Pastor Evan continues his study of covenant by introducing covenant’s third critical element: making promises. He leads us through Abram’s encounter with God, during which God tells Abram that he will receive a “great reward” [inheritance] (Genesis 15:1,7). When Abram questions God how that will be, since he has no heir (vv 2-3,8), God responds by promising Abram that he indeed will possess offspring too numerous to count (vv 4-5). “On that day, the LORD made a covenant with Abram,” cementing His promise to Abram (vv 9-21). God’s goal in covenant is to reconcile us with God the Father, reminding us just who God is, what He has done, and what He will do (since we can’t do it ourselves). Covenant secures us by demonstrating God’s presence (He is always with us), brings people together by creating new life, and strengthens our relationships with God and others.