In the Beginning – lessons from Genesis 1 (Genesis 1:1-5, 24-27)

“In the Beginning – lessons from Genesis 1” Genesis 1:1-5, 24-27 A 10-year old girl asked her father, “Where do humans come from?” Her father replied, “God made Adam & Eve & they had children & then grandchildren, & so on.” Two days later the girl asked her mother the same question, “Where do humans come from?” Her mother answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which humans evolved.” The little girl was now confused, so she went back to her father & said, “Dad how is it possible – you told me humans were created by God, & Mom said we evolved from monkeys?” Her father replied, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family & your mother told you about her s

The Life of Joseph (8) - "Forgiveness & Reconciliation" (Genesis 43:1-14 & 45:1-7)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (8) “Forgiveness & Reconciliation” Genesis 43:1-14 & 45:1-7 Last week we were reminded that God sometimes allows us to get into situations that bring us face to face with our sin & disobedience. Joseph’s older brothers tried to cover up the evil they did to him twenty years earlier. They tried to suppress their guilt. But now finding themselves in big trouble in Egypt, their consciences began to trouble them. “They said to one another, ‘Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us.’” (v 21) The brothers did not know that

The Life of Joseph (7) - "Character & Conscience" (Genesis 41:41-42:38)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (7) “Character & Conscience” Genesis 41:41-42:38 The Pharaoh and all his officials were deeply impressed with Joseph’s wisdom & his personality. The power of his godly character shone through everything Joseph said & did but the source of that power, the foundation of his godly character, was the Spirit of God. Pharaoh asked the revealing question: “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?” (v 38) If indeed Egypt was going to experience 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine, as Joseph had predicted, then Joseph was the ideal person to take on the job of managing the economy. So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge. He gave Josep

The Life of Joseph (6) - "From Prisoner to Prime Minister" (Genesis 41)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (6) “From Prisoner to Prime Minister” Genesis 41 After many long years Nelson Mandela was released from prison in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 11th. 1990. Just over four years later, following South Africa’s first fully democratic election, he became President of his country. The story of this remarkable man is told in his book “Long Walk to Freedom”. The many things Nelson Mandela suffered, the injustice, the humiliation, the loneliness, did not make him bitter. Strongly influenced by the Christian faith, he learnt to forgive others, even his prison guards, and became the catalyst for reconciliation within the nation. In four short years he went fro

The Life of Joseph (5) - "God's Time, God's Plan" (Genesis 40:1-23)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (5) “God’s Time, God’s Plan” Genesis 40:1-23 Last week we saw how Joseph was given a free, one-way ticket to prison – to a dark & dirty dungeon. He had been falsely accused and humanly speaking was in a hopeless situation. Yet we saw that even in that terrible place the Lord was with him. If Joseph had been bitter against his boss for treating him so unfairly, he might have simply sat down & felt sorry for himself. He could so easily have fussed about Egyptian racial discrimination, the injustice of the system, or even about how unfair God was. But Joseph was just as ready to trust God when things looked grim as when things were going well. No doubt Joseph’

The Life of Joseph (4) - "Suffering for Doing Right" (Genesis 39:16-23 & 40:1-15)

“Suffering for Doing Right” Genesis 39:16-23 & 40:1-15 Have you ever been falsely accused of something? How did you feel? I read about a guy called John who was driving home late one night when he picked up a hitchhiker. As they were driving along, John began to be suspicious of the guy he had just picked up. He wondered to himself, “Is he trying to steal my wallet?” As he was driving John felt to see if his wallet was in the pocket of his coat that was on the seat between him and the hitchhiker. It wasn't there! He slammed on the brakes and ordered the hitchhiker out. He said, “Give me back my wallet immediately!” The frightened hitchhiker denied he has his wallet but hurriedly gave him a $

The Life of Joseph (3) - "Success & Temptation" (Genesis 39:5-15 & 1 Corinthians 1

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (3) “Success & Temptation” Genesis 39:5-15 & 1 Corinthians 10:11-13 Joseph made the decision to trust God. He may have been a slave in the house of the Egyptian official Potiphar but his attitude of trust lifted him above his circumstances – and God blessed everything he did. He didn’t have to say anything. People noticed. Potiphar noticed. He was not only impressed with the way Joseph worked. He not only admired Joseph’s upright character and winsome personality - he saw something in Joseph that made a deep impression on him. He recognized that the reason Joseph was so different was that God was with him. Joseph’s relationship with God was so real that Potiph

The Life of Joseph (2) - "Triumphing in Trial" (Genesis 37:23-36 & 39:1-7)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (2) “Triumphing in Trial” (Genesis 37:23-36 & 39:1-7) Last week we began our series of messages looking at the life of Joseph. Even though he lived 3,900 years ago the incredible story of this young man speaks powerfully to us today. Joseph grew up in a complicated and dysfunctional family. He had ten older brothers who were very unkind to him. Joseph’s father Jacob sent him to see how his brothers were getting on with the family flocks. Joseph happily agreed to go. He must have been excited to finally find his brothers but little did he know they were far from happy to see him. Unbelievably, when his brothers saw Joseph approaching they plotted to kill him. H

