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Until this point in the narrative, all discussion of the covenant has centered on what God has done, is doing, or will do in the future. Abram has only been asked to trust, look at the sky, and observe as God took “liability” for both sides of the covenant. But, now God is inviting Abram into a participatory role. If he wants to be a functional member of this relationship, there are some expectations. What might that look like? (This is sermon 1 of 3 that will focus on Genesis 17.)
In this series, Called to Cross Over, we will be studying the life of Abraham. This imperfect patriarch was a person called to “cross over” in many ways. The word “Hebrew” is even linguistically tied to the idea of “crossing over” from one side to another. God’s dealing with mankind reaches a “crossing over” point in the events of Abraham’s life. As you listen to these sermons, consider how God is speaking to you and leading you and inviting you to “cross over” into a deeper relationship with him.