Missions Study Series #2 – God’s Promises to Abraham




It’s easy to focus on the blessings we want for ourselves and our family. We often appreciate the fact that God has blessed us in many ways without stopping to ask the question why. When we look deep into God’s word we see that, most often, God blesses His people so that they, in turn, might be a blessing to others. His greater purpose in our blessing is for all the nations of the earth to be blessed.


Genesis 12:1-3 God’s Promise to Abraham

When God made this promise to Abraham, He promised quite a few things:

*Make Abraham into a great nation

*Bless Abraham

*Make Abraham’s name great

*Make Abraham a blessing

*Bless those who blessed Abraham.

*Curse those who cursed Abraham.

*Bless all peoples on earth through Abraham.


 What does this reveal about God’s purposes?

1.) God emphasized what He would do, not what Abraham would do (i.e. God is the main character in this story, not Abraham, not us).

2.) God’s purpose was to bless all nations through Abraham. We see progressive fulfillment of this in Abraham’s life (land, possessions, family), in Jesus’ life (living a life of blessing, dying and being raised again for all people), and the ultimate fulfillment in heaven (people from every tribe, tongue, and nation around the throne of God in Rev. 5:9, 7:9-10).

3.) God is a missionary God who intends, who has always intended to bless all the nations!

In contrast with the people of Babel who wanted to make a name for themselves, it was God who would make a name for Abraham — with the purpose of blessing the nations. The highest significance in life is not in acquiring security and self-made prestige. As with Abraham, significance lies in being a blessing to the nations. We are blessed so that we may be a blessing.


“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine upon us, that Your ways may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” Psalm 67:1-2


Unreached People are people who do not know Jesus — we sometimes call them unbelievers or people who are lost. These individuals can live within people groups that are considered “reached.” An Unreached People Group is a group within which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize this group (at least 2%). These groups need a strategic focus in order to be reached. Why? Does God care more about unreached people groups than He does about the lost within “reached” people groups? No. The difference is that those in unreached people groups have no way to hear the gospel without some kind of cross-cultural missionary work.


How does Galatians 3:6-9 relate to our study today?

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