This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new preaching series entitled “In the Beginning,” drawn from Genesis 1-3. This is the first part of a two-part series on Genesis 1-11 that will stretch from January through Lent up to Easter. This first week of the series I preached from Genesis 1:1-2 on the revelation of God as Creator in the book of Genesis.
At the very beginning of this message I share an update on a tragic situation within our church and lead in prayer related to this situation. The message from Genesis 1 begins right after that.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
An Introduction to Genesis
The name of the book of Genesis
The structure of Genesis
Questions raised by Genesis
Our focus in this series
Genesis as a Revelation of the Kingly Power of God
God’s power to create
God’s power to rule over creation
Genesis as a Revelation of the Creative Craftsmanship of God
God’s powerful creativity and the creation from nothing (ex nihilo)
God’s manifold creativity seen in the variety of creation
Genesis as a Revelation of the Triune God
The Father, the Eternal Word, and the Breath of God (1:1-3)The plurality within the One God (1:26)
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Genesis 1:1
- Consider going outside this week to explore God’s creation. Even in this cold time of the year, the world is full of wonders. Notice things and give God thanks for them.
- Watch the Bible Project’s video, “Genesis 1”
- Read Tremper Longman’s book How to Read Genesis
- Listen to all or part of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation