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Our names, to a certain degree, define us. In ancient times, a name often identified a person’s most dominant personality traits. For a long time, our two main characters have been known as Abram and Sarai. All that changes in that passage. God assigns them new names. These new names are a recognition that God is reshaping their identities and their destinies. When God calls and you answer, he will do the same for you. (This is sermon 2 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.