Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Genesis Introduction

I.        The Bible
II.       What The Bible Can Do
III.     How The Bible Begins: Genesis

The Bible

The Bible is an authoritative book written to be the authority in our life.  It is divided in 2 sections:  Old Testament and New Testament.  There are 66 books in total and tells 1 BIG story about the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Old Testament tells about the coming of Jesus and the New Testament records and reflects on His 1st coming which reveals God’s plan to redeem His people.  The New Testament also tells about His 2nd coming where He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  It’s the best-selling book of all time.  It has 1 author, God.  The Holy Spirit inspired over 40 different authors to write down the words of God.  2 Peter 1:20“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Humans do not gravitate to authority other than to self.  The Bible is God’s Word.  It’s a love letter to us from God.  The Bible is a story of redemption.  Why did God write the Bible?  He wants us to know Him.  We all mess up and need redemption.

How have use messed up? 
Do you know how much you need God? 
Do you know how much you matter to God? 

The Bible teaches right living and every bit of it is true.  How sure are you that the Bible is true?  Do you believe everything about the author is true?  If you read and study the Bible, you will discover a trustworthy God; The One who knows how you mess up but loves you anyway.

The Bible reveals God’s heart and mind.

What do you think about the Bible? 
Do you think it’s a book of rules and just history?

What the Bible Can Do

2 Timothy 3:16“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”  The Bible has good information.  Knowledge does not give strength to the weary or rest for the broken.  Our heart is top priority for God.  Human nature is to sin.  We are born sinners and our sin separates us from God.  God want to change our heart.  He offers to rescue us.  He sent His Son, Jesus to earth as a man.  Jesus gave his life for us on the cross so we would not have to die in our sins.  Allow the Word to influence your heart.  We have access to the Creator of all, to peace, to joy in sorrow, to strength through weakness.  How?  When we believe in His Word.  Give Him the access to your heart so you can be changed.

Believing and applying God’s Word with help you grow into the person God created you to be.

Is that a priority for you?  He created you for himself.  He had a special purpose for you when He made you.  Our life should draw attention on Him.
What do you need to adjust in your life so you will study His word every day?  God wants us to be submissive to the Word of God.  How submissive is your heart to God?

How The Bible Begins

Genesis is the very first book of the Bible and was written by Moses.  The meaning of the word Genesis is “beginnings” and that is just what Genesis is all about.  It teaches about the beginning of the universe, the heavens, the earth, man and woman, and human sin.  God reveals His purposes in Genesis:  the origin of man, man’s fall, the promise of redemption, and God’s plan of redemption.

Outline of Genesis:
Genesis 1-11 – History of creation, the human race, the fall of man, the flood, the Tower of Babel and covers thousands of years.
Genesis 12-50 – History of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and covers 500 years.

God’s story of redemption begins and ends with grace.

Will you allow the words in the best-selling book to bless you?

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