Study: Genesis 13 The Gospel Life

The Introduction For no other reason other than God in his sovereign grace elects one man out of everybody else and gives this one man a promise: Genesis 12:1–3 (CSB) The LORD said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing....

October 20, 2022 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 12:7-20 The Gospel Preservation

The Introduction We are in Genesis 12. Let me set the stage: every word of this Bible is inspired–literally breathed out by God–so every word here holds weight. When we talk about the Christian faith, teachers will point to certain important passages to speak about the foundations of our faith and religion. We will then talk about covenants or the promises of God. And just to be crystal clear, when God promises anything, it is an unbreakable promise–meaning, God has or will fulfill it because He is unable to break a promise or tell a lie....

October 6, 2022 · 21 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 12:1-6 The Gospel Predestination

The Introduction How did we get here? What I mean by that is how is setting the stage to do his will and his good pleasure in his people who are not yet his people. Well, logic dictates, he must start with a person. Now, because we have seen a couple of genealogies (Genesis 5) and we have heard the proclamation of the gospel (Genesis 3:15) and for most of us, this is not the first time hearing this story, we know that through one bloodline starting with Adam through Noah through a man name Terah....

September 22, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 11 The Gospel Tongue

The Support Colossians 2:4-10 (CSB) I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ. So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude....

May 12, 2022 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 10 The Gospel Certainty: The Lineage of God

The Introduction Genealogies are important. But not in the way you might think. It might help to know where we came from, who are our ancestors, or what’s in our DN But our lineage ain’t worth anything if we are not saved by God. Let us examine the passage and get into it. The Text Genesis 10 (CSB) 1 These are the family records of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth....

May 5, 2022 · 18 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:18-29 The Gospel Certainty: The Glory of God

The Introduction Thoughts on Bible Study vs. Sermon. Prep is the same. Execution is different. more questions We are here at the end of the story of Noah. We are completing his life here in Genesis. We have seen him be spared and saved by the grace of God alone, declared righteous, blameless, and one who walked with God. We have seen him and his family walk through the greatest catastrophe on the earth that displayed the righteousness, holiness, wrath and judgment of the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God of the Universe....

October 28, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:8-17 The Gospel Certainty: The Redemption of God

The Introduction It is one thing to wrap our minds around the continuous work of God in redemption. It is whole other thing to sit and think and meditate on the permeance of God’s work in redemption. What I mean is this: when we dwell on the promises of God especially when it comes to God saving us, I think things like salvation, adoption, calling, and even election can be understood simply–whether we believe it or not....

October 21, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 9:1-7 The Gospel Certainty: The Love of God

The Introduction There is no doubt that God is personal and he responds personally to us as individuals. He cares for us, speaks to us, answers are prayers and provides for us. God certainly acts very intimately and personally. But throughout the Bible, what we see is a consistent God–the only God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the story of Noah is beyond the judgment and wrath by God on sin and unbelievers....

October 14, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 8:15-22 The Gospel Certainty: The Promise of God

The Introduction Lamentations 3:19–26 (CSB) 19 Remember my affliction and my homelessness, the wormwood and the poison. 20 I continually remember them and have become depressed. 21 Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!...

October 7, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 8:1-14 The Gospel Certainty: The Restoration of God

The Introduction The salvation of God can explained in a myriad of ways. Now, we know that God saves his people from their sins. That is Matthew 1:21. But the salvation does not stop there. In the eradication of sin upon the earth, God has not just made a neutral ground for all believers. He has not just taken away the negative parts and leaves us in limbo. When God saves you, it is not a one shot deal....

September 30, 2021 · 18 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 7:11-24 The Gospel Certainty: The Will of God

The Introduction Make no mistake: everybody who has a opinion of God is a theologian. The question remains are you a good or bad theologian. “God doesn’t exist.” - that’s a bad theologian. God does exist, he has made his eternal power obvious and divine nature obvious–or as the Apostle Paul puts it, “have been clearly seen” since the beginning of creation but you choose to suppress the truth so you can go your own way and not respond to the gospel commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ....

September 23, 2021 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 7:1–10 The Gospel Certainty: The Salvation of God

The Introduction When you read Genesis 4 and 5, you might be tempted to follow the section headings within the chapters–The Line of Cain, The Line of Seth, so on and so forth. While extremely helpful, don’t assume the section headings are inerrant and infallible–even our chapter and verse numbers were thought up by humans as a helpful way to remember the “address” of a particular passage in Scripture. What I mean is that what you see in the headings or cross-references are there to help along but that’s not everything in the text....

