Charles Dickens begins his classic, A Tale of Two Cities, saying, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This is not only a synopsis of the time before the French Revolution, it is a synopsis of all history. Every time carries with it good and bad. The book of Genesis explains why this is the case. Ever since the fall into sin, the best and worst have locked horns. The book of Genesis looks at the tension between the best and the worst and offers hope that the best is yet to come.
Sunday, July 15 - Wrestling with God
As Jacob is running from his brother, he wrestles with God in the middle of the night. Have you ever felt like you were wrestling with God? Counter intuitively, our greatest struggles with God can lead to great growth in our strength and in our faith.
Sunday, June 24 - Leah and Rachel
When Jacob falls in love with his uncle's daughter, Rachel, he is willing to do anything to get her. Love drives us to do many things. This is why we can be thankful that God's love for us drove Him to do the ultimate thing--to sacrifice His Son for our salvation.
Sunday, June 17 - Jacob and Esau
From the womb, two brothers, Jacob and Esau, feud with each other. When we feud with others, how are we to handle these feuds? Our desire to love others must always be stronger than our desire to triumph over others.
Sunday, June 10 - Isaac, Son of Abraham
God makes an unthinkable request of Abraham -- to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. But a human sacrifice can never atone for human sins. God himself must provide the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world -- His only Son.
Sunday, May 20 - Sodom and Gomorrah
Sodom and Gomorrah were the epitome of wickedness in the ancient world. Yet, in spite of their wickedness, Abraham argues for God's grace. When we see wickedness, how do we argue? Do you (we) argue for judgment or grace?
Sunday, May 13 - Abraham (Sermon not recorded due to technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.)
God continues to seek new beginnings in a world filled with old sin. He makes a promise to Abraham to, from him, bring forth a new nation that will be a beacon of righteousness in a world darkened by sin. He also shows us how righteousness ultimately comes about by faith. The seed of Abraham will ultimately be the ONE through whom all mankind is blessed.
Sunday, May 6 - Babel
Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God's position by building a tall tower. This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition. Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens. But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God's perfect commands.
Sunday, April 29 - Noah
As man's wickedness increases, God's justice against sin is finally rendered in the form of a flood. But out of disaster emerges a man chosen by God to bring forth a new beginning--Noah. As "new creations" (2 Corinthians 5:17), we too are called to bring forth new beginnings in a world that is filled with sin.
Sunday, April 22 - Cain and Abel
The effects of Adam and Eve's fall into sin quickly become apparent in the story of Cain and Abel. Hatred and death quickly have their way. But in the face of evil, God both exacts justice and gives grace. He forces Cain to wander the earth, but He also protects Cain's life even though he has taken his brother's life.
Sunday, April 15 - The Fall
God's good creation was quickly corrupted by a rebellious decision. If Genesis 1 describes the best of times, Genesis 3 ushers in the worst of times and sets up a tension for the rest of the book, for the rest of the Bible, and for all of history. We live in this tension, however, with hope: for God has promised to swallow up the worst of times in His Son.
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