This Sunday we were looking at the promises God made to Abraham and how they might possibly connect with us, after all, none of us is interested in being the parent of many nations, at least I don’t think anyone reading this is. So what’s the connection with us? What possible connection could we have with Genesis 17:4 recording God saying to Abraham (still Abram at that point) “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations.” (NRSV)
The connection comes when we look at this story from Paul’s perspective in Romans 4 where he goes to great lengths to help us understand that God’s promises aren’t contingent on our obedience to the Law, because the Law hadn’t been given yet, but are rather a sign of God’s grace to us.
I also talk about how our faith plays into the whole notion of God’s gracious gifts (promises) to us.
Knox Presbyterian Promises and faith
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Promises and faith
I hope you find some value in these thoughts and, as always, if you would like to interact with either or both of the sermons, feel free to put in a comment.