Genesis - Beginnings and Belongings

October, November, December 2006

Want to learn more about Genesis - Beginnings and Belongings? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: Foundations (Genesis 1:1-3)
This week we begin at the beginning! Not only do we start a new quarter, but we start a new series of lessons on Genesis - the first book of the Bible. Followers of Darwin reject the Genesis account of the Creation. Worse, it is my impression that many Christians take the Biblical account of Creation with more than a little skepticism. As with many other things, if you start out on the wrong track, you are unlikely to get to the right destination. The Biblical account of Creation is critical to a correct belief regarding the nature and power of God, the nature of sin and the importance of the Sabbath. It also a mirror to determine your level of confidence in God's Word. Let's dig into our study of whether the Creation account should be believed!

Lesson 2: "In the Beginning...." (Genesis 1:3-31)
Last week we studied whether the Creation account is reliable. This week we look at the account itself. How did we come to exist? How was our world created? Let's dive in and find out!

Lesson 3: The Early Earth (Genesis 2)
When we studied Genesis chapter 1, the Creation account seemed very clear and straightforward. Genesis 2 raises the issue of whether there is more than one story here. Is God less than clear? What lessons for life can we learn from the Creation account? Let's dive in and find out!

Lesson 4: Paradise Lost (Genesis 3 & 4)
There is an old saying: "You get one shot at the king; either you kill him or he kills you." Imagine the thinking of Satan: if you were given one opportunity to test the loyalty of Adam and Eve, wouldn't you bring your best argument, your best temptation? Everything was riding on that "one shot." Let's jump into our lesson and consider Satan's decision on how to test the loyalty of God's newly minted humans!

Lesson 5: Destruction and Renewal (Genesis 6-8)
Have you ever regretted something you have done? That seems to be a normal part of the human condition. Does God ever regret anything that He has done? Is it possible that God regrets creating us? Let's dive into our lesson and find out!

Lesson 6: The Earth After the Flood (Genesis 9-11)
The Flood is over, God has saved His faithful. How do they react? Is the earth now one glorious "near heaven" experience? Is all at peace and harmony? Is God lifted up? Or, have humans learned nothing? Let's dive into the Bible and find out!

Lesson 7: The Man Abram (Genesis 12-14)
Has God called you to serve Him? Have you let God down? If you have felt the call, but found that you have failed God by being unworthy, this study is for you! Abram shows us what it means to fail God and what God will do for those who learn from their past mistakes. Let's jump into our study!

Lesson 8: Faith and Frailty (Genesis 16-19)
Have you ever unexpectedly found yourself in a "tough spot" and wondered how you got there? Our study this week reveals how making a series of small, but poor, decisions can create serious problems in our life. Let's jump into our study and learn more!

Lesson 9: The Triumph of Faith (Genesis 21-22)
Years ago, I had a man ask me a question that I clearly remember even now: how can I know what God has in mind for my life? What direction should I take? I'm sure many students of these studies have the same question. How can we trust or even know the leading of God in our life? Our study this week gives us examples of God's leading which may give us some answers. Let's jump into our study!

Lesson 10: The Price of Duplicity (Genesis 25-28)
How many times does it seem like God needs a little help to get those things done which you know He needs to do right now? So far in the story of Abraham and his descendants, we have seen what kind of trouble that kind of attitude can create. This week we study two different approaches to "assisting" the will of God. Let's dive into our study and learn more!

Lesson 11: Jacob Becomes Israel (Genesis 29-33)
Last week, we left our story with Jacob fleeing his home to avoid being murdered by his brother Esau over defrauding him of the birthright. Jacob's cover story for his flight is that he is going to find a wife. Let's dive into our study and see what Jacob finds!

Lesson 12: From Prison Cell to Palace (Genesis 37-41)
Time passes, father Isaac dies and his sons Jacob and Esau bury him. The two sons, now at peace, decide that they have too many possessions to live in the same area. Esau moves to the hill country and prospers. Jacob remains in Canaan, the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and now him. Let's plunge into our continuing saga in Genesis!

Lesson 13: The End of the Beginning (Genesis 41-50)
Joseph's life has been steadily going downhill despite his faithfulness to God. He now has his big break. Will God "fix" his problems forever? If God is with Joseph, can he expect rewards for his faithfulness here on earth? Was the entire thing part of God's plan for Joseph and his family? Let's dive into our lesson and find out how things worked out in Joseph's life!

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