Week 1 - Beginning with Genesis
September 9th, 2018
Setting the scene...
The Hebrew word, “Bereshith" is the first word of the book of Genesis. Roughly translated, it means, “In the Beginning.” The book of Genesis contains ancient origin stories revealing wisdom about what it means to be human and how God fits into the picture. Genesis 1 tells us that from the beginning, God made creation to be very good and we are made in the image of God. The garden story of Genesis 2 engages the intimate ways God initially shaped humanity and all creation into harmonious relationships. We learn that it is not good to be alone. We are given responsibility to care for this earth and one another. Both stories of creation speak of the ways in which God brings life out of chaos. As you read these origin stories about creation and humanity this week, reflect on your own origin story. How is God still at work creating goodness out of chaos in your own life?
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Listen to the sermon audio for this week.
Questions for reflection...
Which creation story speaks to me today?
How is God speaking to me through this story?
What does this story teach me about God? Myself? Humanity? The world?
What questions do I have for God today?
For additional study...
WATCH: this Bible Project video and if you like the work they are doing, support them on YouTube:
READ: Re-read Genesis 1:26-27 which declares that humankind is created in the image of God. What do United Methodists believe about being created in the image of God. Click below to find out:
JOIN A CLASS: Talk with other people about the Book of Genesis during a Bible study class at Delano UMC. Classes meet on Sunday or Thursday evenings. For more info
PRAYER EXERCISE: Try a new way to pray this week - soaking prayer: