Lent 2017: Sinners to Saints: Becoming Who God Sees: Good to Great - Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Rev. Jeff J. Meyers
This year marks the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. One of the key catalysts of that movement was Martin Luther, who famously said that Christians are simultaneously both sinners and saints. We are sinners because we still sin, but we are also saints because God sees us in Jesus Christ. This paradoxical identity describes so much about the reality of human experience. In our series during Lent, we will look at seven characters who have had their names changed in Holy Scripture. The name changes mean more than they need a new nametag – they point to a shift from one identity to the next.
As the first sermon in our Lenten series, today we will look at Genesis 17 where God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. What does this new name mean for Abraham? Why does God wait until he’s ninety-nine to change his name? What does this story teach us about living according to the promises of God and how those promises can change our fundamental identity? Today we will see why the New Testament lifts Abraham up as an exemplar of the life of faith. He is the first person whom we will meet as we continue our journey to become the people that God sees.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Jeff J. Meyers