Archive for July, 2012

A Self-Serving Announcement – A Study in Genesis

July 6, 2012

 

[Warning Will Robinson!  Warning!  Self-serving posting alert!  Self-serving posting alert!  Blatantly self-serving posting follows!  Expect no neutrality.  Warning Will Robinson!]

I’ve written about it maybe a couple of times before, so this shouldn’t be a complete surprise.  We have an interesting series for Thursday Night Bible Study.  We’re covering Genesis – from “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth…” to “…and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.”

But we’re not trying to force the Word to talk about generational curses, make you think angels come to Earth and seduce women, or that God approved of polygamy. 

But we are asking questions and trying to work out the answers.  Was the Flood world-wide?  If it was, how in the world did Mt. Everest get covered?  If it was, what happened to a 15,000 foot globe of water covering the entire world?  How did Noah have enough room to carry all the animals? 

Is there a difference between the line of Seth and the line of Cain?  If there is, what is the difference?  How does God show this difference?  Did the men in Genesis really live to be many hundreds of years old?  If they did, why don’t we anymore?

One fellow, who attends another church, asked me if a Christian should read the Old Testament, much less Genesis.  The answer is a resounding YES!  How else can we understand the New Testament without understanding the Old Testament?  Much of the New Testament is solidly rooted in the Old Testament, and more specifically, in Genesis.  For example: 

  • How were people saved in the Old Testament?  Was it any different than today?
  • What is the significance of Enoch and what is his relationship to the Christian?
  • What does Jesus’ quotation from Genesis do to the claim that Jesus never addressed homosexual marriage?
  • How does Genesis help us to understand God’s place in the existence of good and evil, disasters, and human cruelty?
  • Why do we have so many languages and why do people look so different?
  • How dependent are we on science’s interpretation of the fact rather than an effort to align the facts with the facts of Scripture?
  • How does our attitude toward Genesis contribute to the characteristics of our world view?

The next two Thursdays (12 and 19 July) will be spent examining the Flood, what led up to it and what followed; its character and how it changed the world (physically and spiritually).  Prayer starts at 7:00 and Bible Study is usually going by 7:45.

The lesson plan after that (dates will float somewhat) is shown below:

 

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Google “Reformation Alive Baptist Church” (yes, we’re Baptists) and you should be able to find the address.


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