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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

But God Meant it for Good

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: September 2, 2018 | Text: Genesis 50

Sermon Summary

As the book of Genesis comes to a close, Joseph's interaction with his brothers shows his view of God's sovereignty. He has total confidence in God's goodness and his control over all things in life, even the sin of his brothers. While they meant to harm him, God was actually orchestrating events for his own good purposes. Taking this view of God gives us confidence to face the trials in our lives, knowing that God is in control and is using it for our good. And like Joseph, believing that God is sovereign means we can forgive those who wrong us and not harbor resentment. 

Blessing Through the Coming King

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 19, 2018 | Text: Genesis 49

Sermon Summary

As Jacob blesses his sons in Genesis 49, he draws special attention to the nature of those who receive blessing by highlighting Judah and Joseph. Judah's repentance and Joseph's faithful endurance were pathways for God's blessing to them. This blessing ultimately comes through Judah's greater descent, Jesus, the King of Kings who will reign in eternal, universal, peaceful dominion. Today we can partake in the blessing offered in Jesus by placing our faith in him and repenting of our sins.

Fully Formed Faith

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: August 12, 2018 | Text: Genesis 48

Sermon Summary

At the end of his life, Jacob blesses Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh. The story of Jacob's blessing in Genesis 48 shows his mature faith. Mature faith finds confidence in the Word of God, God's kindness and grace, the unique way God works, and the certainty of God's promises before death. Just like Jacob found confidence in God's Word, we can have this confidence today. God's kind grace was evident in Jacob's life and is evident in ours as well. God continues to work in unexpected ways. And because Jesus has raised from the dead, we find our ultimate confidence in our eternal future after death.

The Triumph of Grace

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 22, 2018 | Text: Genesis 43-45:15

Sermon Summary

Genesis 43-45:15 tells the story of Joseph's brothers returning to Egypt and traces God's gracious work of repentance in their lives to completion. We see that repentance is a change of mind leading to a change of heart resulting in a change of will.

The Grace of a Guilty Conscience

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 15, 2018 | Text: Genesis 42

Sermon Summary

In Genesis 42 we see God activating the guilty conscience of Joseph's brothers. They are violent and sinful men who need to change. But in His gracious providence God is at work not only to preserve His people, but also to purify them.In observing their experience we learn something about the value of guilt, fear, and godly sorrow that leads to repentance. 

From the Prison to the Palace

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 8, 2018 | Text: Genesis 40-41

Sermon Summary

The story of Joseph, with all its near misses, tragic injustices, surprising coincidences, and unlikely plot twists, it shows us that we serve a God who works all things together for good. Both the depth of the prison and the glory of the palace are God's doing. Though falsely accused and forgotten, Joseph's surprising rise to prominence in Pharaoh's administration reveals God's faithfulness and wise providence. 

Joseph in Potiphar's House

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: July 1, 2018 | Text: Genesis 39

Sermon Summary

Genesis 39 tells us about Joseph's experience as a slave in the house of Potipahar; his rise to prominence there, and his fall from grace as he is falsely accused of assault and sent to prison. In this story we see two important principles emerge, 1) the theological principle of God's presence and providence in adversity and 2) the practical principle of integrity rooted in the fear of God. 

Surprising Grace

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 24, 2018 | Text: Genesis 38

Sermon Summary

Why do shocking stories like the tale of Judah and Tamar belong in our bible? In these stories we are forced to look straight at our own reflection - we see the ugliness of sin and the reality of the curse. But that is not all we see; it is against the dark background of such depravity that we are able to see the triumph of God's grace.

Violation and Vengeance

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 3, 2018 | Text: Genesis 34

Sermon Summary

When Dinah is violated by Shechem, Jacob is passive but his sons respond with anger and brutality. The shocking ugliness of this dark stain on Israel's history reminds us that only by God's grace will the plan for redemption move forward, and only by faith can we respond rightly to the evils we face.

Jacob vs God

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 13, 2018 | Text: Genesis 30:25-31:55

Sermon Summary

Trusting in God leads to transformation by God. Though Jacob had lived a life of self-reliance and manipulated others by his cunning and strength, his encounter with God leaves him forever changed. He emerges crippled and weak, but clinging to the blessing of God and bearing a new name - Israel.

