Sermons on Genesis

Sermons on Genesis

Abraham’s Finest Hour (52 min)

John Fleck preaches on the experience of Abraham as he ascended Mount Moriah to offer Isaac on the altar. Reading: Gen 22. (Recorded in Ahoghill Gospel Hall, Northern Ireland) Complete series: Abraham’s finest hour Ruth’s finest hour David’s finest hour Peter’s finest hour Aquila and Priscilla’s finest hour

Am I in the Place of God? (47 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the contrasting lives of Jacob and Joseph. Jacob constantly tried to manipulate his life’s circumstances and was always scrambling for control, whereas Joseph left everything in the hands of the Lord. In Joseph’s own words, “Am I in the place of God?” Readings: Gen 32:22-23, 50:15-21. (Recorded at Welcome Gospel Hall, Winchester, 1st April 2024)

What is the Blessing of the Lord? (40 min)

David Gilliland examines what the blessing of the Lord involved in the life of Abraham. God promised to bless him, but there were many twist and turns along the way. Readings: Isa 29:22, 51:1-3. (Recorded in London, Ontario, Canada)

The Stranger’s Friend (52 min)

David Gilliland preaches on Abraham, the friend of God. The commencement, the comfort, the communication and the commitment of the friendship. Readings: James 2:20-24, Gen 18:1-9, 17-19, 22-23, 33. (Message preached in Newtownbreda Gospel Hall, Northern Ireland) Complete series “The Bible Society of Friends”: The Stranger’s Friend The Shepherd’s Friend The Student’s Friends The Sufferer’s Friends The Saviour’s Friends  

The Vital Work of Digging Wells (55 min)

“Drawing Water from Bible Wells” – Part 3 – David Gilliland preaches on the story of the digging of wells in the days of Isaac. He outlines the essentials, enemies, example, environment and enthusiasm of digging wells. Pilgrims have tents of witness, priest have altars of worship and pastors have wells of water. Are you willing to do the hard work of digging to bring refreshment for the people of God? Reading: Genesis 26. (Message preached in Portavogie, Northern Ireland)…

The Well of Him that Liveth and Seeth Me (56 min)

“Drawing Water from Bible Wells” – Part 2 – David Gilliland preaches on the well Lahai-roi – “the well of Him that liveth and seeth me.” He outlines the territory, terms and titles of the well where God revealed Himself to Hagar. She found Him to be a seeking, searching, sensitive, sovereign, seeing and speaking God. Readings: Gen 16:6-14, 25:7-11. (Message preached in Portavogie Gospel Hall, Northern Ireland) Complete Series: The well of Bethlehem (Soldiers at the well) The well…

A City Where You Don’t Belong (38 min)

Elton Fairfield preaches on the city built by Cain and named after his son Enoch – a city of manufacturing and music, but a city without God – and draws lessons for us in our relationship to the world. Readings: Gen 4:16-24, 5:18-24, Heb 11:5-6, 11-16, Jude 1:11-17, Rev 21:1-3. (Message preached in Ballymena 20th Oct 2018)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 5 (37 min)

Sandy Higgins expounds Genesis chapter 5 and highlights the story of the life and translation of Enoch, the man who walked with God, but who “was not” because God took Him. Reading: Genesis 5. (Message preached in North America) Complete series: Exposition of Genesis 1 Exposition of Genesis 2 Exposition of Genesis 3 Exposition of Genesis 4 Exposition of Genesis 5

Exposition of Genesis Ch 4 (39 min)

Sandy Higgins expounds Genesis chapter 4, which outlines the beginning of the world’s cities and its culture, as mankind tries to make itself comfortable outside of Eden’s garden, but without God. Reading: Genesis 4. (Message preached in North America) Complete series: Exposition of Genesis 1 Exposition of Genesis 2 Exposition of Genesis 3 Exposition of Genesis 4 Exposition of Genesis 5

Exposition of Genesis Ch 3 (37 min)

Sandy Higgins expounds the crucial and critical chapter 3 of Genesis, which outlines the fall of mankind and all that flows from it. This chapter contains the first prophecy in the Bible, of the seed (Christ) who would crush the serpent’s head. Reading: Genesis 3. (Message preached in North America) Complete series: Exposition of Genesis 1 Exposition of Genesis 2 Exposition of Genesis 3 Exposition of Genesis 4 Exposition of Genesis 5

