Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-8,15,16 God makes a covenant with Abraham and Sarah to provide a child and then many descendants. Above all, he will be their God.
Romans 4:13-25 Paul describes Abraham as the father of many spiritual nations because he received the promises of the covenant by trust and not on reliance on efforts through the law of God.
Mark 8:31-38 Jesus makes it clear that allegiance to him also involves a willingness to forsake everything for him, even one’s life.