Genesis: The Global Study
By Pastor Dale Critchley
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In recent years, the Book of Genesis has produced more name-calling than any other part of the Bible. With widely varied interpretations, the first two chapters polarize churches, communities, and schools. Organizations, museums, and theme parks have been built around the debate, often making the political sphere look civil and tame by comparison. But Genesis is more than its first two chapters, and even those first chapters offer more than just a look at the early days of the earth. This study aims to discuss this 3400-year-old document and its implications for history, the present, and the future. we will discuss the historicity, reliability, and varied interpretations of a book more controversial than its other bookend, Revelation. The discussion will take place on multiple levels and locations. We will meet live to discuss it in person on Sunday evenings at 7 PM at Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church. The conversation will be streamed live, so anyone unable to be present can watch and join in the discussion via chat, Twitter, or Facebook. Those unable to watch live can either watch the recorded class or listen online via podcast or just read the questions online and discuss the questions in the comments section. We will also have forums to discuss tangential topics like the age of the earth, archaeology, and more. Anyone interested is welcome to attend or participate in any way, regardless of beliefs, background, or location.
||CleanGenesis 39-40||Joseph, Potiphar, his wife, the cupbearer, and the baker (and the candlestick maker?!)||5/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 32-33||Jacob meets Esau and wrestles with God||4/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 29:14-30||Jacob marries Leah & Rachel||4/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 28:10-22||Jacob's Dream||3/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 27:1-40||http://shepherdoftheridge.org/genesis_the_global_study/event/bible_study/genesis_27_1_40 Image via Wikipedia Read Genesis 27:1-40 (Isaac’s Blessing) Have you ever misrepresented yourself? (pretended to be someone else, a different age, embellishing a resumé, etc.) What was the result to you or anyone else? Why was getting this deathbed blessing so important? What did Jacob hope to get out of this blessing? In 27:20, why does Jacob say, "your God" instead of "our God"? What is Jacob's relationship with the Lord like at this point? Do you think Isaac could take back his blessing? God fulfilled this stolen blessing. What does this tell us about God? Compare 27:27 with Luke 22:48. How does 27:29 fulfill God's promise in Genesis 25:23? Isn't this Rebekah forcing God's promise? Why do you think Isaac fell for this trick? Compare Jacob's and Esau's blessings. If God's plans depended on our virtue and faithfulness, how would that change things? Would God's plan have been fulfilled if Jacob hadn't been so deceptive? If this story took place today, what might Jacob try to steal? How do we see God's plan for salvation in Jesus Christ working through this narrative?||3/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 25:19-34||Jacob & Esau||3/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 24||Isaac & Rebekah||2/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 21||Birth of Isaac||2/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 19||http://shepherdoftheridge.org/genesis_the_global_study/event/bible_study/genesis_19 Read Genesis 19 (Sodom & Gomorrah) Even though Lot chose Sodom, He's still called a "righteous man" (2 Peter 2:7). Why do you think that is? Why was Lot sitting in the city gate? (19:1) Why did Lot insist on the angels staying at his house? (19:2-3) Why did Lot offer his daughters to the mob outside? (19:8) Is this justifiable? Why did Lot have so little influence over his sons-in-law? (19:16) Why do you think Lot was hesitant to leave Sodom? (19:16) Why was Lot's wife punished? (19:26) Destroying two entire cities seems harsh. Was it warranted? Why? (Genesis 19:1-11; Ezekiel 16:48-50, Matthew 10:11-16) How does Abraham's and Lot's reactions to the visitors compare with this reasoning? What lesson can your house learn from Sodom and Gomorrah? Your church? If this upset God so much, what does this tell us about the character and priorities of God? How do we see this character in the ministry of Jesus? Given Lot's actions in 19:30ff, how can he still be called "righteous"? What do we know about the Moabites and the Ammonites? (1 Samuel 14:47; 2 Chronicles 20:1) Who else was born as a descendent of this