Sermons: Genesis

This is a sermon series on the Book of Genesis as preached in our Sunday morning worship service.

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“In the beginning... God“
Text: Genesis 1:1 Date: 07/27/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Genesis is the foundation for all the rest of the Scriptures. This week we will are camping out just on Gen 1:1 – what radical implications there are if we truly believe this!

The Caring Creator
Text: Genesis 1:2-25 Date: 08/03/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: In these verses we see how our caring and loving God prepared a special place just for us.

The Glory of Man
Text: Genesis 1:26-2:3 Date: 08/10/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Human life is not cheap – we are created in the image of God! What does that really mean?

Man: Up Close and Personal
Text: Genesis 2:4-25 Date: 08/17/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Genesis 2 takes a zoom lens and focuses on this marvelous creation of man. We learn more about God's plan for us personally, and for our marriages!

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The Fall of Our Lives
Text: Genesis 2:25-3:7 Date: 08/24/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Everyone, it seems, thinks they know the sad story of Adam and Eve and the “apple.” But there is much, much more there than most people think. What an amazing commentary on the nature of temptation, sin, and the need to hold to God’s revealed word. There couldn’t be a more relevant passage to our lives today!

The Great Cover-Up
Text: Genesis 3:7-13 Date: 08/31/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Our society thrives on playing the “blame game”; we’re all just victims of other people’s faults. As wise King Solomon said, “There’s nothing new under the sun.”

Paradise Lost… For Now
Text: Genesis 3:14-24 Date: 09/07/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: As we continue in this divine drama for the ages, we see how God responds to the serpent, to the woman, and to the man. Though God’s curse now falls upon this planet, there yet is great hope.

Crouching Sin, Roaring Lion
Text: Genesis 4:1-16 Date: 09/14/2008 Speaker: Tim Wagner
Description: It doesn’t take long before we see the effects of sin begin to tear apart that original family. Jealousy, hatred, strife, and even murder are now a reality.

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Life in the Big City
Text: Genesis 4:17-26 Date: 09/21/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Is technological and cultural advancement necessarily a good thing?

“And He Was Not“
Text: Genesis 5:21-24 Date: 09/28/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Even when evil and violence was proliferating over the earth through the likes of Lamech, there were bright spots. And there was none brighter than Enoch, whom God chose just to “take,” before Enoch even had to experience death. What was so special about Enoch?

God’s Tipping Point
Text: Genesis 6:1-8 Date: 10/05/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: One of the most curious passages in Genesis (and the Bible, for that matter) is Gen 6:1-4. What’s going on here? As we take it in its larger context (Gen 6:1-8), we realize the basic message is quite straight-forward: it’s just another form of sin leading to God’s “tipping point.”

"But God Remembered Noah"
Text: Genesis 6:9-22 Date: 10/12/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: As we take in the story of the Great Flood (Gen 6:9-9:17), we see in Noah what kind of person is saved out of a lost and corrupt world.

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The Gospel According to Noah
Text: Genesis 6:9-9:17 Date: 10/26/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Jesus taught that the whole of the Old Testament pointed to him. This sermon looks at the account of Noah and the flood and asks what parallels there might be between Noah and Jesus.

A Fresh Start
Text: Genesis 9:18-29 Date: 11/09/2008 Speaker: Neal Patel
Description: Even after the flood, sin and strife remain a part of life on the earth, but God’s blessing is also being worked out.

The Quest for a Name
Text: Genesis 11:1-9 Date: 11/16/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Everyone seems to be out to make a name for himself. But the truth is: only God can make a name for us. That’s the lesson of the Tower of Babel.

“Father Abraham Had Many Sons”
Text: Genesis 11:27-12:9 Date: 11/30/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: All of history changed with God’s calling of a single man, Abram. He’s the “father of our faith.” What does it mean for us to be a son/daughter of Abraham?

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Sputtering Faith
Text: Genesis 12:10-13:4 Date: 12/07/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Though Abraham was a man of faith, he wasn’t a man of perfect faith. It sputtered from time to time… like ours.

“O, Come All Ye Faithful”
Text: Genesis 13:1-14:16 Date: 12/14/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: After Abram is re-aligned in his relationship with the LORD, he once again becomes a great model of faith for us in the way he deals with some challenging situations pertaining to his nephew, Lot.

Our Great Priest-King
Text: Genesis 14:17-24 Date: 12/21/2008 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: After a heroic rescue operation Abram is met by two kings – one who turns out to be one of the most mysterious figures in the whole Bible. But yet, one who sheds much light on our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Standing on the Promises”
Text: Genesis 15:1-21 Date: 01/04/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: In Genesis 15:6 we find that epic statement: “And he [Abram] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” That’s what we need more than anything else: righteousness!

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Helping God Along
Text: Genesis 16:1-16 Date: 01/11/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: The roller-coaster ride of faith continues with Abram, as his faith short-circuits again. Bowing to his wife’s pressure, he tries to produce an heir through her servant, Hagar. But our patient and gracious God doesn’t give up on his plan.

