How Do You Know God Loves You?

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent

The Texts:  Genesis 28:10-22 and Romans 5:1-11
Sermon
Genesis 28:10-22
10  Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran.
11  When he came to a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had gone down. He took one of the stones from that place, put it under his head, and lay down there.
12  He had a dream in which he saw a stairway set up on the earth with its top reaching up to heaven. He saw the angels of God going up and coming down on it.
13  The LORD was standing above it, saying, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give the land on which you are lying to you and your descendants.
14  Your descendants will be like the dust on the earth. You will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. Through you and through your descendant every family on earth will be blessed.
15  Remember, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will also bring you back to this land because I will not leave you until I do what I’ve promised you.”
16  Then Jacob woke up from his sleep and exclaimed, “Certainly, the LORD is in this place, and I didn’t know it!”
17  Filled with awe, he said, “How awe-inspiring this place is! Certainly, this is the house of God and the gateway to heaven!”
18  Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had put under his head. He set it up as a marker and poured olive oil on top of it.
19  He named that place Bethel [House of God]. Previously, the name of the city was Luz.
20  Then Jacob made a vow: “If God will be with me and will watch over me on my trip and give me food to eat and clothes to wear,
21  and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will be my God.
22  This stone that I have set up as a marker will be the house of God, and I will surely give you a tenth of everything you give me.”

Romans 5:1-11
1  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
4  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
5  and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
8  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
10  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
11  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Sermon for the Second Sunday In Lent 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 585 South St. (Route 75), Suffield CT 06078 USA  http://www.gslcsuffield.com

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