A Self-Serving Announcement – A Study in Genesis


[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:



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

5 Responses to “A Self-Serving Announcement – A Study in Genesis”

  1. Anton Wesley Says:

    Makes me wish I lived in the DMV! Despite what others have said, I have gained quite a bit of valuable information from this site and is part of the reason I recently decided to join a local Reformed Baptist assembly.

    (MN: Which one? [if you mind mentioning the name of the local church, of course])

  2. Anton Wesley Says:

    The church is called Grace Reformed Baptist in Rocky Mount NC. I’m not a member yet. I have to interview with the pastor of RBC-Richmond, who is assuming some of the pastoral duties since we are without a pastor. Its about 20 miles away from where I live, but so is everything else!

  3. walksbyf8h Says:

    I’ve been attending an Independent Baptist congregation – so far so good. Haven’t decided if I will formally join but the study is much the same and I don’t sit there nervous about what is coming out of his mouth.

    As for reading whether Christians should read the OT, I avoid talking about biblical matters with those folks. It’s a waste of breath because all commandments in the NT are rooted in the OT except the one about loving one anotherand they just don’t “get it’.

    My church here in NYC is Heritage Baptist Church.

  4. Chaplain Dave Sparks Says:

    “the one about loving one another” IS in the Old Testament – Leviticus 19:18

  5. Anton Wesley Says:

    You wouldn’t happen to have any audio available of these lessons would you? Since Im aeons away from civilization; I like to listen to good teaching while I’m headed that way!

    (MN: We do not. But it is likely that a recording wouldn’t be particularly useful. For the most part, the dicussion is really wideranging and sometimes quite boisterous. In general, it’s not just some stiff sitting there lecturing. There is a lot of give and take, lots of direct involvement. Lots of questions where the instructor will say “I don’t know. Let me get back to you.” )

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