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Sermon Series
Genesis
January 2021 – Present
Pastor Luke Herche

April 7, 2024
Compromise, Combativeness & the Cross
Genesis 33:12–34:31 • Pastor Luke Herche

How do you respond to the troubles of the present age? Do you stick your head in the sand and hope for... the best? Or do you come out swinging, hoping to win one for your team? We live in a morally complex and confused age. In Genesis 33:12–34:31 Jacob’s daughter Dinah is defiled, and we find Jacob and his sons responding to the horrific situation with compromise and combativeness. But those are not our only options when we find ourselves face-to-face with ugly situations. Listen as Pastor Luke walks us through this passage, drawing some conclusions about the moral complexity and confusion of our age, about the temptations to comprise and combativeness, and about the peace made through Christ and his cross.

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March 24, 2024
The Smile of God
Genesis 32–33 • Pastor Luke Herche

Some lessons take virtually a lifetime to learn. The Christian life is a life of being gradually... conformed to the image of Jesus in both his character and his work, daily taking up your cross and following him. In Genesis, we see Jacob slowly learning to walk with God over a period of more than 20 years, and in his life we have both a preview of the life of our Savior and a pattern which we, too, are to live out as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on Genesis 32–33, teaching us to rest in God’s promises, to cling to God in weakness, and to step out to serve, as we have been served, in Jesus.

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March 17, 2024
Living as Exiles; Straining Toward Exodus
Genesis 30:25–31:55 • Pastor Luke Herche

We live in a generally mobile age. People rarely stay in one place for long. Because of that it is hard... for us to understand the value of “place” in Scripture. But in the Scriptures, the promises of God hinge on place. In the beginning, God made a place, a garden in Eden. Because of their rebellion, man and woman were removed from the holy place, and they became exiles, homeless, wanderers. In Genesis 12, God calls Abraham to Canaan and promises to give a new place to him and to his offspring. Yet, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob each leave this promised land for a time, and all three of them experience exile, receive blessing during their exile, and eventually return to the promised land, wealthier than they left it.

Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on Genesis 30:25–31:55, telling of Jacob’s departure from Laban in Haran, and showing us that we are exiles who will experience troubles and hardships on our journey, but Jesus is with us by his Spirit to bless us and he will restore us on the last day.

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March 3, 2024
Longing for Wholeness
Genesis 29:31–30:24 • Pastor Luke Herche

Where do you look for wholeness? Living in a world that is under God’s curse, we find that things don’t work... as they were intended. Our present age is broken. We are broken, longing to be made whole again, to no longer sin or be sinned against, to no longer suffer or get sick or old or weary. We long for things to be put right, to be as they were intended from the beginning. But in our longing to be made whole, we so often look to the wrong things, in the wrong places, by the wrong means. In Genesis 29:31–30:24, we find sisters Leah and Rachel following this tragic pattern as they compete with each other in child bearing. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches on this passage, talking about our longing for wholeness: where we look, why it will never work, and where wholeness is found.

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February 25, 2024
Covenant Discipleship
Genesis 29:1–30 • Pastor Luke Herche

The book of Genesis is a discipleship primer. It is the ABCs of the faith. In... Genesis we learn about the power of God in creation and the beginnings of his covenant relationship with his people. Through the accounts of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel’s early history, we see what it looks like to walk with God. In this sermon on Genesis 29:1–30, in which Jacob marries Leah and Rachel, Pastor Luke Herche shows that walking with God looks like accepting God’s sovereign care, receiving God’s fatherly discipline, and humbling ourselves to serve, even as we anticipate glory.

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February 18, 2024
Climbing Jacob’s Ladder?
Genesis 28 • Pastor Luke Herche

Every human heart longs to meet with God. It’s a longing we were born with and cannot fully escape. Many attempt... to fulfill this longing by our own methods and means. Whether by moral deeds or seeking signs from heaven, through mind-altering drugs or ritual and tradition, we create all kinds of ladders and stairways to attempt to make our way into the presence of God. In Genesis 28, we find Jacob, fleeing for his life after grievously deceiving his father and enraging his brother, Esau. And yet, it is while Jacob is in this state of exile, sleeping in the wilderness, that God comes down to meet with him in a dream. In this sermon on the well-known story of Jacob’s ladder, Pastor Luke Herche shows that God, in Christ, has drawn near to his covenant children, meeting us in the mundane, promising his protecting presence, and assuring us through the cross and the resurrection. And because God has drawn near to us, we can now draw near to God.

