Community Group Study “Genesis: A New Beginning”

Before your community group meets:

Read Genesis 7:1-8:19, write down 10 observations including patterns do you see in the text, relevant numbers and notice anything that seems similar to the Genesis 1 creation story.

What is the importance of Genesis 8:1? Did God forget about Noah and if not what is being emphasized here?

How does this passage show us examples of God’s grace?

Study Information:

This second part of the flood story gives us a lot of facts about the flood. The ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. There were 2 of every “sort” or “kind” of animal, bird and creeping thing. We can and should notice that it does not say every variation or species of animal. Noah and his family took 7 days to prep the ark before the rain came. The waters rose above even the highest mountains. The inhabitants of the ark were aboard for over a year. It is great to know this information and to have an accurate understanding of what actually took place in this event. However, we should also ask the questions “why is this here?” and “what do we learn about God and the Christian life?”

As you read through the passage and think about those questions look for any sort of language that is similar to what we’ve read in Genesis 1-2. The flood story intentionally uses language from the creation story as God brings destruction on the world as a judgment for sin and then gives the world a new beginning. We also see an emphasis in the text on God’s faithfulness and his commitment to Noah through his covenant (Genesis 6:18). Finally, we see a God who is in control over this cataclysmic event, he is never out of control or afraid of what’s been unleashed. Through these things, God is teaching his people to trust in him. Remember back to the original setting of the book of Genesis, Moses is reading this book to the people of God as they are waiting to cross into the promise land. God is reminding his people that he hates sin and the corruption it causes on the earth. He is reminding his people that he is the giver of new life and is with his people. Finally, he is reminding them and us that he is faithful and is the God of new beginnings; meaning he not only brings judgement on sin but delivers his people to new life.

As you read through the passage and pray about what you’re learning, look to what this is communicating about God and how we are called to follow Christ today based on what we learn.

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 is the importance of Genesis 8:1? What does this teach us about God’s faithfulness and is relationship with his people?

For those who listened to the sermon, how is the flood story different from the Babylonian flood story?

The message discussed how the creation story language shows us that God often works by bringing things to a point of death before bringing a new beginning and how this is a pattern for the Christian life (2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:8-11).  How do you think this practically works out in how we grow in holiness and fight sin?

Looking Ahead:

Read Genesis 8:20-9:17 list out 7-10 observations you have from the text.

Do you see any significance to Noah’s first act being worship and sacrifice? How does God respond?

What does the text say about Humanity’s personhood, calling and relationship with nature based on God’s words to Noah in 9:1-7

What does God promise to Noah and future generations in his covenant? One of the things we can observe in scripture is that God gives signs to his people when he makes a covenant. Why do you think God does this?

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