted to the Lord.

c) financial gifts offered s______________.

d) actions and deeds s___________.   

e) justice and mercy acted on.

 5.   The Priestly Blessing imparts the force from which the fullness of life s_________. 

 “Yahweh bless you.

Yahweh make his face shine upon you.

Yahweh turn his face toward you and give you shalom.”

Numbers 6:24-26


1.    Do you find yourself saying “Bless you” when someone sneezes?

2.    Read Genesis 12:2 and 3 and count how many times “Blessing” is used.

3.    How have you experienced God’s blessings in your life?

4.    In what ways do you practice the spiritual discipline of proclaiming blessing?

a)       Through words spoken and speech?

b)      Through intercessory prayer and praying over people?

c)       Through giving financially and supporting ministries, agencies and missions?

d)      Through actions and deeds in assisting others?

e)      Through speaking out against injustice and extending mercy?

f)        Another way _______________________________________________

5.    How do you understand God keeping you?

6.    How does God shine his face upon you?

7.     In what ways do you experience God turning his face toward you and giving you Shalom? 

Karin Terpstra