My Brother’s Keeper

August 28, 2017

Sermon on Genesis 4:1-15, for the 11th Sunday after Trinity, (1 Year Lectionary), about Cain and Abel. Why did he kill his brother? What were some of the "firsts" (good and bad) in Genesis? What "new impulse" did Adam and Eve gain (in Genesis 3)? What is true and false about the idea of being "my brother's keeper"? What were Adam and Eve hoping for when their son Cain was born? How did Jesus fulfill the role that Cain never did? What is unusual about 4:1? 


Man of Dust, Man of Heaven

July 31, 2017

Sermon on Genesis 2:7-17, for the 7th Sunday after Trinity, about the creation of Adam, who we are as humans, and what God's original good purposes were for mankind. What image do we bear now? (1 Corinthians 15). What does this passage foreshadow about the Fall into sin? What's the passage illustrate about work? Stewardship? How does the knowledge of evil affect us? What is significant about how it did not affect Jesus? How will we bear the "image of the man of heaven?"


Babel and Pentecost

June 5, 2017

Sermon on Genesis 11:1-9 & Acts 2:1-21, for Pentecost, 1 Year Lectionary, about the contrast between the Tower of Babel and the miraculous Pentecost. How are these two accounts, in many ways a reversal of each other? Whose name was exalted? What was God signalling through this miracle? 


The Conscience under sin

March 6, 2017

Sermon on Genesis 3:1-21 for the 1st Sunday in Lent (1 Year lectionary), about "The Fall into Sin", or Adam and Eve's temptation. How are their actions and response the familiar first motions of the human conscience, as affected under sin? What are the "illicit defenses or remedies" that our conscience springs to, and what is the lawful defense of the conscience that Christ bestows on us? How do we deal with conscience troubles?


The Hiddenness and Nearness of God

October 17, 2016

Sermon on Genesis 32:22-30, for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, about Jacob wrestling with God, and being renamed Israel. When does it seem like God is "hidden" from us, or far away? How do we respond? What does God desire for us to do, and how has He given us great and certain promises? Who is the revealer of God the Father, and what does He show us about God, when we encounter Him?


It was very good

June 16, 2014

Sermon on Genesis 1:1-2:4, for Trinity Sunday, about the Creation of the Universe and what was very good about it, especially focusing on what was good about our relationship as creature to our Creator. A contrast to what went wrong, and how God went about restoring creation to what is and will be good again.


What faith is and isn’t

August 12, 2013

Sermon on Genesis 15:1-6 & Hebrews 11:1-16 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about faith and it's opposites. What is God's remedy for weakened or lacking faith? How does God's supply faith? 


Remembered by God

July 30, 2012

Sermon on Genesis 9:8-17 for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, about the Covenant that God made with Noah, his descendants, and all creation, the covenant that is memorialized by the rainbow. What it means for us that God "remembers His covenant" and how we are "remembered by God."

Sermon Talking Points

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  1. What was the reason that God flooded the whole earth in Noah’s day? Genesis 6:1-13; 2 Pet. 2:5. How does it foreshadow the Last Day on earth? Matt. 24:36-39; 2 Pet. 3:1-13.
  2. Read about God’s covenant with Noah in Genesis 8:20-9:17. What specific promises were included in this covenant? Where they mainly spiritual blessings, or physical blessings? Explain what it means that this was an “unconditional covenant.” Who would guarantee the keeping of the covenant? Who else besides Noah was included in this covenant, and why is that significant? (see. 9:9-10, etc)
  3. How does the Rainbow, as the sign of God’s covenant, testify to us today?
  4. What is the likely reason for the frequent repetition in this passage, about who is included in the promise, and God’s promise to keep it? Why might Noah and his family have needed these reassurances after what they experienced over the last year? Gen. 7:6, 11; 8:13-16. What simultaneous emotions would it have stirred to see the destruction of the world, while safe aboard the Ark?
  5. Why does God say He will “remember” His covenant to us? How is that intensely comforting? What do we call on God to remember for us? Psalm 25:6-7; 98:1-3; 103:11-19; 105:7-11; 106:44-46; 111:4-6; 119:49-50; 136:23. What do we ask Him to not remember? Psalm 25:7; 79:8; Isaiah 64:9; Jeremiah 31:34.
  6. What does it mean for us to be remembered by God? Luke 23:40-43. How does God’s faithfulness in His covenant to Noah and us and all creation assure us of His faithfulness to us in the greater promises and New Covenant in Jesus’ death and resurrection for us?

In the Beginning…Hawaii?

July 18, 2011

Guest preacher Dr. Carl Fickenscher II preaching on Genesis 1:1-2:4a.


Respect Marriage

April 7, 2011

Sermon on the 6th and 10th Commandments. Exodus 20:14, 17; Genesis 39:1-23; Matthew 5:27-32; Psalm 127.


From Jacob’s Ladder to Jesus

December 16, 2010

Sermon on John 1:43-51 for midweek Advent 3 service.


From Isaac to Jesus

December 9, 2010

Sermon on Genesis 22:1-18 on the testing of Abraham, and the parallels from Isaac to Jesus. For the second midweek service in Advent.


From Adam to Jesus

December 2, 2010

Sermon on Romans 5:12-21 for Advent 1, the first midweek service. The series of sermons for Advent will be based on Old Testament types of Christ. Advent 1--From Adam to Jesus Advent 2--From Isaac to Jesus Advent 3--From Jacob's Ladder to Jesus Christmas Eve--From Moses to Jesus


The Lord Will Provide

March 2, 2009

Sermon on Genesis 22:1-18 for the First Sunday in Lent.

Sermon Talking Points:

1. What seemingly insurmountable circumstances face you in life? Or what test(s) of faith, large or small do you face, from which it would be easy to turn back?

2. What three promises had God made to Abraham (see v. 15-18), and how did He guarantee that He would keep them? What role did Isaac have in those promises?

3. What in your life seems contradictory to God’s promises to you? Which is more certain, God’s Word, or our trials? How do these present obstacles to our faith? Write down the questions they raise in your mind.

4. How did Isaac and the ram foreshadow Jesus’ death on the cross? What was Jesus’ own challenge of faith? In what way are we like Isaac?

5. What is the significance of God swearing by Himself? What does it show about the work of salvation?

6. For your own study: What is the significance of Mount Moriah & repeated place names in the Bible? Here in Genesis 22, it was the place of Abraham’s testing and the sacrifice. In 2 Chronicles 3:1 Solomon built the temple there, centuries later. Solomon’s father David had interceded for the people of Israel there in 1 Chronicles 21:15ff. Jesus’ death, though not inside the Temple, was very near Mount Moriah, but outside the city (Heb. 13:12).