Exposition of Genesis Ch 2 (34 min)

Sandy Higgins summarises the first 5 books of the Bible before giving an exposition of Genesis chapter 2, a chapter in which the creation of Adam and the formation of Eve, and their placing in the Garden of Eden, are outlined. Reading: Genesis 2. (Message preached in North America) Complete series: Exposition of Genesis 1 Exposition of Genesis 2 Exposition of Genesis 3 Exposition of Genesis 4 Exposition of Genesis 5

Exposition of Genesis Ch 1 (44 min)

Sandy Higgins introduces Genesis and gives an exposition of Chapter 1, a chapter that is divinely inspired and must be taken literally. Reading: Genesis 1. (Message preached in North America) Complete series: Exposition of Genesis 1 Exposition of Genesis 2 Exposition of Genesis 3 Exposition of Genesis 4 Exposition of Genesis 5

Remarkable Events on Mount Moriah (44 min)

Dan Rudge preaches on the experience of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah, one of the clearest and most instructive pictures of Calvary in the Old Testament. Reading: Gen 22:1-24. (Message preached in Ballymena 27th Oct 2018)

The Existence and Nature of God from Gen 1:1 (38 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on the first verse in the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). He outlines what the verse denies (atheism, pantheism, humanism, materialism, and evolution) and what the verse affirms about the existence and nature of God (God’s divinity, eternity, deity, singularity, plurality, unity, transcendency, ability). (Message preached in Sarnia, Ontario Canada)

The Life of Rebekah, the Wife of Isaac (52 min)

Robert McPheat (1933-1990) preaches on the life of Rebekah, the wife of Isaac from the book of Genesis. In his own inimitable style, Mr McPheat brings out many practical and poignant lessons from this biographical study. Readings: Gen 24:15-67, 27:6-22 (Message preached in Crowle Gospel Hall, Worcestershire, UK, April 1984).

The Life of Sarah, the Mother of the Faithful (54 min)

Robert McPheat (1933-1990) preaches on the life of Sarah, the mother of the faithful. In his own inimitable style, Mr McPheat brings out many practical and poignant lessons from this biographical study. (Message preached in Crowle Gospel Hall, Worcestershire, UK, April 1984).

A Character Study in Genesis – Joseph (51 min)

PART 4 – Dan Rudge gives a “character study” of Joseph from the last few chapters of Genesis. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022). Notes: A Character Study: Joseph [Gen. 37] Your study should be… Scriptural [Survey]. More than 10 different Josephs. Three other major NT passages: • Psa. 105. Feet shackled. Neck in iron collar. Divine providence. “He sent a man before them, even Joseph”. • Acts 7. “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt:…

A Chapter Study in Genesis – Ch 24 (47 min)

PART 3 – Ian Jackson gives a “chapter study” of Genesis Ch 24, looking at the chapter contextually, historically, morally, practically, illustratively and dispensationally. Readings: Gen. 1.1, 26-27; 2.4; 3.15; 5.1; 12.1-3. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022).

A Book Study of Genesis (+ chart) (41 min)

PART 1 – Dan Rudge gives a “book study” of the whole of Genesis, outlining the story, structure, subjects and seven individuals highlighted in the book. Readings: Gen. 1.1, 26-27; 2.4; 3.15; 5.1; 12.1-3. (Message preached in Bracknell, 18th Jun 2022). Click here for Dan Rudge’s chart of Genesis Notes: A Book Study: An Overview of Genesis  The Story [Context] of the Book • Hebrew name = Bĕrēʾšît, “in the beginning”. Greek name = Geneseos, ‘origin’ or ‘generation’. Origin of…

The 7 Days of Creation (44 min)

Ian Jackson preaches on “the 7 days of creation”. After reading Genesis 1, he explains how the chapter is foundational to all of Scripture. It is narrative, not poetry, giving a literal history of the 7 literal days of creation. Ian discusses various theories (gap theory, day age theory etc) and gives various weighty reasons why they ought not to be believed. He shows how Genesis 1 reveals the true nature of both God and man. Finally he points out…

Joseph in God’s House (49 min)

