Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

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Genesis

Genesis is the foundational book in the whole of the canon. Without at least a cursory understanding of Genesis nothing in the Bible or the biblical worldview is coherent. In Genesis, God created humanity out of the dust in his own image to be like him and to represent him. We see the framework that holds the entire Bible together: covenants. God cuts covenant with his people and the whole rest of the Bible is about his people’s faithlessness and his faithfulness. Finally, Genesis provides the origin of the messianic hope that runs through the storyline of Scripture and finds ultimate fulfillment in Revelation 21-22.

Manayunk Sermons

As we near the close of Genesis, Jacob blesses his family and we see his trust in God's promised blessing and find hope for ourselves.

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Genesis 47:27-49:28

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Embrace God's Plan

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Tim Shutes

Genesis 46-47

https://www.esv.org/Genesis+46/

God is with us to redeem our past for his purposes, therefore we are free to repent of our sins and free to forgive those who have sinned against us.

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Genesis 42-45
WBC, Genesis, by Gordon Wenham
Preach the Word, Genesis, by Kent Hughes
Forgiveness: What it is and isn’t (article at acts29.com) by Sam Storms

The secret to remaining steadfast under trials is knowing the God who is with you to exalt you through trials.

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Genesis 39-41
Word Biblical Commentary, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Jacob and his family members are sinners and sufferers who receive amazing grace from God, reminding all of us to never be grace graduates.

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Genesis 34-36
Word Biblical Commentary (Genesis) by Gordon Wenham
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
Sexual Assault: Healing Steps for Victims by David Powlison

In these chapters God calls Jacob to go home, but there is more to it than that. God is calling Jacob to come home to God himself. Like Jacob, followers of Jesus "come home" to God daily by leaving, dealing with God, and dealing with people.

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Genesis 31-33
Preach the Word (Genesis) Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible
Counterfeit Gods by Tim keller
Press Through (sermon) by JD Graear
The World, The Flesh, & The Devil (article) by Ligonier Ministries (available online)

God is with us when others mess up our lives and he is disciplining us, revealing our idols, and keeping his promises.

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Genesis 29-30
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible
Redeeming Money by Paul Tripp

God is with us in the fatal root of our mess, the bitter consequences of our mess, and God is with us to the very end

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Genesis 27-28
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Kenneth Mathews
ESV Study Bible
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

God is with you by sovereign grace, therefore, you don't have to be afraid, you don't have to be impressive, and you don't have to be manipulative.

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Genesis 25:19-26:35
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Mathews
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Trusting God's providence with your future doesn't lead to passivity or anxiety, but to obedient responsibility and fervent prayer.

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Genesis 24-25:18
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Kenneth Mathews
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible (Genesis Notes)
Concise Theology by JI Packer
The Providence of God (article) by John Piper

In Genesis 22 Abraham learned that he must trust the Lord with his promised son. In Genesis 23, Abraham learns to trust the Lord with his promised land. In this chapter we learn how to live for the eternal land that God promises.

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Genesis 23
New American Commentary (Genesis), by Kenneth Mathews
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible

Genesis 22 is the culmination of Abraham's journey of faith. For decades the Lord has taught Abraham to trust Him. In Genesis 22 the rubber hits the road: will Abraham obey the God he trusts when it costs him everything?

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Genesis 22
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Kenneth Mathews
ESV Study Bible (Genesis Notes)
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
Cost of Discipleship Part 3 by Ray Ortlund (immanuelnashville.com)

In Genesis 21 the Lord fulfills his promise to provide Abraham and Sarah with a son. Throughout the chapter we learn three reasons why joy is found in taking God at his word.

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Genesis 21:1-34
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Kenneth Mathews
ESV Study Bible, Genesis Notes
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
Cost of Discipleship Part 3 (Sermon) by Ray Ortlund at Immanuel Nashville

What is the Lord Doing When You Hit Rock Bottom?

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Genesis 20
New American Commentary (Genesis) by Kenneth Mathews
ESV Study Bible, Genesis notes
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Center City Sermons

As we come near the close of Genesis, our eyes are drawn to the future, where God's kingdom will come under the reign of His chosen King.

