The Call of Abraham – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost [8/11/19]

Today’s Passage:  Genesis 15:1-6

Opening Prayer: Father God, may our faith grow into something strong and mighty.  We know we can’t do it on our own; we need You.  I pray you would send the Holy Spirit to help us.  May the Holy Spirit show us that we can trust in You and Your promises.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Give Me Faith | Acoustic | Elevation Worship

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Call of Abraham – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost by David Lose.  David J. Lose, senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. He is an author, blogger, and public intellectual who speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.
“Sometimes I think it would be super helpful to treat our sermons like TV shows,” begins David Lose, as in, ‘Previously, in Genesis 12, God called Abraham and he went–no doubt, no questions, no conditions.  In today’s episode from Genesis 15, Abraham’s response to God is quite different.’”  Abraham complains to God, “You have given me no offspring, so one of my servants is going to be my heir. Not my children, not my descendant, but a servant.” Lose, Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis says, “Sometimes faith comes pretty easy, but sometimes God’s promises can be really hard to believe.” What do we do in such times?  Click the “play” button and find out!

Closing Song: Jeremy Camp – Walk By Faith

Closing Prayer:  Father God, we are broken and weak.  May we have faith in Your promises… even when believing in them is difficult.  We need You.   May the Holy Spirit show us how to walk by faith, in You Lord God – not by the ways of this world.  May we faithfully seek after You and your ways.  In the name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

Epilogue: Kutless – What Faith Can Do (Official Music Video)

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