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February 11, 2024
Taking Hold of Blessing
Genesis 26:34–28:9 • Pastor Luke Herche

Christianity can often be falsely represented as a means of getting good stuff for yourself: a trophy... wife, a big house, all the recognition “you deserve,” if you just pray for your blessing and claim it in Jesus’ name. But this false gospel misunderstands the nature of blessing and the timing of blessing. God’s true blessing is everything that is good according to God's will and God’s timing. In this sermon on Genesis 26:34–28:9, in which Isaac attempts to bless Esau, but ends up blessing Jacob instead, Pastor Luke Herche shows how to take hold of God’s blessing, exhorting us to recognize our sin, to respect God’s plan, and to put on Christ.

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January 28, 2024
The Blessed Seed
Genesis 26 • Pastor Luke Herche

God doesn’t bless you simply to bless you. He does delight in his people and desires to bless them. But God doesn’t bless you simply... for you. God blesses you for his glory and for the good of those around you. Despite human rebellion, our fallen nature, and the wrath we deserve, God is determined to bless. In Genesis we see that the blessing of God comes to and through the seed of Abraham. We see this imperfectly through Isaac, preeminently in Jesus, and, by God’s grace, through us as well. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche explains from Genesis 26, showing how God’s blessing on us changes our relationship to others, freeing us to love sacrificially, enabling us to endure enmity, and serving as a means God uses to bless others.

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January 7, 2024
The Logic of Blessing
Genesis 25:19–34 • Pastor Luke Herche

We all want a good life, to be what we were made to be, to experience what it is to be fully alive, to see our friends... and family flourish. The Bible calls this kind of flourishing “blessing.” Blessing is one of the main themes of Genesis, beginning with God’s abundant blessings on creation in the first two chapters. But by the third chapter, a new word enters the vocabulary of Scripture: curse. Because of sin, curse enters the world and creation is subject to futility and groaning. What once was blessed is now cursed, what once was good is now corrupt. But does this mean we are doomed to lives of suffering and frustration? Or is God’s blessing still possible in a sin-cursed world? Listen as Pastor Luke Herche preaches from Genesis 25, showing through the life of Jacob how God is continuing his plan to bless the nations, focusing on God’s sovereignty, God’s subversion of human expectations, and the foresight of faith.

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February 26, 2023
Imperfect Pilgrims Serving in Hope
Genesis 25:1–18 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

As Christians, how do we live in the world, among the world? In this sermon on Genesis 25:1–18, Pastor Luke Herche answers that question in four points: imperfectly (Our Messy Witness), as pilgrims (Our Pilgrim Life), seeking others’ good (Our Servant’s Calling), and focused on things to come (Our Living Hope).

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February 19, 2023
Securing the Future
Genesis 24 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

In this sermon on Genesis 24, the account of finding Isaac’s bride Rebekah, Pastor Luke Herche looks at God’s faithfulness to Abraham, God’s faithfulness to Jesus, and God’s faithfulness to us.

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February 12, 2023
These All Died in Faith
Genesis 23 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

Not everyone deals with death in the same way. For some this is a hypothetical question, for others a present reality. Some choose not to think of it, others do everything they can to prepare. We tend to run to extremes: shall we ignore death and focus on the present or ignore the present and focus on what comes next? Of course the answer is neither, but it is also not simply “both/and.” Instead, the way we express our hope in the face of death is by investing in this present life.

In this sermon on Genesis 23, Pastor Luke Herche helps us to think rightly about facing death, offering us three ways to respond: mourn over the brokenness of this age, live in the tension of God’s promises, and hope in the face of death by investing in this present life.

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February 5, 2023
Facing Trials
Genesis 22 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

When our faith is tested by trials, how do we stand firm? What does it look like to put God first by obeying him, whatever the cost? In part two of this two-part sermon about the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22, Pastor Luke Herche shows that for God to have first place in our hearts we must believe his promises, know his love, and rest in the righteousness of Jesus.

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January 29, 2023
What Trials Say
Genesis 22 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

How you respond when the heat is turned up in life demonstrates what has first place in your heart. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham was tested and his faith was tried. In this first of a two-part sermon on Genesis 22, Pastor Luke Herche sheds light on this difficult passage, showing us Christ, another child of Abraham who was tested, who suffered, who rose, and also calling us to face trials ourselves by putting God first (part 1) and by resting in his promises and his love (part 2).

