Gender reveal parties celebrate what ultrasound technology allows us to see. Without an ultrasound, Abraham and Sarah knew the gender of their miracle baby, and much more.

Notes And Next Steps

Genesis 18:9-15 + Part 8 of the series “Genesis: In The Beginning"

Faith is not automatic, nor is it a single event.

“Where is your wife Sarah?” (Genesis 18:9).

“I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” (Genesis 18:10)

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13,14)

Isaac in Hebrew means “laughter.” A reminder that God does wonderful, extraordinary things.

It is pretty easy at times to trust only in what we can see, even when that is incredibly unreliable.

Ultrasound faith sees God’s promises of blessing even when they seem impossible or absurd.


        1. Read Galatians 4:23, where the Bible contrasts the two sons of Abraham (Ishmael from Hagar and Isaac from Sarah). The promises of God are not accomplished “according to the flesh,” but according to our faith in God’s “divine promise.” Contrast flesh and faith in your spiritual life. Pray for understanding the difference. What promises of God do you need to better believe right now?
        2. Faith is not automatic or a single event. How has your journey, looking to a particular promise of God, helped your faith grow? Share with a friend or your family, and share the video of this Sunday message.
        3. Read Hebrews 11:8,11. Why did Sarah have faith that this promise would come true and it did? Because she considered God faithful. Do you want to have great faith? It’s all yours when you focus less on the facts and feelings of your circumstances and more on God’s faithful promises.