PART 6 of 6 – In the final installment of the series, Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in God’s house” under 5 headings: 1. Joseph and the birthright, 2. the blessing, 3. his bones, 4. his bonds and 5. his bequest. Mr Higgins applies many practical lessons from these aspects of the life of one who is a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. In a significant part of the message – about Joseph’s bones – Mr Higgins speaks…

Joseph in His Personal House (45 min)

PART 5 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in his personal house” in Egypt. Joseph’s personal house was marked by heavenly character in 4 respects. In his house 1. headship was acknowledged; 2. hospitality was experienced; 3. holiness was evident and 4. harmony was found at his table. Mr Higgins makes practical application of all of this for the edification of the listener. Readings: Gen 43:16-17, 43:24-34, 44:14-17, 44:30-45:5, 45:9-11, 14-24 (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007).

Joseph in Pharoah’s House (42 min)

PART 4 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches “Joseph in the Pharoah’s house” under 4 headings. Joseph the skilful administrator, Joseph the scrupulous steward, Joseph the spiritual brother, and Joseph the sorrowing son. Joseph proved to be a leader with perception, faithfulness and godliness as he rose from the dungeon to a position of great authority in Egypt, in fulfillment of the dreams God gave him as a youth. Reading: Gen 41:40-45, 43:50-57, 43:19-23, 45:1-2, 16, 21-24, 46:31-34, 47:2, 5-6,…

Joseph in the Prison House (39 min)

PART 3 of 6 – Sandy Higgins preaches on “Joseph in the prison house”. This was a difficult time for Joseph. Knowing that he didn’t deserve the terrible events that came his way, the prison period raised the question of why believers suffer? Mr Higgins gives 5 reasons why believers suffer: 1. Occasionally it’s punitive, because of transgression; 2. Then preparative, for future usefulness and service; 3. Often preventative, against pride and disqualification; 4. Always to proclaim or reveal God’s…

Joseph in Potiphar’s House (37 min)

PART 2 of 6 – Sandy Higgins speaks on “House No 2” in the life of Joseph – namely, Potiphar’s house. Sandy uses 4 headings: the Christian and his employment: the Christian and enticement: the Christian and evil doers; and the Christian at his extremity. A practical message that develops several much-needed themes concerning God’s providence in our lives, in our trials and in our temptations. Reading: Gen Ch 39 (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007)  

Joseph in his Parents’ House (49 min)

PART 1 of 6 – Sandy Higgins takes up the life of Joseph in 6 messages, built around the various houses in his life, starting with “Joseph in his parent’s house”. Reading the whole of Genesis 37, Mr Higgins then looks at the teen years of Joseph as he dealt with peer pressure and envy and assorted other challenges in his home. A practical helpful message to start this useful series of sermons. (Message preached in Waterloo, Iowa, 2007)

Overcoming Temptation: Maintaining Holiness (28 min)

Dan Shutt preaches a vital, helpful and dignified message on the subject of holiness in the face of sexual temptation. Working from the narrative of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Mr Shutt outlines the danger of moral failure facing all of us – online, in the media, at work – and gives pertinent warnings and exhortations for us to “be holy, for I the Lord am holy”. Readings: Gen 39:1-4, 7-12, 20-23, 41:38-40, 1 Cor 6:18-20 (Message preached at the Toronto…

Learning to say “No” (30 min)

John Dennison preaches from Genesis Ch 39 on the importance of being able to say “no”. With the world in our pockets, never has there been a time when it’s more important to be able to say “no” to that which dishonours the Lord and is not for His glory. John brings numerous powerful and practical lessons from the life of Joseph and how he overcame in the face of constant and fierce temptation to give in and sin against…

Joseph – A Young Man in a Difficult Situation (36 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on Joseph (from Genesis 37 & 39), a young man who stood for God in difficult circumstances. He overcame the bad influence of older siblings, the unwise favouritism of his father, the betrayal of his brothers and the vice and lies his master’s wife. But perhaps even greater than all of this was his victory over victimhood. He didn’t see himself as a victim. He didn’t fall into self-pity. He trusted in a sovereign God and thereby,…

E.W. Rogers – 4 Heads in Genesis (46 min)