September 16, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:10-22 The Gospel Certainty: The Holiness of God

The Introduction In Genesis 1 & 2, God created the heavens and the earth, we were introduced to the omnipotence, omniscient, and omnipresent of God. And please don’t be put off by these big fancy words. omnipotence - all powerful; Almighty omniscient - all knowing and all wise omnipresent - everywhere and in every moment of time In Genesis 3, in light of temptation, evil, our sin, we saw the grace, the mercy, the salvation, and the righteousness of God....

September 9, 2021 · 15 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:8-9 The Gospel Certainty: The Grace of God

The Introduction Genesis chapters 3 through the beginning of 6 starts to unveil and unravel the destructive nearly unceasing power of sin and corruptness. Our wickedness and transgression against the Holy God was not without the most severe consequences. To call it, “consequences”, is an understatement. The best phrase I have heard said, “the breaking of the cosmos”. Do you think that something in space and time didn’t break? Could you even imagine when sin came into our existence, that the departure of the spirit, the cracking of the mind, the depletion of strength, hardening of the heart, and the infection of the will?...

September 2, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 6:1-7 The Gospel Certainty: The Wickedness of Man

The Introduction Hamartiology (ha mar tee ology). Incredibly huge word. If I would take a guess, I would say that maybe just a few people in here today has ever heard this word before–fewer still have even used it in a sentence. Hamartiology (ha mar tee ology) is simply “the study of sin.” Undoubtedly, anybody who would undertake such a discipline would be, most likely, from a Christian perspective and within that perspective, “the study of sin and its effects....

August 26, 2021 · 13 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 5 The Gospel Plan

The Introduction The Text Genesis 5 (CSB) This is the document containing the family records of Adam. On the day that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God; 2 he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and called them mankind. 3 Adam was 130 years old when he fathered a son in his likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth....

August 19, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 4 The Gospel Meeting

The Introduction The Text Genesis 4 (CSB) The man was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the LORD’s help.” 2 She also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the LORD....

August 12, 2021 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 3:14-24 The Gospel Proclaimed

The Introduction The Text Genesis 3:14-24 (CSB) So the LORD God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head,...

August 5, 2021 · 8 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 3:1-13 The Gospel Needed

The Introduction The Text Genesis 3:1-13 (CSB) Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die....

July 29, 2021 · 19 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 2:4-25 Our Forever Righteousness

The Introduction The Text Genesis 2:4-25 (CSB) These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground....

July 22, 2021 · 19 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 2:1-3 Our Forever Rest

The Introduction The Text Genesis 2:1-3 (CSB) So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation. The Support Two explicit commands were given to mankind before the Fall, only one of them is forever While the command of not eating from a certain tree no longer applies to us, we are still to rest after six days of work because God rested after six days of work....

July 15, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:26-31 Our Forever Image

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:26-31 (CSB) Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female....

July 8, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:20-25 Our Forever Creator

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:20-25 (CSB) Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them: “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth....

July 1, 2021 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:14-19 Our Forever Light

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:14-19 (CSB) Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years. They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night—as well as the stars....

June 24, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:6-13 Our Forever Home

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:6-13 (CSB) Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” Evening came and then morning: the second day. Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear....

June 17, 2021 · 7 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:1-5 Our Forever Wisdom

The Introduction The Text Genesis 1:1-5 (CSB) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness....

June 10, 2021 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis 1:1 Our Forever Love

The Introduction The Text John 1:1-2 (CSB) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Support You would think that when you about to study Genesis, that the first study you are about to do is something about Creation. Almost. But to be honest, we are not just there yet. Before the heavens and the earth were formed, before the mountains took shape and the oceans were filled, before time and space were created, from everlasting to everlasting there is one God....

June 3, 2021 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

Study: Genesis - A Few Resources

Introduction Why Genesis? The pat answer is that it is beginning of everything that God has done. Everything we read from Exodus on, including and especially in the Gospels, can be traced right back to the first instance in Genesis. The real answer is that this is a sincere challenge and I want to walk through it. Here just the very small list of resources on Genesis that I have found most helpful....

June 1, 2021 · 2 min · Joseph Louthan