Is there any hope, in this world where everything gets old, to actually become new? More significantly, is there any hope for those of us whose lives are marked by deteriorating health, broken relationships, and destructive habits to be given a fresh start, a new perspective, a virtual reset button on life?
Last week we started our study of Genesis with the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. This week we will continue on at the beginning!
- Read and complete the Personal Bible Study on pages 31 – 37
- Read the teaching chapter (p.38-54)
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Nancy opens this chapter talking about newness of the world and how The Eternal Word Illumined the darkness, ordered the chaos, filled the emptiness and breathed the breath of life into man and then… rested.
She then points us to the gospel of John where we read…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Nancy then shows us some snapshots from the gospels (p47) and also showed that the same Jesus who was present at creation was the same Jesus who walked the earth. She presents us with a quick summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ (p48)
There are two common responses to the gospel: some receive him, and others do not. Those who receive him are ‘born again’, a new creation. Nancy explains that just as we had nothing to do with our first time of being born neither is it in our power to born again or born the second time. Which is where we get to New Creations… even today! Yes, we can become a new creation! We can be made new! What good news!
If you would like to, please share your story of how and when you were born again.
Nancy then writes and shows us how Genesis points to what is yet to come in the new heaven and new earth and for mankind.
- Share any of your responses from the Personal Bible Study section on pages 31 -37.
- Feel free to share and expand upon any of the 10 discussion points that are in the book (p. 55-57) Imagine that you are having these discussions with your children or your neighbour. Share your responses in the comment section below.
- What jumped out at you this week in the study?
- Have you been pondering a particular verse?
- What have you learned so far?
- Share a favourite passage or paragraph from the book.
- You have all week to share your responses and you can come back and comment and often as you like.