Origin Story - A Study of Genesis 1-12
Genesis chapters one through twelve are often seen as verses shrouded in mystery and controversy. Do chapters one through three reveal the true origins of our universe? Is the world very young, or very old as is claimed by modern science? Is there anything in these chapters that a twenty-first century person should take seriously and apply to their life today? We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God, and profitable, and that Genesis chapters one through twelve reveal vital truths that are foundational to our lives today. Below you will find video teachings and note handouts from our study on Genesis chapters one through twelve.
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Below you will find video and audio for each week's Bible study. You can watch, listen, and we hope you'll share only if you know someone who could benefit from these teachings.
Lesson Nine - Original Sin
How damaging were the effects of Adam and Eve's sin? What do we mean when we say the phrase "original sin"? Why are original sin and the salvation of Jesus so closely tied together? This teaching addresses these questions and more.
Lesson Eight - Creation Care
What is humanities responsibility towards creation? God commanded us to have "dominion" over the earth, what does this mean? In this talk, guest teacher Steve Snyder explains how our broken relationship with God directly relates to the brokenness we see in creation.
Lesson Seven - Theistic Evolution Model
Is belief in evolution a live option for Christians who claim the Bible is God's Word? In this lesson Pastor Chad gives an overview of the Theistic Evolution position and shares some concerns about adopting this model.
NOTE: Due to technical errors weeks five and six of this study were not successfully recorded. See the video below for a helpful overview.
Lessons Four and Five - Young Earth and Old Earth Creation Models
Unfortunately due to technical errors we do not have the live video from weeks four and five. However, this video is a very helpful overview from both sides by the two leading experts on these positions. If you would like to understand the basic claims of Young Earth Creationism and Old Earth Creationism this video will be a good place to start.
Lesson Four - Christian Creation Models
This week we begin to discuss the various creation models accepted by many Christians and how we should evaluate their validity according to God's Word. The three models discussed in this video are Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism, and Theistic Evolution. Over the next three weeks there will be individual presentations given on each model.
Lesson Three - The Main Point of Genesis
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Moses wrote the book of Genesis to an original audience of Jewish people who were being called to embark on a journey of conquest in a land filled with strong and wicked people. What was Moses trying to get across to this original group of people? How can we know what the main idea of Genesis is, and for that matter, how can we discover the main idea of any book in the Bible? What clues are present in Genesis that reveal what the main idea of the book is? How does knowing the main idea of Genesis help us make sense of other parts of the book?
Lesson Two - The Structure of Genesis 1:1-2:3
Details matter, but details separated from context can be misleading. What can we learn from the structure of the creation account in Genesis 1:1-2:3? What do we make of the order of the creation days, the emphasis on God's creation of human beings, and the fact that God rested on the seventh day? This lesson will unpack why the structure of this passage is vital to our understanding of the creation account, as well as the main point of Genesis chapters one through twelve.
Lesson One - An Introduction to Genesis 1-12
Answering some fundamental questions as we get started will help us properly navigate these chapters in Genesis. Questions like: How do we approach studying a book like Genesis? What is necessary to understand its teaching and grasp its important concepts? Who was the original audience of this book, what concerns was it addressing for them? Are these concerns relevant to us today?