Jacob vs Laban

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 13, 2018 | Text: Genesis 30:25-31:55

Sermon Summary

In the struggle between Jacob and Laban we see familiar patterns of faith and fear, obedience and compromise. But through it all we also see more proof that God is in control and always keeps his promises, protecting and providing for His chosen people, and moving his plan of redemption forward through imperfect people, all by His gracious power.

Rachel vs Leah

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 6, 2018 | Text: Genesis 29:31-30:24

Sermon Summary

This birth narrative recounts how the sons of Jacob were born, and each announcement of a name is accompanied by a comment and an explanation of the meaning of that name. Each name expresses the hopes, desires, assumptions of Rachel and Leah. As we work our way through we get a lot of insight into the hearts of these two women and their painful circumstances. It's against this dark background of pain and hurt and envy and longing that we see the grace of God shine brightly.

The Deceiver is Deceived

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 29, 2018 | Text: Genesis 29

Sermon Summary

Jacob has deceived his father and deprived his brother, but when he meets Laban the tables are turned and he becomes the victim of deception. Though he reaps the bitter fruit of the sin he has sown, still God's gracious promise continues and the broken pieces of Jacob's life are used to further God's covenant plans.

Meeting God at Bethel

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 25, 2018 | Text: Genesis 28

Sermon Summary

The story of Jacob at Bethel is a beautiful account of God's grace to an undeserving sinner. When Jacob lies down to rest in a "certain" place, he unexpectedly experiences a life-changing meeting with God. That God graciously pursues and provides for sinners like us ought to produce a response of fear, worship, and personal commitment.

Faithful, Sovereign, Unmerited Grace

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: February 18, 2018 | Text: Genesis 25

Sermon Summary

Genesis 25 brings the life of Abraham to a close and sets the stage for the next major section of Genesis - the story of Isaac and his family. The names change, the generations come and go, but one thing remains constant; the God of promise, the God who speaks and acts for His glory and the good of His people. What emerges throughout salvation history is the faithful, sovereign, unmerited grace of God.

Faith and the Providence of God

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: February 11, 2018 | Text: Genesis 24

Sermon Summary

Genesis 24 reveals the remarkable providence of God in providing a wife for Isaac. The doctrine of providence ought to humble us - we are not the masters of our destiny. It ought to comfort us - we are not victims of fate. And it ought to free us to step out in faith, knowing that God is always providentially guiding all things towards His desired outcome.

Death, Burial, and Forward-Looking Faith

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: February 4, 2018 | Text: Genesis 23

Sermon Summary

When Sarah dies, Abraham's mourning is followed is by a faith-filled act of purchasing land to bury her in the land in Canaan. Confidence in the future fulfillment of God's promises compels us to walk by faith in the present. This eternal perspective does not disconnect us from the present, but instead infuses the present with hope that enables us to trust, obey, and worship no matter what our circumstances.

Promises Kept

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: January 21, 2018 | Text: Genesis 21

Sermon Summary

God demonstrates His faithfulness to Abraham and Sarah by providing them a son, protecting his legacy, and giving them possession of land in Canaan. God always keeps his promises. This prepares Abraham for the test of his faith to come, and encourages our faith as well. The faithfulness of God is good news because our salvation depends on the fulfillment of all God's promises in Christ.  

The Promise Preserved By Grace

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: January 14, 2018 | Text: Genesis 20

Sermon Summary

Despite unbelief, repeated failure and even ignorance, God preserves the promise by His grace. This lesson needed to be driven deep into the hearts of the nation Israel, the audience to whom Moses was writing. And it needs to be driven deep into our hearts as well. We are recipients of God's abundant and unmerited grace.

The Covenant Confirmed

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: November 12, 2017 | Text: Genesis 17

Sermon Summary

In Genesis 17 the covenant obligations have are laid out, the covenant son promised, and Abraham offers us an example of covenant faithfulness in his obedience. From this story we learn some important lessons about how the promise of God gives us a new identity, creates a new community, and calls for holy living.

The God Who Hears, the God Who Sees

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: November 5, 2017 | Text: Genesis 16

Sermon Summary

When Abram and Sarai resort to seeking offspring through their servant Hagar, it only makes their situation worse. But even though human faithlessness amplifies our pain, there is a God who is faithful to comfort us. He hears our cries and sees our need, and has comassion on the needy.