union? (Ruth 1:4; Matthew 1:5)||1/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 18||The Three Visitors||1/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 16-17||http://shepherdoftheridge.org/genesis_the_global_study/event/bible_study/genesis_15_17 Read Genesis 16 (Hagar and Ishmael) Sarai had been barren her whole life, was now 75, and it had been 10 years since God had made His promise. What would you do? What was Sarai's solution to their problem? (16:2) In what ways was this a problem? Do you see this being morally comparable to any modern reproductive technologies? Why/not? What did Sarai mean about the Lord judging in 16:5? What can we tell about the Angel of the Lord in 16:7ff? What does this tell us about God's relationship to gentiles? Have you ever had to wait a long time for God to fulfill a promise or meet a need? Has God shown His presence recently in your life? If so, based on how He did, what might you name that place? Read Genesis 17 (Covenant of Circumcision) What did God mean by "be blameless" in 17:1? What does the change of name for Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah mean? Why circumcision? (17:9-14) Is this works righteousness? (Genesis 15:6; 17:7; Romans 4:9-12) Was Abraham's laughter in 17:17 disbelief?||1/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 15||Genesis 15 (Abramic Covenant)||1/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 12||Abram and Sarai||12/13/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 11:1-9||The Tower of Babel||12/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 7:11-9:29||Was the flood local or global?||11/29/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 2:25-3:24||Adam and Eve's Fall into Sin in the Garden of Eden http://shepherdoftheridge.org/genesis_the_global_study/media/genesis_2_25_3_24 Read Genesis 2:25-3:24 In Genesis 2:25, they were naked and unashamed. Does this mean the Bible promotes nudism? Has the devil ever asked you, "Did God really say…?" When? Why do you think Eve said in 2:3 that they must not touch the tree of knowledge of good and evil? In 3:4, the devil says they won't die. Was he right? What's wrong with wanting to be like God? (1 John 3:2) What kind of fruit was it? Was the fruit itself evil? If so, why did God create it? If not, how can eating something good produce evil? Compare Jesus' temptation in Luke 4:1-13. In Romans 5 and elsewhere, Adam gets blamed for the original sin. Why? Why did they make fig leaf clothes for themselves? (3:7) Why didn't it help? Do you ever feel "naked" before God? Why did God ask Adam & Eve where they were? Didn't He know? (3:9) What does this sin do to Adam & Eve's relationship? (Compare 2:7-13) What does the curse on the serpent mean? Did snakes have legs before this? (3:14) What does 3:15 refer to? Why did God make clothes for them? What is the significance of the skin clothing? Why did He kick them out of the garden? Will we ever have access to the Tree of Life again? (Revelation 2:7; 22:2,14) What other tree gives life?||11/15/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 2:4-2:24||http://is.gd/ggXm3||10/25/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis 1:1-2:3||Read Genesis 1:1-2:3 What did God create out of, and what tool did He use? 'The heavens and the earth?' What about everything else? Did God create 'The heavens and the earth' before or after the first day? Which Person(s) of the Trinity were involved in creation? (cf. John 1:1-2) Notice the Spirit's connection with water. Where else does the Bible show water imagery with the Spirit of God? There are many different views of the timeframes and processes involved here. Which do you hold to, and why? (Young Earth creationism, Old Earth creationism, Gap creationism, Day-Age creationism, Progressive creationism, Intelligent design, Theistic Evolution, Functional Creationism) What is missing from the seventh day that the others had? What is the significance? How do you understand God resting? (cf. Hebrews 4:3-16) What do we learn from the order that God created? 1:26 uses a plural. Why? What is the image of God? Does 1:29-30 imply that everyone and everything was a vegetarian in the beginning? What does it mean to rule over creation? Do we do that today? What can we learn about God in this opening narration? Jesus said all Scriptures speak of Him. (John 5:39) What does this have to do with Jesus?||10/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenesis: An Overview Presentation||The initial presentation, also available in video at shepherdoftheridge.org||10/10/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
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