Set 1: In the Beginning

We see in our first set of stories that God's love created us. Even through our sin God's love sustains us as He is always working toward our good - including when we repeatedly get in the way. Chapters 1-11 focus on history before Abraham, also called the father of faith in the book of Hebrews. Genesis is part of the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible (also called the Torah in Jewish traditions). The word to describe these chapters in theological terms is called Protology or "first words."

Message from Sunday, September 10th

Information About the Title: The word "Genesis" is actually a Greek word which means "origin" in English. In Hebrew, the first word of the book is "Bereishith," which translates to "In the Beginning." Sounds familiar, right? Even people who aren't Christians or Jews often recognize that "In the beginning" is the first line of Genesis.The Jewish names for the Old Testament books are typically whatever the first word of that book is in Hebrew.
Type of Writing: Prose History
Writer: Moses
Important Locations: 
Garden of Eden - exact location unknown, Mesopotamia
Mount Ararat - modern day Türkiye
The city of Babel - modern day Iraq, exact location disputed

These questions can apply to all readings individually or can be done after all readings are finished.
  1. What did you find most interesting or thought-provoking?
  2. What challenged you?
  3. What did you learn about the character of God?
  4. What does this Biblical account invite you to do, think, or believe after reading it?

God Almighty, we thank you for Your amazing creation. We thank you for the way that you continue to grow us as we live in the grace of our baptisms. Please help to always see the work of Your hands in our lives. We confess that at times we are in the places of Adam, Eve, and the other people in these stories who struggle with faith. Please forgive us and grow us so that our faith is strengthened in your promises. Amen.

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