Abram's Faith and God's Covenant

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: October 29, 2017 | Text: Genesis 15

Sermon Summary

Abram has followed the call of God, but he is still childless and does not possess the land. What about the promise? This is the question that haunts Abram, and a question that God will now answer definitively. God confirms his promise by His word, Abram embraces the promise through faith, and God cements His promise by covenant.

Faith Renewed and Blessed

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: September 24, 2017 | Text: Genesis 13

Sermon Summary

Following deliverance from Egypt, Abram's faith is renewed as he returns to the land and worships the Lord. But his faith is tested once again as conflict arises within his own family. This time Abram rests in the promise, and demonstrates humility and generosity towards Lot. He walks by faith, not by sight, and hears the promise of God confirmed and expanded. 

The Scattering of the Nations at Babel

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: September 3, 2017 | Text: Genesis 11

Sermon Summary

At Babel, human pride and fear lead to disobedience. God's judgment is to confuse their language and scatter them throughout all the earth. But God's plan of redemption will gather a people from every nation, uniting their hearts in worship through the work of Jesus. As the people of God today, our hearts ought to reflect God's; resulting in a love for the nations and unity in a diverse church. 

A New Beginning

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: August 27, 2017 | Text: Genesis 9

Sermon Summary

As Noah and his family step off the ark and into the newly washed world, God blesses and commissions them to carry on his original plan for mankind. In His grace God establishes an eternal covenant with them, revealing his gracious plan to counteract the sin of man apart from global destruction. Sadly, the familiar cycle of failure and sin and cursing continues, but such failure will not cancel God's gracious covenant purposes. 

The Flood - Judgment and Deliverance

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: August 20, 2017 | Text: Genesis 6-8

Sermon Summary

In Genesis 6 we find sin fully grown - society is completely corrupt, marked by wickedness and violence. Comprehensive evil is met with comprehensive justice, but God shows grace and rescues a man named Noah and his family. Noah boards the ark not just a survivor, but as the bearer of the promise. Sin always brings divine judgment, but hope for rescue is found in the grace of God.

Rescue from Death and Rest from the Curse

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: August 13, 2017 | Text: Genesis 5

Sermon Summary

In Genesis 5 we find the family history from Adam to Noah. But this is about more than just historical information; in this genealogy we find a sobering reminder of life in a sin-cursed world as well a shining example of living by faith as we wait for the promise to be fulfilled. 

Cain and Abel and Seth

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: August 6, 2017 | Text: Genesis 4:1-26

Sermon Summary

Life outside the garden follows the same sad pattern of temptation, sin, and cursing. Adam and Eve's sin is passed on to their descendants. But as the curse spreads spreads and worsens, the promise continues; God is working to bring about his plan of redemption. 

Paradise Lost

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: July 30, 2017 | Text: Genesis 3:8-24

Sermon Summary

Adam and Eve's sin results in shame, fear, and divine judgment. Their relationship with one another and with God are fractured, and they are sent out of God's presence in the garden. But a glimmer of hope is found in the promise, a promise that hints at God's gracious purpose to restore what has been lost in the fall. 

The Creation of Man

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: July 16, 2017 | Text: Genesis 2:4-25

Sermon Summary

Genesis 1 looks at the big picture; a universal creation account that tells us about the beginning of the world. In Genesis 2 Moses takes a second look from a different angle at the creation of man, diving deeper into the details to teach us something about ourselves.

God's Glory Revealed in His Work of Creation

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Speaker: JD Summers| Date: July 9, 2017 | Text: Genesis 1:1-2:3

Sermon Summary

Why did God take six days to create the world instead of bringing it into existence all at once? To teach us something about Himself. The Genesis account of creation does more than simply answer the "how and when" questions; it answers the "who and why" questions. Creation reveals God's glorious power, nature, and purpose. 

The Opportunity of Testing

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Speaker: Mike Summers| Date: May 21, 2017 | Text: Genesis 22:1-18

Sermon Summary

Throughout our life, we experience challenges to our faith that we may not understand. But these tests are not random. They are never without a purpose. They are intended by God to increase our dependency on him, prove the quality of our faith, and accomplish God's intended purpose for our lives.