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Genesis

Believe The Unbelievable

God's Grand Adventure

May 14, 2022 • Joshua Moffit • Genesis 46:1–4, Genesis 46:28–30

When faced with a fork in the road we often think we have to choose between obedience to God OR our own happiness because we cannot imagine how God could accomplish both. However, the paths of obedience and blessedness are not two different paths. God comes to remind us that the path of faith and obedience is the path of greatest blessing and happiness. The God who raises Jesus from the dead is worthy of trusting with our future happiness even when we don't understand or when he intentionally leads us down uncomfortable and even painful paths to get there.

It’s Enough

May 7, 2022 • Tim Cain • Genesis 44—45

Tonight’s story is one of paralyzing fear that turned into hugs and tears as forgiveness is offered and estranged brothers are reconciled together again. It’s the story of prayers being answered in ways that exceed anything anyone could have ever asked or imagined. It’s the story of a numb heart being revived when a father realizes the son that he thought was dead was actually alive and he was going to get to see him again before he died. But even better than all this, tonight’s story is just a shadow of a far bigger story with an even better ending that you and I have been invited to be a part of.

Relief and Restoration

April 30, 2022 • Tim Cain • Genesis 43:15–34

Relief, it’s something all of us long for. Relief from guilt and shame; relief from the insidious fear that perhaps our God is against us; relief from the sorrows that we bear and the pain that we carry. In this passage we will get to see both Joseph and his brothers find relief from some of their greatest burdens. In their story we will not only see that relief is possible, but we will also find out exactly where it can be found.

The Pursuing God

April 23, 2022 • Tim Cain • Genesis 43:1–14

Like all of us, Jacob struggled with letting things in this world become more important to him than God. Over and over in Jacob’s life we see that he looked to a person to give him what only God is able to give. But God did not let Jacob live comfortably with his disordered love, but instead he pursued him, often through disappointments, in order to bring him to the place where he was finally ready to look to God as his only hope. In God’s pursuit of Jacob we get a picture of the way our God pursues his people in order to loosen their grip on the things of this world and put their trust in him.

Haunted by Guilt

April 9, 2022 • Tim Cain • Genesis 42

We are a people who are haunted by the sins and the sufferings of our past. But what are we supposed to do about that? What do we do with the things we wish we could forget, but can’t? The memories that seem to spring up uninvited and often end up controlling us in ways that we know are unhealthy. Tonight we are going to look at a family that is haunted by a tragic event that took place over 20 years earlier. An event they all wish they could forget, but can’t. And in this story something happens to each of them that triggers their memory of the past. And in the midst of the many unhealthy responses to the past that we will see, there is one that I believe offers us hope and direction for dealing with the sins and the sufferings in our past.

When God Says No: Dealing with Hardships and Loss

April 2, 2022 • Genesis 41

Have you ever begged God for something that you knew was good, only to have God say no? Have you ever pleaded with God to let you keep someone that you loved dearly, only for him to take them away? Why? For 13 years Joseph asked God for good things and over and over again God said no. In Genesis 41 we finally see why. My hope is that in understanding why God said no to Joseph, we will get a better understanding of why he sometimes says no to us as well.

Dealing with Disappointment and Self-Pity

March 26, 2022 • Genesis 40

Disappointment and self-pity are two things that most of us are pretty familiar with. But what do we do about them? In tonight’s message we will see how Joseph was able to endure terrible injustice without falling prey to feeling sorry for himself. We will also consider what it is that God wants to say to us in the midst of our disappointments.

Where is God in Temptation?

March 19, 2022 • Wes Van Fleet • Genesis 39

Temptation is something that can feel inescapable, and if we are honest, hard to resist. In Genesis 39 we will see that Joseph resists temptation because he is driven by something more than just resisting. Listen and hear how the Gospel empowers us to resist sin and live for the glory of God.

Shame, Sexual Abuse, and the Gospel

March 12, 2022 • Tim Cain • Genesis 38

Some of you have endured some dark things in your lives that continue to haunt you with questions. You find yourself wondering, “Where was God when all this was happening?” “Did he see?” “Does he care?” “If I told anyone, would they believe me?” “Is it possible for God to use someone as broken as I feel right now?” And some of you haven’t just endured some dark things in your life, some of you have been so impacted by the pain that you have gone on to hurt others as well. Now a whole new set of questions arise. “Can I be forgiven?” “Will this terrible cycle ever be broken?” “Is it possible for someone to know everything about me, all my darkest secrets, and still love me?” In Genesis 38 we will get a glimpse into the darkest closet of both a victim of abuse and a perpetrator of abuse and we will get to see how God responded to the different questions that haunted each of them.

The Consequences of Sin and the Promises of God

March 5, 2022 • Genesis 37:12–36

Have the devastating consequences of sin ever made you wonder if God would still keep his promises? Have you ever encountered something so broken that you questioned if it could ever truly be restored? In Genesis 37 we witness firsthand the devastating consequences of sin as we see Jacob clinging to the blood robe of his beloved son and refusing to be comforted. From his perspective it seemed like the promises of God had failed. But was he right to trust what he saw with his eyes more than the promises of God?

Joseph and Jesus, Pride and Humility.

February 26, 2022 • Genesis 37:1–11

The story of Genesis 37:1-11 is the story of a Father’s favorite Son who was chosen by God to rule over his brothers. But the reason this story was written down is because it was always meant to point us forward to an even greater Father who had an even greater Son whom he chose to rule over his people. In this message we will show the stark contrast between Joseph’s pride and Jesus’ humility.

The Dysfunctional Families that God Uses

June 12, 2021 • Tim Cain

Have you ever come face to face with a brokenness that was your fault? Genesis 35 tells us how God responds to the mess that Jacob and his family found themselves in because of Jacob’s compromise. In this passage we learn that no matter how long you have run or how far you have fallen it is never too late to repent and come back home. Home to the God who loves us and gave the son of his right hand as a sacrifice for our sins.

How the Gospel Redeems the Abuse of Power

June 5, 2021 • Wes Van Fleet

In Genesis 34, we see two examples of the abuse of power. Sadly, it is the victim of the abuse that is left silent and in need. Listen and hear how Jesus comes to demonstrate an other-worldly power that draws near to the abused and offers hope for abusers.

Reconciliation and the Father

May 29, 2021 • Tim Cain

In this moving account of reconciliation between two brothers we are given a front row seat as to what God is like and how he responds to all those who turn to him in repentance.

Repentance and Reconciliation

May 22, 2021 • Tim Cain

Most of us have had times in our lives where we longed for reconciliation with someone we had wronged. We find a time to get together and we tell them we are sorry for what we did and then we wait. Will they welcome us back or will they keep their distance? In Genesis 32 Jacob seeks reconciliation with the brother that he had wronged and we wait to see how he will respond.

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