Beyond the Broadcast

August 7–November 6, 2014

Chuck Swindoll's

Abraham: One Nomad's Amazing Journey of Faith

What does it mean to be “the friend of God”? Though he lived in a world at enmity with God, Abraham modeled an enviable walk of faith. When told to go, he went. When promised, he believed. When commanded, he obeyed—even when it seemed to make no sense at all. Abraham wasn’t “the friend of God” (James 2:23) because of his intellect, his pedigree, or his fortune. Abraham was God’s friend because of his faith. Follow the great Patriarch on his epic adventure in Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith, and be challenged to answer life-changing questions. As you witness an imperfect man’s transformation into a hero of the faith, you’ll be warned by his failures and inspired by his trust . . . and you’ll learn what it really means to be a “friend of God.” 

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Additional Resources


  • Genesis 12:1–9
  • Genesis 15:1–6
  • Genesis 22:1–14
  • Luke 17:28–33
  • Acts 7:2–8
  • Romans 4:1–25
  • Galatians 3:1–9
  • Hebrews 7:1–10
  • Hebrews 11:8–19
  • James 2:20–24

Message Mates

These helpful guides provide a clear overview of Chuck's messages, including his main points and application principles. Use the Message Mates to prepare for the program or to review Chuck's points in your own time of study or reflection and find trustworthy tools for digging deeper into the topic of the message.

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  1. A Patriarch in Panorama
  2. Going . . . Not Knowing
  3. Never-to-Be-Forgotten Promises
  4. When the Faithful Fail
  5. A Decision That Led to a Disaster
  6. Abram, the Greathearted
  7. Can We Talk?
  8. Running ahead of God
  9. Deepening Our Roots with God
  10. One of Those Upper-Downer Days
  11. What Happens When We Pray?
  12. When the Cesspool Overflows
  13. A Wail of Two Cities
  14. Overcoming Depravity's Dangerous Undertow
  15. Disobedience Déjà Vu
  16. It's a Boy!
  17. Forgiven Sin . . . Lingering Consequences
  18. When God Says, "Let Go!"
  19. The Pleasures of Passing God's Exams
  20. On Finding Your Lifelong Companion
  21. What a Way to Go!
  22. Portrait of a Hero . . . Warts and Everything

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What's Next

Conversations with Chuck: Abraham
November 7–11, 2014

In this riveting Conversations with Chuck interview with prolific apologist Ravi Zacharias, Chuck Swindoll concludes his series, Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith. Chuck’s insightful questions cover topics such as failure, temptation, aging, and more.

Gleaning from the example of Abraham, Ravi and Chuck also tackle subjects such as the challenges of the Middle East conflict, strategies for guarding against greed, and advice for those considering ministry.

This discussion explores the faith, foibles, and legacy of Abraham—the “father” of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—and offers lessons from Abraham’s life that believers may apply today.