Abraham: A Sermon Series on the Righteous Living by Faith

Abraham Sermon SeriesThis sermon series is based on Genesis 11:27 – 25:18.

And [God] brought [Abraham] outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
– Genesis 15:5-6

Abraham’s is a story of faith (see Hebrews 11:8-19). The Lord called him out of Ur of the Chaldees to the land of Canaan when he and his wife Sarai were without a child and advancing in age. He called him to believe that he would be a father not only to a son but to a nation, many nations even. He called him to believe that not only would he journey through the land of Canaan as a nomadic shepherd but that his people would one day possess the land. He called him to sacrifice his beloved son and Abraham went to the mountain believing God would provide His own lamb. He called Abraham to believe that through his offspring all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Ultimately, “no unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith is ‘counted to him as righteousness'” (Romans 4:20-22).

Abraham’s is also a story of God’s faithfulness. Though they waited some twenty-five years after the initial promise of a son, Abraham and Sarah conceived and she gave birth to Isaac, as God said they would. Upon Mt. Moriah, Abraham readied himself to give Isaac to the Lord but God proved faithful and provided a ram in place of Isaac. Over four hundred years later, through the forge of slavery in Egypt, God multiplied Abraham’s people and made them into a nation, leading them out of bondage into the promised land of Canaan. As amazing as these fulfillments of God’s promises to Abraham and his people were, the greatest was yet to come. Abraham beget Isaac, who beget Jacob, who beget the twelve tribes of Israel, but it was Jesus, begotten of God, who was and is the offspring of Abraham through whom all the nations are and will be blessed. It is Jesus who became the once and for all Lamb of God who was sacrificed not just in Isaac’s place but as a substitute for all of Abraham’s spiritual children of faith. It is Jesus who at His return will bring with Him the New Jerusalem, that heavenly city for which Abraham ultimately hoped (Hebrews 11:10) where all of God’s people will reside in eternal peace. For “the words ‘it was counted to him’ were not written for [Abraham’s] sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification,” (Romans 4:23-25).


The Sermons

  • Death and Descendants – Genesis 25:1-18 May 29, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 25:1-18. Click here to read the text. Death. Abraham lived 175 years then he died “in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people,” (v. 7). According to Hebrews 11, he “died in faith.” Abraham had been promised much by God ...
  • The Wife of Issac – Genesis 24:1-33 May 22, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 24:1-33. Click here to read the text. Abraham is old, advanced in years, and blessed in every way. The perfect picture of retirement. But Abraham is not taking it easy. Anything but. He is busy making plans. Plans. (vv. 2-10) Plans are common occurrences. Old and young alike, we make plans ...
  • A Firstfruit of the Promised Land – Genesis 23:1-20 May 15, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 23:1-20. Click here to read the text. Sarah lived 127 years, then she died. Abraham’s wife was a significant woman and a key figure in the early days of God’s covenant with the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). After her death, Abraham set about procuring a burial spot. This was ...
  • The LORD Has Provided – Genesis 22:1-24 May 8, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 22:1-24. Click here to read the text. The binding and redemption of Isaac is, for all intents and purposes, the climax of Abraham’s life. He had been walking faithfully with the LORD since he left Ur (Genesis 12:1ff), fueled by the promise of God that he, Abraham a childless shepherd, ...
  • Well of the Oath – Genesis 21:22-34 May 1, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 21:22-34. Click here to read the text. At the time of Isaac’s weaning (v. 22, see Genesis 21:8ff), Abraham was living in the region of Canaan governed by King Abimelech of Gerar. Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, visited Abraham and called him to “swear by God” that ...
  • The Sons of Abraham – Genesis 21:1-21 April 24, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 21:1-21. Click here to read the text. God always keeps His Word. He promised Sarah and Abraham a son in their old age. Not just any son, but the son of covenant promise. He kept that promise (“as He had said… as He had promised.” v. 1)! God is powerfully present ...
  • If We Are Faithless, He Remains Faithful – Genesis 20:1-18 April 10, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 20:1-18. Click here to read the text. Last we saw Abraham he was overlooking the smoke rising from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He had prayed and pleaded for these cities, yet they were reduced to cinder and ash. God has made and kept a promise of destruction and ...
  • The Judgment of the Lord in Various Forms – Genesis 19:1-38 April 3, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 19:1-38. Click here to read the text. When last we saw Abraham (Genesis 18:16-33) he was making intercession before the LORD on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 19, we see the effects of his prayer. Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding valley were ultimately destroyed, but Lot and his ...
  • A Laughable Promise – Genesis 17:15 – 18:15 March 7, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 17:15 – 18:15.
  • Covenant Assurance – Genesis 17 February 28, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 17: 1-14. Click here to read the text. At the age of ninety-nine Abram was blessed to have the LORD appear to him and confirm the covenant that He had previously made with him. At His appearing the LORD identified Himself as God Almighty (El Shaddai) and He called Abram ...
  • Listening to the Voice of Another – Genesis 16 February 21, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 16:1-16. Click here to read the text. In Genesis 15:4, God promised Abram that his very own son would be his heir. No doubt Abram shared that good news with his wife, Sarai. Yet, Sarai’s barrenness persisted and with it the promise of a son remained unfulfilled. So Sarai came ...
  • Cutting for Covenant – Genesis 15 February 7, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 15:1-21.
  • Worthy of Undivided Loyalty – Genesis 14 January 31, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 14:1-24.
  • Delaying Gratification by Faith – Genesis 13 January 24, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 13:1-18.
  • Self-Preservation: An Enemy to Faithfulness January 18, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 12:10-20.
  • A Great Covenant January 10, 2016 This sermon is based on Genesis 11:27-12:9.