Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

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

God made humanity in his image to glorify him. But how do we glorify God? That's the question we tackle together in Genesis 2:4-17.

Resources:

Genesis 2:4-17
New American Commentary, Genesis 1-11, Kenneth Mathews
Word Biblical Commentary, Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham
From Eden to New Jerusalem by T. Desmond Alexander
The Temple & The Church’s Mission by G.K. Beale
Various sermons on God’s glory by John Piper

God made all of humanity in his image as his royal representatives. In this sermon we explore three implications that flow from this identity: Humanity has unified dignity, Humanity has designed diversity, and be who you really are.

Resources:

Genesis 1:27
New American Commentary, Genesis 1-11, Kenneth Mathews
God & the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker
Making Sense of God by Tim keller
The Temple & The Church’s Mission by GK Beale
Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel by Ray Ortlund Jr.

At the pinnacle of His work, the unrivaled creator makes humanity in his image to live as his royal representatives in all the earth.

Resources:

Genesis 1:26-2:3

The Temple and the Church’s Mission by GK Beale
New American Commentary, Genesis 1-11, Kenneth Mathews
Creation & Blessing by Hugh Ross
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/what-is-the-relationship-between-the-cultural-mandate-and-the-great-commission/ (video)

Since God ordered the universe by his sovereign word, we should order our lives by his written word under his sovereign care.

Resources:

Genesis 1:1-25

New American Commentary, Genesis 1-11 by Kenneth Mathews
A Commentary on the Psalms by Allen P. Ross
Redeeming Science by Tim Keller
Painting illustration borrowed from Mike Anderson

In this sermon we explore what happened at the beginning of everything so that we can understand who God is, why we're here and where everything is going.

Resources:

Genesis 1:1-2

Genesis 1-11:26, New American Commentary by Kenneth A. Mathews

ESV Study Bible

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Center City Sermons

We are made in the image of God and commanded to fill the entire earth with God's image for God's glory. But where do we start? In Genesis 2, we zoom in on the creation of the first man in his first home.

Resources:

Genesis 2:4-17

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture, William Edgar

As the origin story of Genesis rolls on, we zero in on another big question Genesis answers: Who are we? Identity involves a sense of self and a sense of worth, and we'll see where both can really be found.

Resources:

Genesis 1:27

Making Sense of God (Chapters 6, 7, and 10), Timothy Keller

God and the Transgender Debate, Andrew Walker

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

As we continue to look at the creation account of Genesis 1, we arrive at a unique part of it: The creation of humans in the image of God. Why did God make us? What's our purpose? That's what we'll see.

Resources:

Genesis 1:26-2:3

Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture, William Edgar

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

 

After God creates everything, He forms and fills it by His Word so as to make the creation suitable for every need of humanity. As a result, we should praise Him, trust His Word, and obey His Word.

Resources:

Genesis 1:1-25

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Correlations with Providence in Genesis 1,” Vern Poythress

We are all born into the middle of a story, but you can't understand a story without understanding its beginning. In this sermon we go to the very beginning of the story of everything, where we learn that the God of the Bible created everything.

Resources:

Genesis 1:1

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15, Gordon Wenham

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

The Confessions, Augustine