The story of Christianity doesn’t begin with Jesus in the manger or Jesus on the cross but with God creating the heavens and the earth.
In this sermon series entitled Eden, we will go back to the beginning, Genesis 1-3 specifically, and consider the origin of some of life’s most important features and what our response to them should be.
Over the course of this 10-week series we will consider a God-centred response to science & creation, the environment, work, rest & recreation, marriage, gender, family & procreation and finally, the problem of evil and God’s response to it.
The goal of this series is that we will see Genesis 1-3 as a section of Scripture, not to be cast aside as fable and fairy-tale, but as a guide and gift that ultimately drives us to God and helps us make sense of the world and our part in it.
For resources for further study, see Pastor Norm's blog post called "Why Eden?".
Week 1 – God
Week 2 – God and Light
Week 3 – God and Creation
Week 4 – God and Humanity
Week 5 – God and Rest
Week 6 – God and the Garden
Week 7 – God and Marriage
Week 8 – God and the Fall
Week 9 – God and Sin’s Effect
Week 10 – God and the Gospel
Week 10 // God & The GospelSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (27147KB)
Date: March 18, 2018
Text: Genesis 3:20-24
We wrap up this series by seeing how the gospel is depicted in the closing verses of Genesis 3. Specifically, we are going to see how the faith, covering and assurance of Adam and Eve, along with the trials promised to them, point ahead to the good news story of Jesus and the assured hope we can have in Him.
Week 9 // God & Sin's EffectSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (28651KB)
Date: March 11, 2018
Text: Genesis 3:8-19
In this week's sermon we will continue walking through the story of sin entering our world. We'll see how sin has affected us radically by altering the nature of our relationships. We'll look at God's response to our sin and the way He made for us through it.
Week 8 // God & The FallSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (25109KB)
Date: March 04, 2018
Text: Genesis 3:1-7
In this week's sermon we come to the entrance of sin into creation. We will look at the pattern of thought and action that led to the rejection of the Creator, how it repeats itself even today, and how we can be free from it.
Week 7 // God & MarriageSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29076KB)
Date: February 25, 2018
Text: Genesis 2:18-25
In this week’s message, we go back to the first marriage of the Bible – the marriage of Adam and Eve. A marriage that Jesus points back to in Matthew 19 as serving as the prototype for all marriages to come.
Week 6 // God & The GardenSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (27657KB)
Date: February 18, 2018
Text: Genesis 2:4-17
In this message, we finally enter the Garden of Eden where God places Adam so as to work it and to keep it. In this message, we discuss the genesis of work along with the gift of freedom and will that God gives Adam, and Eve later, by way of the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Week 5 // God & RestSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (24409KB)
Date: February 11, 2018
Text: Genesis 2:1-3
In this sermon we will walk through the seventh day of creation. We'll ask the questions: Why did God rest? Where did His rest come from? What does His rest look like in us? And How can His rest become our reality?
Week 4 // God & HumanitySpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (29254KB)
Date: February 04, 2018
Text: Genesis 1:26-31
In this, the fourth message in our Eden series, we address the topics of mankind being created in the image of God and what this means in terms of our role and relationship with the rest of creation. In addition, we address the topics of gender, race and our call to multiply.
Week 3 // God & CreationSpeaker: Matt MenzelDownload MP3 (27856KB)
Date: January 28, 2018
Text: Genesis 1:6-25
In this sermon we will walk through days two to five of the creation account. We will unpack the way this story confronts the primary origin story of our culture, points us to what's good, and leads us to worship.
Week 2 // God & LightSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (24845KB)
Date: January 21, 2018
Text: Genesis 1:2-5
In this message we consider why the Genesis 1 account of creation begins with an unfinished earth and what God wants us to see by His shining light into it.
Week 1 // GodSpeaker: Norm FunkDownload MP3 (28253KB)
Date: January 14, 2018
Text: Genesis 1:1
We kick off our Eden series in Genesis 1:1 in this message by observing what it tells us about God and God, specifically, as Creator. The message concludes by addressing how what we see and observe in our world and beyond demonstrates more convincingly the existence of God than anything else.