Ebenezer W. Rogers (1893-1977) is remembered as “a small man standing motionless on the platform, apart from moving lips, pouring forth in short lucid sentences the truth of God”. He spent his working life as a Civil Servant in the Patent Office in the South of England, retiring early in 1950 to leave himself free to serve the Lord full time. Self taught in Hebrew and Greek, E.W. Rogers, as he was known, became a fixture in Bible Reading conferences…

Jack Hunter – “Enoch Walked With God” (28 min)

Jack Hunter (1916-1994) from Kilmarnock, Scotland, was a gifted and much used preacher of the Word of God. A man short of stature, with a tiny Bible and no notes; yet to hear him was never to forget the challenge of the verses he expounded. In this classic sermon on the life of Enoch, Mr Hunter brings the challenge of living to this one standard – “pleasing God”. That was the secret of Enoch’s close walk with God. Are you…

The Prayers of Abraham and Eliezer (44 min)

Mervvn Hall draws out “principles of prayer” from Gen Chs. 18 and 24. Abraham and Eliezer’s prayers teach us 6 features of prayer: that we should pray with priority, comprehensively, confidently, expectantly, continually and Biblically. At the end of his message, in reference to Eliezer’s experience, Mervyn distinguishes between what we need to pray about, and what we don’t (Message preached 12th May 2019)

The Right Thing in the Right Place (37 min)

Frank Sona takes up the truth of the local assembly from Genesis Ch 22, where Abraham goes to “the place” out of “obedience to God’s Word”. He draws out many lessons from this pivotal day in the life of Abraham – a day that began with obedience and ended with worship (Message preached Apr 22nd 2019)

Why I Am Complementarian (43 min)

Michael Penfold expounds complementarianism – that truth that God not only created two different genders in the beginning, but that He assigned different roles to each – headship to the male, and ‘helper-ship’ to the female. Opposed by feminism, this is nevertheless the plain teaching of Genesis Ch 2 (before the fall) and is reiterated in 7 key passages in the NT – Eph 5:21-23, Col 3:18-19, 1 Tim 2:8-15, Titus 2:4-5, 1 Cor 11:1-16, 14:34-38, 1 Pet 3:1-7 (Message…

The Doctrine of Original Sin (39 min)

Can we still believe that taking the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden rightfully initiated such a fearful divine judgment on humanity as “the fall”? In this message on Genesis Ch 3, Michael Penfold outlines the context, cause, character and consequences of the first sin. God’s fairness in banishing Adam and Eve from the garden, and constituting all of their progeny sinners due to “one man’s sin” – is defended.…

The Original Kingdom Pattern (30 min)

PART 2 – From Genesis Chs 1-3, David Gilliland explains that at the beginning God delegated rule over creation to Adam, who was crowned with glory and honour and given dominion over God’s works. This was the “original kingdom pattern”. All of this came under subtle attack from Satan. (Due to a recording malfunction, 15 minutes is missing at the 28.10 mark. At that point, Mr Gilliland outlined the results of the fall, and how those results will be reversed…

Separation in Picture and Type (47 min)

Norman Mellish speaks on the topic of separation from various pictures and types in the Old Testament. He draws principles of separation from Genesis Ch 1 and the creation week, from Leviticus 11 and the instructions regarding clean and unclean animals, and from Nehemiah Chs 1-6 where walls were built and the testimony of God was preserved. (Message preached 3rd May 2018)

Cain and Nod (43 min)

PART 4 – Colin Hutchison preaches on Cain in the land of Nod (Gen 4:16-26). He expounds the origin of the line of Cain, and how that line develops in the record given in the Bible. From Gen 4 he shows the origin of the godless world of commerce, music and the arts. In contrast to the world’s godless self-glorifying music, the next time we read of music is Exod 15, where the people of God sing about redemption (Message…

Jacob and Bethel (56 min)

PART 1 – Colin Hutchison preaches on lessons that Jacob learned at Bethel, the house of God. He likens Jacob’s experience in Genesis Ch 28 to that of a person in the present day who understands, by revelation from the Word of God, what a local assembly is – the place where God dwells. Colin tells the story of how he personally came to understand the truth of the house of God and challenges his audience to have convictions of…

Eve – The First Woman (40 min)

