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Abraham

Abraham is often referred to as the ‘Father of the Faith’. Actually, he is the father of three faiths! 2.2 billion Christians, 1.6 billion Muslims and 20 million Jews all claim him as their spiritual father. Regardless of whether you are religious or not, Abraham is an important man to understand if you want to make sense of the world we live in.

God

More important than Abraham, however, is the God he worshipped. After all, Abraham died some 4000 years ago, but his God is Everlasting (Gen 21:33). He is the same yesterday, today and forever. As the spiritual children of Abraham, he is our God too (Gal 3:7)! Therefore, this term we will study our Everlasting God. In particular, we are going to discover what it looks like to trust in his word of promise.

To do this, we will walk with Abraham through Genesis 12-22 and learn from him as he learns to trust in the promises of God. It is a journey with lots of ups and downs. Abraham finds faith easy at first (Gen 12:1-4), but then he falters. His faith falters when the promises of God don’t match with the harsh realities of his life (chapters 12, 16 & 20). Throughout Abraham’s journey, God is gracious and kind, confirming his promises (chapter 15 and 17) and teaching him how to live in the gap between promise and reality.

Faith

Abraham is the exemplary man of faith in the Bible (Rom 4, Gal 3:6-14, Hebrews 11:8-19). So it is right for us to learn from him. That being said, if Abraham is only an example to be followed, he doesn’t offer much hope. For, despite his failures, who could live up to the example of Abraham? Thankfully, our salvation relies not on the strength of our faith, but in God’s faithfulness to his promises.

The Apostle Paul told the Galatians, God ‘announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you”’ (Gal 3:8). He is talking about Jesus Christ. To find faith in the promises of God, therefore, we ultimately to find faith in Jesus Christ. He is the one in whom all of God’s promises find their ‘yes’ (2 Cor 1:20). He is the one upon whom our salvation rests!

Join Us

So join us this term as we walk with Abraham through Genesis 12-22. Please ask God to use this series to help us find faith in our Everlasting God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to trust him as we live in the gap between promise and reality.

If you missed the first sermon in the series, listen to it now.