sermon guide (10-21-2012)
“Dreams, Bread and a Hanging”

October 21, 2012
Pastor Roger Ball
Be silent. Hush Christian. Shut up Christian. Don’t talk about the Bible. People don’t need God. Be politically correct. But the Bible says the exact opposite. People saw Jesus as a great friend who boldly talked about His Father. Use courage. God is real. All powerful. Humans are flawed. People truly need the Lord. God says Christians MUST graciously share HIS good news and the bad news. Today you will find faith and courage from God through two dreams with opposite outcomes.

Express God’s Good News and Bad News …

Genesis 40:9 – So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;
(10) and on the vine were three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, and its clusters produced ripe grapes. (11) Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.”
Interpretation:
Genesis 40:12 – Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; (13) within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
Can you do me a favor?
Genesis 40:14 – Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. (15) For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon.”
Now the top chef.
Genesis 40:16 – When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favorably, he said to Joseph, “I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head; (17) and in the
top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.” (18) Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; (19) within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.” (20) Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.
Conclusion:
Genesis 40:21 – He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; (22) but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. (23) Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

How to Give God’s Good News and Bad News

1. ______________.

Genesis 40:9 - So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;
2. __
________________.
Genesis 40:9 - So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;
3. Dreams go __
____________.
Genesis 40:10 - and on the vine were three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, and its clusters produced ripe grapes.
Genesis 40:11 - Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.”

4. To go beyond human wisdom use __
____ based on __________.
Genesis 40:12 - Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days;
Genesis 40:13 - within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
5. When in need, be wise, __________.
Genesis 40:14 - Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house.
Genesis 40:15 - For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon.”
6. Give ___________________.
Genesis 40:16 - When the chief baker saw that he had interpreted favorably, he said to Joseph, “I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head;
Genesis 40:17 – and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
Genesis 40:18 - Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;
Genesis 40:19 – within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”
Genesis 40:22 - but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Genesis 40:23 - Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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