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Jan 14, 2018

A Community Promised

A Community Promised

Passage: Genesis 12:1-3

Speaker: Dr. Steven Laufer

Series: Faces of Community

Category: Sunday Sermons

Keywords: blessing, community, covenant, promise, service

(Gen 12:1-3, 13:14-17, 22:15-18, 26:1-7)  Although the story of Israel’s history can begin with just one man and his immediate family, the early accounts of the Patriarchs reveals God’s plan from the outset to develop a community that would be known as his. The covenant promise made to Abraham, and then reaffirmed to Isaac and to Jacob, emphasized God’s plan to build a nation, comprised of people from different walks of life, that would be centered around himself. They would grow in number and be settled in a land they could call home. But he wasn’t just developing a community for the people’s best interests, he was doing so that they might become an agent of God’s best interests for all nations. This strategy of a blessed, God-centered community, seeking the well being of all peoples, is a strategy that continues in an ever expanding form still today.