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January 15, 2023
How to Live as Aliens
Genesis 21:22–34 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

There are a lot of options on the table when it comes to how Christians live in the world. Some Christians look just like the world. Others have created a Christian subculture, living a parallel life, like the world, but a Christian version of it. Some Christians avoid the culture at all costs. Others seek to dominate it. Thankfully Scripture is not silent on how we relate to the world around us. In the second half of Genesis 21, we learn how to live as aliens and sojourners in the world. Listen as Pastor Luke Herche helps us to note where we are (living as aliens), acknowledge the conflict, trust God’s promises, bless the nations, and praise God for his blessings.

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January 8, 2023
God’s Promise & Persevering Faith
Genesis 21:1–21 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

When Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah after years of waiting, it proved God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises. In this sermon on Genesis 21:1–21, Pastor Luke Herche shows us that God’s promised inheritance is sure; therefore, you have reason to persevere in joy, to persevere in hope, and to persevere in love.

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October 30, 2022
You Are Not the Hero
Genesis 20 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

What makes Christians different from the world around us? The answer, of course, is NOT our righteousness, but God’s faithfulness to us in Christ. Therefore we pursue righteousness in light of God’s faithfulness. In this sermon on Genesis 20, Pastor Luke Herche expands on this subject with four points: you are not the hero; the world is not as bad as it can be; God is faithful, despite your faithlessness; therefore, walk in the way of the Lord.

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October 23, 2022
How (Not) To Flee
Genesis 19:17–38 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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October 16, 2022
The Day of Judgement Is Real
Genesis 19:1–16 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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October 9, 2022
Justice & Mercy Meet: Light to the Nations
Genesis 18:16–33 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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October 2, 2022
Faith in the Waiting
Genesis 18:1–15 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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September 25, 2022
Keeping Covenant
Genesis 17 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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September 18, 2022
Learning To Wait in Weakness: The Handmaid’s Tale
Genesis 16 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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September 11, 2022
Feeding Faith
Genesis 15 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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September 4, 2022
To the Victor Go the Spoils
Genesis 14 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 28, 2022
Your Eyes Direct Your Destiny
Genesis 13:1–18 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 21, 2022
Faith in the Face of Fear
Genesis 12:8–13:4 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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July 10, 2022
God’s Big & Beautiful Mission to Bless
Genesis 12:1–3 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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July 3, 2022
Pilgrims in the Promised Land
Genesis 12:1–9 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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June 26, 2022
Why Abraham?
Genesis 12:1–3, 7 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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June 5, 2022
Where God’s Purposes Begin
Genesis 11:10–32 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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September 5, 2021
Gathering & Scattering: Babel, Pentecost, Church & the Mission of God
Genesis 11:1–9 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 29, 2021
The City of Man
Genesis 11:1–9 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 22, 2021
United Nations
Genesis 10 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 15, 2021
Covering Shame
Genesis 9:18–28 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 8, 2021
Moving Forward
Genesis 8:20–9:17 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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August 1, 2021
Remembered. Washed. Waiting.
Genesis 8:1–19 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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July 11, 2021
The End of the Old is the Way to the New
Genesis 7:17–24 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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June 27, 2021
Open & Shut
Genesis 7:1–16 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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June 13, 2021
One Man’s Obedience
Genesis 6:9–22 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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June 6, 2021
How Bad Can It Be...Really?
Genesis 6:1–8 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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May 30, 2021
Hope: Its Necessity, Counterfeit, & Foundation
Genesis 5 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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April 11, 2021
The Way of Cain & the Way of Life
Genesis 4:1–26 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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April 4, 2021
Worship: First Principles
Genesis 4:1–10 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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March 28, 2021
Life East of Eden
Genesis 3:6–24 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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March 21, 2021
Broken—Dealing with Guilt & Shame
Genesis 3:6–24 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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March 14, 2021
Autopsy of Temptation
Genesis 3:1–6 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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March 7, 2021
What Is Not Good?
Genesis 2:18–25 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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February 28, 2021
Caretakers of Creation
Genesis 2:4–17 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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February 21, 2021
Seven C's of the Sabbath
Genesis 2:1–3 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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February 14, 2021
Resemble. Represent. Relate.
Genesis 1:26–28 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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February 7, 2021
The Beauty of Order
Genesis 1:1–2:3 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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January 31, 2021
God’s Creative Power: Word & Spirit
Genesis 1 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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January 24, 2021
In the Beginning, God
Genesis 1:1 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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January 17, 2021
The Genesis of Jesus
John 5:39–47; Galatians 3:16 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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January 10, 2021
Introduction to Genesis
John 5:39–47 • Pastor Luke Herche — Download

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