"People of the Promise" - Romans 9:1-13 - (August 9, 2020 - 10th Sunday in Pentecost)
When we look up bible passages that meet only our momentary needs to avoid worrying, avoid temptation, help us through the day, Christianity becomes something it was never intended to be: a private, personal religion. It becomes something you turn to not when you enter the world but when you retreat from it. It’s something you read in your private devotional time and you look forward to that moment when it is “just me and Jesus.” God becomes something like our best friend, a person who supports us when times get tough, and someone who helps us accomplish our plans and fulfill our dreams. The problem, of course, is that we have reversed roles with God. Rather than us being servants in God’s kingdom, God becomes a servant in ours. Rather than us being brought into God’s greater story, God is brought into ours. We explore why Paul is willing to sacrifice even himself for the sake of his Jewish brothers and sisters to come to the knowledge of Christ! What does it mean for you and me?!