September 25, 2016: “Living Between Grace and Gratitude: Covenant”

Audio of the sermon from September 25 is at this

The Scripture readings are Genesis 17 and Galatians 3:1-9.

A PDF file of the worship bulletin for the day is here.

“‘Walk before me and be blameless.’ Some translations say, “Be perfect.” But the meaning here is not “be sinless.” It’s more like, “Walk before me and be whole, be complete.” In other words, walking before God, following God’s way, is the very thing that will make you whole and complete as a person. So often in our culture it almost seems as if people are interviewing God for a job. They’re looking for a particular kind of God, one that suits our preferences. You might hear them say, “I’m seeking a God who will make me more open to the eternal present.” That’s one I’ve heard. Or someone might say, “My God would be accepting and not judgmental.” Maybe you’ve heard such things, or said them yourself. The thing is, though, that if God exists, then he is who he is. If you want a relationship with him, you have to deal with him as he is. None of us gets to give God a job interview. So there is a realism about the covenant he makes with us: ‘I am God Almighty. The way to wholeness is to walk before me.'”