Ed Seay: Trust

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Ed Seay: Trust (Genesis 22:1-13)

Ed Seay, senior pastor of Magnolia’s First Baptist Church in Magnolia, Texas, begins with the big idea he wants hearers to take from his sermon: “We can’t grab God’s hand if we’re holding on to an idol.” Sometimes, a person doesn’t know what is an idol for him or her until that thing is threatened.

He recounts the story of God directing Abraham to take Isaac up the mountain to be sacrificed. God gives us blessings, not intending for any of them to become more important to us than the One who gives them. The task is to trust God with them. Seay works through the passage a verse at a time, explaining how Abraham trusted God. He points out how his hearers can trust God in the same way today.

Seay concludes with challenges to his hearers to assess what in their lives may be idols and encourages them to let them go in order to trust in God.

This sermon was delivered by video on May 3, 2020, for the morning worship services of Magnolia’s First Baptist Church as part of a series titled “Lifeline: How to Grab God’s Hand When You’re Going Under.”

Audio for this sermon is available here. Sermon transcript is available here.


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