Michael Penfold preaches on the first women in the Bible – Eve, the wife of Adam. A number of basic issues are covered in this message, including the Bible’s teaching on gender (male and female), the divinely designed different roles for men and women in the home, in society and in the assembly, and the Biblical reasons why women are not allowed to teach or pray publicly in assembly gatherings. Readings from Gen Chs 2-3, 1 Cor 11:1-16, 1 Tim…

An Overview of the Book of Genesis

Michael Penfold gives an overview of the book of Genesis. He explains the crucial nature of the book, being the fountain head of the many rivers of truth that run throughout the rest of Scripture. He defends the Mosaic authorship of the book and emphasises the reliability of the creation account. The book is divided into 4 events in the first 11 chapters and 4 men in the last 39 chapters. The crucial hinge of the book, Gen 12:1-3, is…

The Watchfulness of a Young Person (51 min)

Part 3 – The Watchfulness of a Young Person – John Dennison preaches a searching message on “overcoming temptation”, based on the story of Joseph from Genesis 39. Joseph faced dangers from society, from his history, from his attractiveness, from a predatory woman in a position of power – and all while he was alone and far from home. How did Joseph overcome? John Dennison outlines a number of defences that were in place that preserved Joseph and can preserve…

The Walk of a Young Person (49 min)

Part 1 – The Walk of a Young Person – John Dennison asks “Is it possible for a young person to walk with God while surrounded on every hand by a godless 21st century western culture?” Yes it is, and Enoch’s example in Genesis 5 shows us how. But what does a walk with God look like? How can I focus on what is pleasing to the Lord, in a self-centred world? John Dennison give sound Biblical counsel and fervent…

Enoch Walked with God (38 min)

Frank Sona delivers a searching message on walking with God. He works his way through the Biblical narrative about Enoch in Genesis 5 and draws powerful and edifying lessons from the life of this great man of faith (Message preached in Bicester, Easter 9th April 2012)

The Discipline of Bible Study (48 min)

Scott Dunn preaches on the discipline of Bible study. He asks three questions: why, when and how one should study the Bible. He uses Hebrews chapter 7 as an illustration and traces back to Psalm 110 and Genesis 14 (Message preached 12th May 2011)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 12 (44 min)

Gordon Stewart expounds Genesis Ch 12. He recounts the three journeys of Abram, the father of the faithful, and points out 10 serious consequences that followed Abram’s failure in connection with going down to Egypt (Message preached 10th June 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 11 (47 min)

John Salisbury expounds Genesis Ch 11, explaining the origins of empire building and idolatry as seen in Nimrod and his rebellion, which marks a major turning point in God’s dealings with the nations (Message preached 3rd June 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Chs 9 and 10 (38 min)

Michael Penfold expounds Genesis Chs 9 and 10. He outlines details of the Noahic covenant and the division of the nations. He examines the difficult issues of the sin of Noah and the curse pronounced on Canaan (Message preached 27th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Chs 7 and 8 (37 min)

Peter Scarsbrook expounds Genesis Chs 7 and 8. He stands by the historicity of the narrative of Noah’s ark and gives a series of interesting observations as to the reality of and reasons behind the flood (Message preached 20th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 5 and 6 (44 min)

Mervyn Hall expounds Genesis Chs 5 and 6. He outlines the background to the flood and the life of Enoch. He tackles the difficulties of ‘the sons of God’ and the ‘long ages’ of the antedeluvians (Message preached 13th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 4 (44 min)

Norman Mellish expounds Genesis Ch 4. He gives a number of interesting insights into the narrative of Cain and Abel and the significance of their sacrifices, and takes a look at Cain’s descendants (Message preached 6th May 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 2 (25 min)

David Dalton expounds Genesis Ch 2. He looks at the first sabbath, the garden of Eden, the dominion of man over creation and the first marriage – between one man and one woman (Message preached Thursday 22nd April 2010)

Exposition of Genesis Ch 1 (47 min)

PART 1 of 9 – Marcus Hall (1938-2021) from Pamber Heath, often visited us in Bicester. In this message he expounds Genesis Ch 1. He stands by a literal interpretation of the entire chapter and, among other things, explains why he does not accept the so-called ‘gap theory’. A solid, helpful exposition from a careful student and teacher (Message preached Thursday 15th April 2010)