Genesis

IN THE BEGINNING

If you want to know where we came from, jump into the first book of the Bible, the beginning of it all. Genesis is first historical book and describes the beginning of all things, except the One who existed before all things! Get to know Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, the fathers of our faith and build a strong and solid foundation of who we are and where we came from.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR

 
 

 

Part One

in the beginning, god created

g 1:1


DIVE

keep it simple

The first words of the Bible are the most powerful and frustrating words in the whole book. They give you a lesson in faith that will sustain you as you go through the whole Bible.

G 1:1-2 ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty…’

As you read, slow down and take in the details. Sometimes we read the stories of the Bible so quickly that we miss the gems found within.

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DEEP DIVE

introduction to the trinity | katie haldane

Genesis gives us the foundation to a lot of questions of existence: creation, the human race, sin. This week, we are looking at the hidden statements of fact we find in the Bible and diving deeper into the implications of those statements. In this week’s Dive post, we unpacked the statement ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ found in Genesis 1:1. It’s a power packed statement with implications of theology (the study of God) and our understanding of Creationism.

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Part Two

god created human beings in his own image

g 1:27


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THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

I love the fact that the Bible tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  If someone wrote the story of my life, I would want some editing – don’t tell them the time I completely humiliated myself or the time when I lost my temper or lied.

But that's not so in the Bible, Moses (the author of Genesis) describes the life of the Patriarchs with details of incredible acts of faith, heroism and humanity. You are going to be so inspired by the accounts in Genesis, and shocked that they were human beings with everyday fears, like Abram lying about Sarah to Pharaoh in Genesis 12:10, then Isaac doing exactly the same thing in Genesis 26 or Lots’ daughters in Genesis 19:30.

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DEEP DIVE

OMNI-WHAT? | ryan kerrison

God is many things, as the Bible does and continues to communicate to humanity. However, one great place to begin the journey of discovering God’s nature is with three words that theologians have coined and used to describe aspects of God’s abilities and nature. These words are Omnipotent, Omniscient & Omnipresent. In this Deep Dive, I will help define them and qualify what they mean traditionally, and maybe more importantly, what they don’t mean.

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Part Three

is anything too difficult for the lord?

G 18:14


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supernaturally natural

Have you noticed how supernatural the lives of the people in Genesis are, the Lord speaks to them over and over again, they have angels visiting them, they have dreams while sleeping on a stone, they wrestle with God himself and they are guided by the Most High on a daily basis. Their supernatural encounters were boringly natural.  

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DEEP DIVE

the personality of god | Ryan Kerrison

Personality can be described as the quality of being a person. Further definition exposes a flaw in the ability to discuss God’s own personality, but here goes. The APA adapts the explanation from Kazdin, that personality ‘refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. The trouble with this is that it is a humanistic definition and thus can’t ever fully represent the whole image of God. God is a triune being, three distinctly personal individuals, each with certain ‘personality’ traits, yet, in a sense, they’re a collective entity. It’s a tricky concept, but allow me to use the idea of personality to explore God as Creator and how He relates to His creation.

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Part Four

But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him

g 39:20


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did god put joseph in prison?

Joseph is such an incredible man of God. When I read his life story in Genesis 37-50, I get something new out of it every time. You could preach a thousand messages on this man. This guy is the ultimate over-comer; he keeps going in the midst of the most unfair and unjust circumstances. I mean, how many things can go wrong before this guy gives up?!

Every time Joseph is unfairly treated, he rises to the top again and God’s favour over his life shines through. He is like a cork, waves come and try and sink him down but he just keeps floating back to the top. Favour!

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DEEP DIVE

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE? | Katie haldane

Some people are scared of studying the Bible, just in case they find a scripture that confuses them or perhaps even a scripture that they disagree with. But the Bible is strong enough to stand up against any argument or study that you put to it. Our Christian walk is not based on blind faith, led by ignorance, our Christian faith is built upon a solid foundation of walking with God through the good and bad and wrestling with the Bible for all the truth that it contains. I love the story of Jacob wrestling with God; sometimes I imagine that is me when I read the Bible, I will wrestle with the text until it blesses me, until I am changed and transformed into the way it wants me to be – not the other way around. Don’t study the Bible for it to fit into your way of thinking, we study the Bible so that our thinking comes into alignment with its truth!

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