Making and maturing disciples of Christ

Beginnings

Beginnings sermon series

Death & Life

Genesis 49:29-50:26 – As the last 2 patriarchs die and Genesis closes, we’re reminded again of God’s control over all things and the call to trust God’s promises to the end.

Beginnings sermon series

Where is God?

Genesis 45-46:30. The story of Joseph reminds us that God is behind all things that happen to us. Jacob’s move to Egypt shows us that God is always keeping his Word. These truths provide comfort and encouragement for the believer who trusts in the Lord.

Beginnings sermon series

According to Plan

Genesis 41-44 – One day Joseph is in prison and the next he’s practically the most powerful man in the world!  In Joseph’s story, we see just how wonderful and surprising God’s workings are.  We’re urged to praise him and to… repent.

Beginnings sermon series

Forgotten?

Genesis 39-40 – Joseph’s life is the stuff of nightmares.  Betrayed, enslaved, falsely accused, imprisoned and seemingly forgotten – this is Joseph’s lot.  From this grim account, Christians can learn 2 facts about hard times: firstly, God is with us, and secondly so is temptation.

Beginnings sermon series

Jacob and Esau (Part 2)

Genesis 32-33. Jacob learns three lesson that are applicable to Christians today. Christians can expect to be overwhelmed. They ought to seek God’s help for a resolution of their trials. And they should follow God’s plan as revealed in Scripture, rather than their own plans. It is through these lessons that God’s people may expect […]

Beginnings sermon series

God Awareness

Gen 30:25-31:55 – How aware are you of God’s working in your life on a daily basis?  Jacob’s up to his old tricks again, but God continues to provide for and protect Jacob in spite of Jacob.  Will Jacob grow in God awareness?  Will you?

Beginnings sermon series

God Remembers

Gen 29:14-30:24 – A peek into Jacob’s family life is sad, but all the time, God’s promise is growing.  Is your life similarly “messy?”  Remembering that God is at work changes everything.

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I am with you…

Genesis 28:10-29:14a – Do God’s promises still apply to a trickster like Jacob?  Surprisingly, yes.  As God first speaks to Jacob, we’re challenged to re-think our priorities and pay attention to the outworking of God’s plan in our lives. God is near to tricksters.

Beginnings sermon series

A Quest for Blessing

Genesis 27-28.9 – This is a story without a hero, at least a hero that is seen. Each character in the story is seeking blessing, but all of them seek blessing in their own ways. It is only when this family begins to seek blessing in the Lord that true blessing comes.

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‘God has led me…’

Genesis 23-24 – Luck? Fate? Chance? Every description falls short. Again through Abraham’s life, we see that God directs our every step.  He also gives us assurances of His care along the way.  Prepare to be encouraged.

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God’s substitute

Genesis 22 – Unbelievably, God tells Abraham to kill his son Isaac and offer him as a burnt offering.  What will Abraham do? Through Abraham and Isaac we learn invaluable lessons about faith and God’s grand plan to provide a substitute for sinners.

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Surprise!

Genesis 20-21 – God works in… surprising ways.  It’s no less true in our lives than in Abraham’s.  Let God’s Word and Abraham’s story prepare you live well in a surprise-filled world.

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A sign

Genesis 17 – Faith is believing what God says, but we struggle to do just that!  As God re-affirms His covenant with Abram, we’re encouraged to live lives of faith – even when God’s promises seem too good to be true.