Your Name Means Dirt

Here are our notes from Sunday’s sermon “Your Name Means Dirt.”

Genesis 2:4-9

Adam = Hebrew for man/human

Adamah = Hebrew for dirt/ground

Also see: Genesis 2:15, 19-20 and Genesis 1:26


Gardening teaches us something valuable about rhythms to life.

    • Gardens have seasons, not 24/7 productivity.
    • God takes a day off
    • God commanded sabbatical season and year of Jubilee


  • Why do we think we need to outwork God?



Genesis 3 – Humanity attempts to do things on its own without partnering with God.

God’s grand plan to partner with humanity is not over.

John 19:41 & 20:15 – There’s a new gardener.

Revelation 22:1-5 – Eden is Restored

Gardening helps us catch a glimpse of something more.  Gardens are a handle on the Kingdom.  They challenge us to consider the Kingdom in new ways.

Jeremiah 29:4-7 – Gardens can help us learn something about hope and trust.

Take Aways:

  • God’s original intent was that God would allow humanity to partner with God to bring further beauty and order to creation
  • God’s grand plan to partner with humanity is restored by the new gardener, Jesus.
  • Gardens aren’t magical – but they do give us a tangible handle to hold onto to better understand the Kingdom of Heaven


  • Go outside.  Into Nature. Leave your phone inside… Take a Bible.
  • Plant something.  In a garden, in a pot, in a field.  As we progress through the series spend some time reading our texts near whatever you planted.  

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