Practical Providence Genesis 50:15-21

The gospel is simple, but not simplistic That’s where providence comes in—it’s similar to the gospel,  because providence is simple but not simplistic Our three points:  1.  God’s good design;  2.  The Hardest Stuff;  3.  Providence as a Teacher.  Like the other sermons in this series, we’re starting with a text, but we’re scanning all…

Abraham’s Fulfillment pt. 2 Gen. 12:1-3; John 1:1-18

Today we’re looking at the fourfold promise to Abraham again. People. Place. Presence. Program.  But I’ve been persuaded that Plan is a good replacement for program.  So, people, place, presence, plan.  Last week we covered the first two:  people and place.  The fulfilment of place under Jesus points out a key truth in how God’s…

Abraham’s Fulfillment Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:1-18

Introduction:  We’ve spent a significant amount of time looking at the promises God gave to Abraham, which has given us a framework for understanding how God works through promises to his people.  Today we’re gonna use that framework to look specifically at the how God works out these promises through the Bible’s history and even…

Faithful God, Fallible Followers Genesis 26:1-16

Intro:  When we talk about the patriarchs in the Bible we’re referring to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.  Out of the four, Isaac really gets the short end of the stick in terms of chapters.   But there are  two important truths revealed in Isaac’s life. Isaac’s story serves to show us that God’s purpose in…

Following The Promises Genesis 17-23

First Audience:  I still remember my class on the Pentateuch… Put yourself in the shoes/sandals of the Israelite who first received Genesis, who first heard Abraham’s story. The Israelites hoped in God, specifically in the promises God made to Abraham in Genesis 12 The passage I read focuses on God fulfilling the promise of people…

Eating with God Genesis 14:17-24

Genesis 14:17-24 Introduction:  some sermons are “action” action sermons that will emphasize what you can do in response to hearing them. This sermon ain’t that.  There will be an exhortation to hear and follow, but it won’t have an outward action like “give to the cause”.   This sermon is meant to be thought provoking, meditative,…

Waiting on the Promises Genesis 12-16

Genesis 12-16 Introduction: we all know about standing on the promises, but today I’ve picked the title “waiting on the promises” as we look at the first half of Abraham’s life. Remember our aim in this series is to get a “big picture” understanding of the Bible—kind of a bird’s eye view of God’s redemptive…

Living in the Light of God’s Great Acts Genesis 6-9

Genesis 6-9 I imagine we all know who Corrie Ten Boom is We think of testimonies like this and rightly appreciate the heroics of a Christian keeping her faith through it Today we see it in the flood—Genesis 6-9 Three of those themes in the  Flood: These themes:  the danger of sinfulness, judgment/salvation, and Covenant…