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Genesis 47:27-49:28

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Jacob is now getting ready to head to Egypt, but is afraid to leave the promised land. God assures him and us that He is with us and will use us wherever He sends us to bless the nations through us.

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Genesis 46-47:26

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

After much brokenness and trauma in Joseph's life, in these chapters we read of the incredible story of reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers, one that calls all of us to be reconciled to one another.

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Genesis 42-45

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

God has told Joseph that one day he will be exalted, but in order for his exaltation (and ours) to serve the glory of God and others rather than self, he (and we) must be humbled first.

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Genesis 39-41

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

A look at the ways God's redemptive plan is shown in Genesis 37-38

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Genesis 37-38

Reformation Study Bible

Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Though Jacob was on his way home, he stopped along the way. Our reality is we aren't at our final home, and therefore we experience the ruinous effects of sin in heinous ways. But, there is hope.

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Genesis 34-36

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Sexual Assault: Healing Steps for Victims, David Powlison

Every human longs to go to their true home, the place they should have been born, but how do you get there? You have to leave the house of idols, deal with God, and deal with others.

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Genesis 31-33

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Counterfeit Gods, Chapter 7: The End of Counterfeit GodsTimothy Keller

Gifts are great as gifts, but can never replace the Giver. Throughout Genesis, God shows Himself to be the Giver of every good gift, but in this passage, we see the chaos that ensues when those gifts are used to replace Him.

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Genesis 29-30

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Counterfeit Gods, Chapter 2: Love is Not All You NeedTimothy Keller

 

God is with us when we ruin our lives (and we've all ruined our lives). Despite the fact that Jacob unleashes a maelstrom of destruction in his life and the lives of his loved ones, God remains faithful to him and promises His abiding presence with him.

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Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller

With Abraham now dead, God is still with the next generation, though as the story progress we find his favor cannot be bought. It is administered by sovereign grace, a doctrine simultaneously offensive and comforting.

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Genesis 25:19-26:35

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

As we conclude the section of Genesis focusing on Abraham and read of his death, we see he had a hope for the future beyond even his death that we too share with him.

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Genesis 24-25:18

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

The Complete Spurgeon Sermons on GenesisCharles Spurgeon

As we inch closer to the end of Abraham's story, we find the promise is progressively fulfilled, but sin and its effects are not yet eradicated. Yet through trust in God's promise of land in the future, we can have hope alongside mourning in the present.

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Genesis 23

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Who we're ultimately loyal to is revealed by how we act, not what we say. God tests us to expose what it really is, so that our hope will be set fully on Him.

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Genesis 22

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Counterfeit GodsTimothy Keller (Chapter 1)

 

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We can take God at His word by celebrating, praying, and remembering His word.

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Genesis 21

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

We're told frequently to have hope for the future because we can do whatever we put ours minds to, but what happens when you come up against your flaws? Is there a hope beyond you? Here we see Abraham's flaws reemerging, but the hope of God's power fulfilling His promise remains.

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Genesis 20

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

We saw last week that God is a God of grace, and this week we read that He is also Judge of all the earth? How can He be both? How can we survive His judgment? The answer is the mediator.

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Genesis 18:16-19:38

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Is God Anti-Gay?Sam Alberry

Faith is powerful, but how do you handle it when faith and the evidence in front of you seem to conflict? Genuine faith can exist alongside genuine doubt, but God is more trustworthy than our doubts.

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Genesis 17:15-18:15

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

 

You can't have real joy in life without loving relationship, and you can't have a loving relationship unless you're willing to be imposed upon. Here we see God's incredible love, and the demand it places on us.

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Genesis 17:1-14

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity, Brian Rosner

As we continue the story of Abram, we meet another barrier to faith in God's promise of future blessing: Our own efforts and schemes. Once again, God's promise proves more trustworthy.

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Genesis 16

Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 2, Genesis 16-50, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Ethics and the Beginning of Human LifeDr. Megan Best