“Is Anything Too Hard for the LORD?”
Text: Genesis 17:1-18:15 Date: 01/18/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Is anything too hard for the LORD? The text for this sermon tells us, NO!

“Shall Not the Judge of All the Earth Do What is Just?”
Text: Genesis 18:16-19:29 Date: 01/25/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the most terrifying in all the Scriptures…and yet, really, more than anything else, it’s a story about God‘s mercy.

God’s Foolproof Promise
Text: Genesis 20:1-18 Date: 04/19/2009 Speaker: Neal Patel
Description: We’re amazed that Abraham could make the same faithless mistake again… like us.

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A Laughing Matter
Text: Genesis 21:1-7 Date: 04/26/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Even after Abraham’s ups and downs with his faith, God is faithful, and Isaac is born. God is a God who brings wonderful joy and laughter of soul to all those who trust in him.

Proving the Provider
Text: Genesis 22:1-19 Date: 05/10/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: One of the most dramatic and heart-wrenching stories in the whole Bible: Abraham’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac. But this is much, much more than a great story — we learn about faith, and the ultimate object of our faith: God’s Son.

A Stake in the ‘Better Country’
Text: Genesis 23:1-20 Date: 05/17/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: As we follow our plot-line of God’s Promise through the book of Genesis, we see Abraham buying a burial plot for his wife Sarah, as she dies. Just as Abraham had at least a stake in the Promised Land, so we too, today, have a stake in the “better country” (Hebrews 11:16) to come.

The Invisible Maestro
Text: Genesis 24:1-67 Date: 05/24/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: For God’s promise to carry on, Abraham’s heir, Isaac, needs a wife. Behind the charming story of Genesis 25 is the hand of ”the Invisible Maestro.”

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Jacob and Esau: The Scandal of Grace
Text: Genesis 25:19-34 Date: 05/31/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: When we think of the promise being passed down from Isaac and Rebekah to Jacob, we would assume that Jacob must have been a pretty good guy, particularly because he was the younger of the twins, not the one who would normally receive the birthright, but…? We’re dealing with “the scandal of grace.”

The God Intent to Bless
Text: Genesis 26:1-28:9 Date: 07/05/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: As we read through these stories of the great patriarchs, Isaac and Jacob, we wonder: are they really such great heroes? Yes, there were times when they revealed a deep faith in the LORD, but yet they certainly don’t seem worthy of God’s great blessing. But God WILL BLESS whom he chooses!

Grace Enough for the Journey
Text: Genesis 28:10-22 Date: 07/12/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: “I am with you.” These were the Lord’s words to undeserving Jacob in his vision in Genesis. They are also His words to us today through Jesus Christ. How important it is for us to hear these words from the Lord, especially as we go through the trials of life.

A Marriage Mishap & Purposes of God
Text: Genesis 29:1-35 Date: 07/19/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Jacob, the deceiver, becomes the deceived, as he seeks his wife. But even through this marriage mishap, the Lord is at work to fulfill his good purposes.

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A Match for the Millennia
Text: Genesis 32:22-32 Date: 07/26/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: How in the world could Jacob ‘wrestle with God’ and yet prevail? He came out of the match not only alive, but transformed and blessed — like everyone else who sees God face to face through personal faith in his Son.

Reconciling Grace: How Sweet it is!
Text: Genesis 33:1-20 Date: 08/02/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Now Jacob’s ready to finally meet Esau (after 20 years!). How is it that upon seeing Esau, Jacob says, “For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God”?

When All Seems Lost
Text: Genesis 37:1-36 Date: 08/23/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Can you imagine how Jacob must have felt when he saw Joseph’s robe of many colors now soaked in blood? But in every sad story, our God is at work for good.

Revealing the Skeletons
Text: Genesis 38:1-30 Date: 08/30/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: There are no skeletons in the closet when it comes to the Bible. God’s Word always tells it like it is. The story of Judah and Tamar shows us that God is able to work in and through all types of sinners — even us!

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The Secret of Success
Text: Genesis 39:1-23 Date: 09/06/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Everyone wants it, don't they — the secret of success? Joseph found it.

Exalted to Save
Text: Genesis 40:1-41:57 Date: 09/13/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Joseph rose from being in a pit to being the Prime Minister. He was exalted to save, just like Jesus.

“You Sold Me… God Sent Me”
Text: Genesis 42:1-45:15 Date: 09/27/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: The story of Joseph can be summed up by his paradoxical words to his brothers: “You sold me… God sent me.” We never know how God may be at work in and through us even through the most difficult times of our lives. It’s this realization that frees us up to love and serve others.

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Text: Genesis 49:8-12 Date: 10/04/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: One of the amazing qualities of God’s Book is that it tells the future. In his final blessing for his sons, Jacob reveals their future. His words to his son Judah are monumental. They reveal a great coming Ruler - Jesus Christ.

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Finishing Well — In Faith
Text: Genesis 50:15-26 Date: 10/18/2009 Speaker: Gary Kirst
Description: Christian life is not just about getting a good start, but even more importantly, finishing well. When Joseph came to the end of his life, he finished well — in faith that God would keep all his promises.