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Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth. Genesis 28:20-22

Read: Genesis 28:10-22
Genesis 28


In our new sermon series, Renew, we look at critical moments in the lives of four people: Jacob, Joshua, Samuel and Elijah. While these individuals experience life differently, they each face a moment when they need to recommit their lives to God and their relationship with him.

For Jacob, this moment comes when he runs from home because of his decisions. He is alone and afraid. Yet, God takes the initiative and meets Jacob in this crisis. Jacob responds by marking the spot and making a vow to God.

As we read the stories of these four individuals, we have the opportunity to consider what it could look like for us to renew or recommit our lives to God. For some of us, our relationship with God has taken a backseat. We may say, “That’s me right now. I need to renew or return to God.” For others, spiritual drift has been gradual, but we sense things need to change. Wherever we find ourselves, may God use this series to renew and grow us in our relationship with him.


As we start this series, begin in a word of prayer. Ask God to make it clear where you need to renew your faith. Then ask him to help you and provide strength to grow in whatever area he reveals.


Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse!

PSALMS 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.