Genesis – God’s Great Purpose #1

Welcome to week 1 of the God’s Great Purpose series. This week we are exploring the book of Genesis. There are a number of different ways we’ve put together to do that, so we hope you find something that helps you.

Introduction to Genesis

Here is a short video we’ve produced to set the scene for Genesis. There will be a similar video each week.

Daily Reading Plan

As well as the main passage from Genesis looked at in the sermon, here are 7 daily readings that together help to give a bigger picture of God’s Great Purpose in the book of Genesis. The dates are suggestions for people following the whole Bible reading plan.

11th Jan  –  Genesis 2 & 3
12th Jan  –  Genesis 9 & 12
13th Jan  –  Genesis 15 & 17
14th Jan  –  Genesis 28:10-22 & 32:22-32
15th Jan  –  Genesis 41 & 45
16th Jan  –  Genesis 46 & 48
17th Jan  –  Genesis 50

You can download the reading plan (including details for other weeks) by clicking here.

Bible meditation

It’s good to read chunks of Scripture, but it’s also good to read small sections and dwell on them, allowing God to speak through them to us. Below is a simple method to use to guid you through a process of meditation, and some suggested verses from Genesis to use. There are no ‘set days’ when we recommend you do this, so please use these as and when you wish.

Follow these simple steps, and use them to reflect on the passage (for a fuller description of the process, click here.) Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the whole process.

Pray, asking God to meet you through His word.
Read, slowly and a few times.
Meditate, turning over what you’ve read in your mind. Are there certain parts that stand out? Dwell on them.
Pray, bringing your reflections before God, asking what it might mean for you.
Listen, giving God a space to bring into focus what He is ministering to you.

 

The passages we sepcially recommend for this are Genesis 15:5-7 and Gensis 22:13-14, but you might like to use other verses too.

Study Notes

If you would like to lead a study based on the book of Genesis, whether that’s as part of a Gold Hill Life Group or in any other way, we’d be delighted to give you some notes to help. You can download them by clicking here.


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