“The Creation of Humanity” (Genesis 1 and 2)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning,” drawn from Genesis 1-3. This is the first part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. This fourth week of the series, Pastor Ruth Carver preached about the creation of humanity from Genesis 1 and 2.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

The Creation of Humanity – Big Picture (Genesis 1:26-31)

  • God made mankind in His own image (Imago Dei).
    • God made them to rule over all other living things.
    • God made them male and female.
  • It was very good.

The Creation of Humanity – Zeroing in for a Closer Look (Genesis 2:5-24)

  • God formed the first man from the dust of the earth.
  • God gave him work to do.
  • God saw that something was lacking.
  • God formed the first woman.
  • God established marriage.

A Biblical View of Humanity

  • Human beings are not accidents.
  • People are more important than the environment.
  • God created the two sexes, male and female.
  • Our purpose as human beings is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Watch Noel Paul Stookey singing his Wedding Song inspired in part by Genesis chapter 2
  • Watch and listen to portions of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Creation (Die Schöpfung): Adam and Eve’s duet segment (in German with English supertitles starting at 1:19:21) and the wonderful chorus, “The Heavens Are Telling” (in English)
  • Listen to the imaginative meditation-sermon by James Weldon Johnson called “The Creation” from his 1927 sermon compilation, God’s Trombones

Eastbrook at Home – January 29, 2023

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we continue our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning” by looking at the creation of humanity in Genesis 1 and 2.

Here is a prayer for this Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

O God, you know that we are set in the midst of many grave dangers, and because of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant that your strength and protection may support us in all dangers and carry us through every temptation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

“A Garden and a Gardener, Four Rivers and Two Trees” (Genesis 2)

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning,” drawn from Genesis 1-3. This is the first part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. This third week of the series I preached from Genesis 2:4-15, walking through the Genesis 2 account of creation.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

The Toledot Structure of Genesis

Ten toledot in Genesis:

The story of God’s work with generations and peoples

God Creates a Garden (2:8-10)

God is not only a craftsman but a gardener or farmer

God brings forth beauty and diversity in creation

God Creates a Gardener (2:7-8, 15)

God the gardener creates humanity as sub-gardeners

Humanity is rooted in creation

God’s Garden and the Four Rivers (2:10-14)

The one river 

The four rivers

God’s Garden and the Two Trees (2:9)

The garden with many trees

The two trees in the middle of the garden


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

Eastbrook at Home – January 22, 2023

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we continue our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning” by looking at the creation account in Genesis 2.

Here is a prayer for this Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

“The Genesis 1 Account of Creation”

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “In the Beginning,” drawn from Genesis 1-3. This is the first part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. This second week of the series I preached from Genesis 1:1-2:3, walking through the Genesis 1 account of creation.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

Approaching Genesis 1:1-2:3

The relationship between faith and science

The limitations of human understanding

Openness to receive Genesis on its own terms 

The Flow and Structure of Genesis 1:1-2:3

God’s ordering of creation through separation

God creates domains and then the entities which exist within them

The structure and variety within God’s creation

The “10” of creation and the “7” of God’s creation

The supremacy of God over all creation and all others

Day 0 (1:2)
Void and Vacuum
Day 1 (1:3-5)
Light
Day 4 (1:14-19)
Lights
Day 2 (1:6-8)
Firmament
Waters below
Day 5 (1:20-23)
Aviary life
Marine life
Day 3 (1:9-13)
Dry land 
Vegetation
Day 6 (1:24-31)
Land animals 
Human beings
Day 7 (2:1-3)
Creation completed
Holy

Genesis 1:1-2:3 and God 

God the Kingly Priest

God the Author of Delight


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Genesis 1:1-2 or Psalm 19:1
  • Draw, ink, or paint the account of creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3. As you do that, thank and praise God for the wonderful variety of His creation. When you finish, consider sharing your prayer reflections and/or artistry with a friend.
  • Watch the Bible Project’s video, “Genesis 1”
  • Read one of the following: