Community Group Study “Genesis: Book of Beginnings”
Before your community group:
the word “Genesis” simply means “beginnings”. It is a book about God’s loving creation and his intention for humanity and the world. Yet it is also a book about how things went incredibly wrong and the downward spiral of sin that brought destruction, violence and despair. The hope we learn about in Genesis is that God is faithful to create a people and a promise and to bring a savior to defeat sin and death.
Watch this helpful summary of Genesis chapters 1-11 here (or search online for “Read Scripture: Genesis 1-11″).
At your community group:
Take 15-20 minutes to share about how God has been at work in your life, prayer concerns and pray for one another.
How did God speak to you through the scripture and the sermon this week?
Genesis is broken up into two large units
- Chapters 1-11 show us God’s intent for creation and the aftermath of humanity’s ongoing rebellion to God through a series of stories that begin in the Garden of Eden and culminates in the Tower of Babel. Chapters 1-2 focus on creation and 3-11 focus on the fall of humanity and the rampant destructiveness of sin.
- Chapters 12-50 teach us about how God is going to work a plan of salvation through blessing and calling one man and his family into covenant with him and God’s promise to bring a savior who will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15) and be a blessing to the nations (Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:27-29).
Genesis 1-11 uses a pattern of “sin”, “consequence/judgement” and God’s response of “grace/salvation” to teach us about sin’s destructive power and God’s gracious nature and character.
- Genesis 1-3 shows Adam and Eve’s rebellion, the consequence of separation from God and each other and God’s grace of a promised redeemer.
- Genesis 4-5 reveals the sin of murder in both Cain and Abel and Lamech’s story, the consequence of death and the breakdown of society and God’s grace in Seth and Noah.
- Genesis 6-8 points to an earth filled with violence, the judgement of the flood as God’s desire to save and renew the earth and God’s grace to reestablish his promise (Genesis 9:1, 9:8-17).
- Genesis 9-11 shows us humanity gathering together in unison to rebel against God (Tower of Babel), the judgement of being scattered and disunited and God’s grace in calling Abram and promising to bless the nations through his family line.
Scripture and Discussion Questions:
As a group, read Genesis 1:1-2, 1:27-28, 2:7-9, 3:6-7, 3:14-15, 4:26, 5:28-29, 8:1-2, 9:11-13 and 12:1-3
What do these verses us about the world God made, what went wrong and God’s character?
What does it mean to be made in God’s image and what was the original goal for humanity to follow?
What happened when humans attempted to define good and evil independently from God? How does sin show up in these first 11 chapters of Genesis?
Why does God respond with grace and how does Genesis point forward to the good news of Jesus?
What questions do you have about the book of Genesis that you hope to have answered as we study this book together?
Read Genesis 1-3 this next week and write down 15 observations you have noting what we learn about God and his character from just this part of the bible.
In future weeks we will discuss what it means to be created in the image of God. Pray about what that means and ask God to reveal that to you from your time in your bible reading this week.
List out 2 ways that God has shown you grace this week.