Can you think of someone you know who doesn’t know at least a few things about the Creation story in Genesis? It’s a pretty universally known story – which isn’t bad for something written in ancient Hebrew thousands of years ago right? Problem is … a lot of people go looking for things in the story that the original writers never wanted to say much about. But … they did want to say some things about the ‘Who and Why’ of Creation: who God is, who we are, and what on earth we’re here for. What they have to tell us is simply life-changing …
Session 1: Reading Genesis for all it’s worth
Sessions 2-4: The Who and Why of Genesis 1&2: Part 1 – God.
What the writers wanted to show us about who God is, what God is like, and the things God loves to do
Sessions 5-7: The Who and Why of Genesis 1&2: Part 2 – Us.
What the writer of Genesis wanted to show us about who we are and the good desires God formed in us
1) You and that Story in Genesis
How Genesis, like the Simpsons, could be true in ways you never thought possible
2) God: just never quits creating
There in the beginning right through to the very end, God is present, creating new things we never expected
3) God: creating beauty out of chaos
Emptiness and chaos, at the very beginning and in our lives too, are the things God loves to turn into fresh, new beginnings
4) God: speaking words that bless
Get to know a God who loves to speak good words into a world where bad words are seldom far from us
5) Us: Who Am I Really?
If you’re wondering who you are or what your identity is, the story in Genesis 1 and 2 is a good place to start.
6) Us: What am I Supposed to be Doing Here?
God has created each of us to do significant things with our lives. That’s why we want to know what our purpose in life is and why we feel frustrated when that doesn’t seem to work out.
7) Us: Made to Need Somebody to Love
The God-given desire to have someone to love is one of the deepest we have—it’s also an area of great vulnerability for us. There are good – and broken – ways to satisfy these longings. Where we go searching makes all the difference.