Community Group Study “Genesis: God of Creation”

Before your community group meets:

Read through Genesis 1:1-2:3, put a few words in each box to describe what God is doing on each day.

Day 1:

Day 4:

Day 2:

Day 5:

Day 4:

Day 6:

Day 7:

What are your main observations about the pattern of creation based on the table above?

How is Day 6 different from the rest of the creation account?

How do Genesis 1:1-2 and 2:1-3 relate to each other?

Study Information:

The Genesis 1 creation account is a highly structured and poetic section of scripture. As you read through it you can notice an established rhythm and then some changes in the rhythm, especially on Day 6. This is a literary way to draw the reader/listener’s attention into focus for areas of significance.

Overall, the creation story shows us two main things:

First, how God ordered the universe to reveal his glory. As God creates, he names and assigns purpose to the various aspects of the heavens and earth. During each day he looks upon what he did and declares it “good” meaning complete and beautiful. Creation will naturally draw people into awe and wonder because God has filled it with beauty. Likewise, we get a picture that God has created in such a way that he his declaring that the universe is his temple or dwelling place.

Second, creation is also shown to be uniquely human centered. Everything that is created and ordered serves to allow life to flourish and human life in particular. Humanity is separated out from the rest of the “living creatures” (1:20, 21, 24) and given the job to rule and reign on God’d behalf. It seems like the movement of the creation account is to create and make a place for image bearers to call home.

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?

 

Scripture and Discussion Questions:
What were some of your observations about the days of creation?

 

Based on your observations of the passage, what are some reasons God created the heavens and earth in a beginning state that’s described as “without form and empty”, with “darkness” and “waters”? What is God showing us about who he is?

 


Read Genesis 1:31-2:3. What does God’s assessment in verse 31 tell us about creation? What is God resting from? If God doesn’t get tired, what is his rest showing us?

 

The Creation story shows us God ordering the chaos and how he is king and Lord. In a few chapters, God’s good creation will be infected with sin (Genesis 3, Romans 8:19-23). In light of the presence of sin and the disorder of the world we live in, how does God show his creative power today? See Romans 8:9-11, John 3:1-8, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 and Ephesians 4:17-24

Application/Looking Ahead:
How does the picture of God creating order from chaos challenge and encourage you this week?

 

What questions do you still have from Genesis 1 and what steps will you take to explore them?

 

Read Genesis 1:26-30 and Psalm 8. Give a one or two sentence definition of the “Image of God”.

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