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

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?

Resources:

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

Flee God's Judgement; Look to God's Mediator

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Genesis 18:26 – 19:38

Trust God more than your doubts. We can do this because of grace, by acting according to his word, and because God can do the impossible. Learning from Abraham and Sarah how to overcome our doubts and place our hope in the finished work of Jesus.

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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

Learn to walk with the God you can trust by remembering who God is, remembering who you are, remembering the signs, and remembering to pass it on.

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Genesis 17:1-14
New American Commentary, Genesis 12-50 by Kenneth Mathews
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible
Alive to God 17 by Ray Ortlund

In this sermon we explore three reasons why we should live by faith in God's promises rather than our worries from Genesis 15.

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Genesis 15
ESV Study Bible
Preach the Word (Genesis) by Kent Hughes

Where is the good, blessed life really found? In Genesis 13-14, Abram's life reveals the paradox that blessing is found in humility over pride, faith over sight, and giving over grabbing.

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Genesis 13-14
Preach the Word Commentary (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible

God promises to bless all the nations of the world by choosing one man named Abraham to father one people that will be a blessing to all people. Through the life of Abraham we learn how to live by faith in Abraham's true offspring, Jesus Christ.

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Genesis 12:1-20
New American Commentary (Genesis 12-50) by Kenneth Mathews
Preach the Word Commentary (Genesis) by Kent Hughes
ESV Study Bible (Genesis Notes)

In the final sermon of Genesis 1-11 we focus on the end for which God created humanity and what it will take to accomplish it.

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Genesis 10-12:3
Genesis 1-11, New American Commentary, Kenneth Mathews
The Reversal of Babel by Ligonier Minsitries

In Genesis 4:1-6:8 we learn how breakdown in our vertical relationship with the Lord leads to breakdown in our horizontal relationships with one another and the only hope that really matters.

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Genesis 4:1-6:8
New American Commentary, Genesis 1-11, Kenneth Mathews
A Tale of Two Cities by Tim Keller

Sin ruins everything: Grace changes everything

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Genesis 3:7-24

The Tempter’s core temptation is the terrible lie: God cannot be trusted. If you obey God, you will not be happy. We'll look at the true Adam who can be trusted, where the first Adam failed.

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Genesis 3:1-6

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

As the creation account rolls on, we learn in this passage that we were created not only for a task, but for relationship. The first and most basic human relationship is marriage, though even if it points to a great relationship.

Resources:

Genesis 2:18-25

The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy and Kathy Keller

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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)

 

Note: Due to power outage, the sermon recording does not include the first 10 minutes of the service

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

Now that God has promised to bless Abram and make him a blessing to all nations, the question is whether Abram, and we, will trust God or ourselves.

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Genesis 13-14

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

When we come to Genesis 11:27, humanity has been divided into nations, all of which are in rebellion against God. However, in this passage God launches His plan to bless all those divided peoples through a blessed people, a people we must leave home to become a part of.

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Genesis 11:27-12:20

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

God created humanity to fill the earth with His image for His glory, but our desire for self-promotion and self-preservation gets in the way. But by coming down, God ensures His purpose will prevail.

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Genesis 10:1-11:26

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting your Work to God’s Work, Timothy Keller

Genesis began with God making everything and quickly proceeded to sin ruining everything. But God is a God not only of second chances, but much more: God remade everything.

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Genesis 8:20-9:29

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Common Grace“, Herman Bavinck

In a culture with so many problems, is there any way to not only survive, but thrive? In this passage we see the only way it is possible: God preserves the righteous.

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Genesis 6:9-8:19

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

Humans create culture; it's part of what it means to be human. The issue is what kind of culture? When God's rule is rejected, sin rules. It ruins culture by creating a culture of death.

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Genesis 4:1-6:8

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

“What is Christian Cultural Engagement?”, essay by Timothy Keller

Everything flourished under God's loving rule, but the world as we know it today doesn't seem like that. What happened? What's wrong with the world? In this sermon, we look at the Bible's basic answer.

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Genesis 3:7-24

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Genesis 1:1

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

Genesis: Tyndale Old Testament CommentariesDerek Kidner

The Confessions, Augustine