The Life of Joseph (1) - "A Family Divided" (Genesis 37:1-28)

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (1) “A Family Divided” Genesis 37:1-28 Joseph was a young man of only seventeen. Already in his life he had experienced many trials. He grew up in a very complicated family for his father Jacob did not simply have one wife - he had two wives and two concubines. And he had children from each one of them. When still a very young boy Joseph had been uprooted from his home many hundreds of kilometres north in Haran, in present-day Syria. His father Jacob and his mother Rachel’s father, Laban (Jacob’s father-in-law), simply could not get along together. There was intense family rivalry and conflict. Jacob and his wives secretly planned to leave Haran and return to

The Failure of Human Scheming and the Triumph of God's Grace (Genesis 27:1-28:22)

The Failure of Human Scheming and the Triumph of God's Grace The Life of Jacob 2 Genesis 27:1- 28:22 The Bible is an amazing book. It never covers over the faults and weaknesses of even the famous men and women of faith. As we read their stories we come to realise that they are so very like us. They are real human beings with real struggles. From them we can learn so much about our own hearts and our own need for God's grace. Jacob is a classic case of someone who, despite clever scheming and despite huge effort, could not reach his dreams or fulfill his deepest ambitions - on his own. He wanted God's blessing, he knew there was something more to life than mere existence, but only when he ca

Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1-5,17-8:5)

Noah and the Flood Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1-5,17-8:5 Last week we studied how sin came into the world and how Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Genesis goes on to tell us what happened to some of Adam and Eve's children and gives a long list of some of their descendents. They lived much longer in those days than we do now. We then come to a new section in Genesis and that is the story of Noah, which we find in chapters 6 through to 9. The story of Noah, which children love to hear, is actually not just for Sunday School kids – it is very important for all of us. 1. A Wicked World (6:5-7, 11, 12) You remember in Genesis 1 in the account of creation it says a few times “and God sa

Things Go Badly Wrong - the Fall (Genesis 3:1-24)

Things Go Badly Wrong – the Fall Genesis 3:1-24 Genesis chapter 3 is one of the saddest, yet one of the most important, chapters in the whole Bible. Without it the rest of the Bible, and indeed human history, does not make much sense. Genesis 3 records the tragic entrance of sin into the world. The account in Genesis 3 is never treated in the rest of the Bible as anything other than historical fact. It may be presented in pictorial form but is a record of what actually happened. What happened in the Garden of Eden has affected everyone in the human race. It is our story too. I want to divide our message today into three parts. The first part is: 1. The Cause of Sin – Temptation (Verses 1-6)

God Makes Man & Marriage (Genesis 2:4-25)

God Makes Man & Marriage Genesis 2:4-25 Today is a special Sunday as we are all together for a Family Service. So Mums and Dads I hope to speak to the kids as well as to the adults. Boys and girls, I hope you too can listen carefully and learn something this morning from God's Word. Let me ask the adults if they remember what we spoke about last week! Right – we studied the very first chapter in the very first book of the Bible, Genesis 1, which tells us all about God creating the world. We noticed that creation was split up into six stages. In the very beginning God created the heavens and the earth but the earth, the Bible tells us, was empty and there was darkness. Then God's Spirit, the

The Creator and Creation (Genesis 1-2:3)

Studies in Genesis The Creator and Creation Genesis 1-2:3 Where do you come from? This is a question we often hear in a multi-cultural society such as NZ. When I lived and worked in Hong Kong and China, Chinese people would often ask me where I was from. I told them I was from Africa. Of course they didn't believe me – “but you are not black,” they would say. In NZ we have immigrants from many different countries. Of course we also have many international students - from over 100 different nations. The question of origins, of where we come from, is not limited to asking where we were born or where we grew up. It can refer to our ancestry – going back many generations to our grandparents and

Come, Follow Me (Matthew 4: 18-20)

Joke on gas men Jesus came to earth not just to save people but to make disciples. Jesus’ heart is not just to save you and leave it as that – hoping you survive, struggling on your own through your Christian life, and living a miserable life. No! He wants you to be a disciple. He wants you to have the strength to live your life victoriously and to influence other people. He wants you to grow in faith. The Lord commissions us as his disciples, his followers, to go out and make disciples. It should be the vision of every believer, while we have life and breath, to make disciples, to bring others to know Jesus Christ and like us to become his followers. If you have not got that inside your spi

Discerning The Times We Are Living In (Matthew 16:1-4)

Introduction We are living in one of the most strategic times in the course of human history. The Bible has much to say about the times of the end. We are living closer to the end of the age than any other generation before us. In fact, the last days or end times is one of the most discussed subjects in Scripture. The Bible speaks more about that period of time than any other period in human history. If the Bible places so much emphasis on the last days and possibly our generation, we as God’s people need to ask ourselves some very important questions concerning this: - How should we then live? - What should our focus & priorities be at this time? - How should we direct our energy and resou

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