Corey Johnson

Ministry Portfolio


Gen. 12:1-5



1.         Abram was told to go.

2.         Abram was given the information that he needed (The word of God and “The Word of God,” the promise).

3.         Abram departed.



1.         ABRAM WAS TOLD TO GO.

            A.        Gen. 12:1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”

                        1.         Go. Does this sound familiar?

                                    A.        Matt. 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

                                    B.        We have it a lot easier than Abram.

                                                1.         Abram did not have the completed Word of God to refer to anytime.

                                                            A.        We do have the completed Word of God.

                                                                        1.         1 Cor. 13:10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

                                                2.         All Abram had was “Go!”

                                                            A.        He did not know where or why.

                                                                        1.         He could not open his Bible and study it as to where and why.

                                                                        2.         We can open our Bibles anytime and study what God wants for us because we have everything that pertains to life and godliness.

                                                                                    A.        2 Peter 1:3 As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.

                                                                        3.         We know where and why we are going.

                                                                                    A.        We have more information that Abram did.

                                                                                                1.         Where are we going?

                                                                                                            A.        To find the lost.

                                                                                                                        1.         Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek.

                                                                                                2.         Why are we going?

                                                                                                            A.        Because they are lost.

                                                                                                                        1.         Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.

                                                3.         We have one thing in common:

                                                            A.        The command to “Go!”

                                                                        1.         Gen. 12:1

                                                                        2.         Matt. 28:19-20

                                                            B.        All Abram needed was this command.

                                                                        1.         All we should require is the command of God!


            A.        He was given the command to go and a blessing.

                        1.         Though the command was enough because it came from God.

                                                A.        He was given a blessing that would come into effect through obedience.

                                                            1.         Gen. 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

                                                                        A.        Though it does not say that he had to be obedient to receive the blessing, it is implied through the command.

                                                            2.         This same concept is also found in the Great Commission in Matthew.

                                                                        A.        Matt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

                                                                                    1.         We have to be obedient to the “go” in order to receive the blessing of Christ being with us.

                                                                                                A.        The command implies the obedience to receive the blessing.

                                                                                                B.        A command requires obedience or it is not a command.

                                                                                                            1.         It is a suggestion.

                                                                                                            2.         Therefore, when Abram was commanded to go, he had to go in order to receive the blessing.

                                                                                                            3.         Therefore, if we are going to receive a blessing, we must be obedient to the command “go.”

                                                            3.         Abram had the command of God and a promise of a blessing and therefore, Abram had all that he needed.

                                                                        A.        Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

                                                                                    1.         Though this had not been written yet at the time of Abram, he understood this concept.

                                                                                    2.         If Abram could understand this, we most definitely can understand it today.

                                                                                                A.        The same concept of God is taught in the New Testament.

                                                                                                                        1.         2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack                                                                                                                                                 concerning His promise, as some                                                                                                                                        count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not                                                                                                                                                  willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

                                                            4.         Abram had the word of God and “The Word of God.”

                                                                        A.        The same we have today.


            A.        After God had given the command and the blessing, Abram departed, no questions.

                        1.         Gen 12:5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.

                                    A.        Having less information than we have today, he acted.

                                                1.         Heb. 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

                                                2.         Will we depart by faith to find the lost souls in the world?

                                                3.         Abram did not wait; he gathered his family and went.

                                                            A.        Are we gathering our family and going?

                                                                        1.         Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

                                                                        2.         Abram made this decision for his family.

                                                                                    A.        Have we made the same for ours?

                                                                                    B.        It was recorded that Joshua said, “As long as you are living under my roof, you will serve the Lord.”

                                                                                                1.         Have we made this decision concerning those our home, under our roof?



1.         We have seen that both Abram and we have been given a command to  “go.”

2.         We learned that both Abram and we have all the information needed to go.

3.         And we have learned that Abram departed by faith and have asked the question: Have we obeyed the “go” command?

4.         Finally, the last question is: Do we have the faith of Abram?