Chosen: The Story of Abraham

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July 17 - September 4, 2016

Abraham remains a central figure for the world's three largest religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and his story is filled with heartbreak, intrigue, faithfulness, and promise. As we explore this hero of the faith, we will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be faithful followers of Christ amid life's changing circumstances.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 1)

God calls Abram to leave his home and his family. It is a call that comes without warning, without explanation, and without immediate assurances. It is a call very much like the way that God still calls us today.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 2)

Abram has answered God's call and is doing his best to trust in God's promise. But, still childless, he is beginning to find it hard to maintain his confidence that God's promise will be fulfilled. What do we do when we lose our confidence in the promises of God?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 3)

God reiterates and clarifies the promise to Abram and Sarai, confirming it by changing their names. But that is not all. Something is asked of Abraham—and all of us—in response.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 4)

Abraham and Sarah wait so long for God's promise to be fulfilled that they have given up hope. When God assures them that Sarah will have a son, they laugh. While we may laugh when God promises the impossible, God reminds us that it is precisely that—a kingdom so impossible, it's laughable—that God is working to bring about.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 5)

Abraham and God negotiate over the fate of the famed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A distant, all-powerful, all-knowing God has no need of interaction with humanity, but this is not the God of Abraham. The God of Abraham—the God we worship—is far more personal, and far more willing to embrace the uncertainty of human existence.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 6)

Hagar and her son Ishmael are sent away by Abraham, cast aside from God's promise—or so it would seem. Yet God remains committed to Hagar and her descendants, reminding us that though the promise was not made to Hagar—the outsider—it was made for her, and for all the outcasts who would come after her.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Chosen: The Story of Abraham (Part 7)

The story of Abraham reaches its climactic conclusion with the (in)famous scene in which he is commanded by God to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. This dramatic scene serves not only as a test of Abraham's faithfulness, but also as a test of the trust that God has placed in Abraham—and in us.