Welcome to ‘It’s Biblical’; a special live weekly in-depth bible study with special guests and pastors from around the UK. Each study series runs for 13 weeks and is based on a book of the Bible or a specific biblical topic.
From April to June, we will focus on the book of beginnings. The series is entitled: ‘Genesis’.
Genesis is about Jesus: our Creator, our Sustainer, our Redeemer. Writing millennia after the Genesis text itself had been penned by Moses and reaching back across those ages to the patriarch’s very words, the apostle John reveals Jesus in the Creation account: “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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4, NKJV).
All creation—from galaxies hurling across the cosmos in staggering pinwheels of fire and light to the meticulous DNA woven miraculously into the cell to quantumwaves—Jesus created and sustains it all. And the book of Genesis is the first story in Scripture of both this creation and the redemption of this creation. Here, in this book, is the world’s only “official” account of our origins.
The English word Genesis is derived from the Greek genesis, which means “beginning,” itself derived from the Hebrew bere’shit, “in the beginning”—the first word of the book (hence, the first word of the entire Bible!). Genesis gives us the foundation, the base, upon which all the following Scriptures rest. Because it is first, and so foundational to all that comes after, Genesis is probably the most quoted or referred to book in the rest of the Scriptures.
Genesis is important because it is the book that, more than any other work, anywhere, helps us understand just who we are as human beings, a truth especially important now, in a day when we humans are deemed as nothing but accidents, chance creations of a purely materialistic universe. Genesis, however, reveals to us our true origin, that we are beings purposely and perfectly made in the image of God in a perfect world. Genesis also explains the Fall; that is, why our world is no longer perfect and why we as humans aren’t, as well. Genesis, however, also comforts us with God’s promise of salvation in a world that, in and of itself, offers us nothing but suffering and death.
With its dramatic stories of miracles and judgments witnessing to God’s holy presence, Genesis is awe-inspiring. But Genesis is also a book with moving human stories of love, hatred, birth, death, murder, and forgiveness. It is also a book with lessons on ethics, faith, and the hope and promise of redemption.
During these next thirteen weeks, we will not only read and study the book of Genesis—we will enjoy its beautiful stories and learn to walk better with the Lord of Creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We invite you to take the journey with us.
Visit the ‘It’s Biblical’ group forum and post your questions, and download the study to follow along as you listen live: