The Story:
Discussing Chapter 1

by Living Springs Community Church on November 1, 2015

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 1: The beginning of life as we know it

Based on Genesis chapters 1–4 and 6–9:

  • Creation
  • Noah and the Flood
  • Abram’s birth

Breaking the ice

What kinds of things do you like to create? Baked goods? Poetry? Well-organized events? Efficient engines? Furniture? How comfortable are you thinking of yourself as creative?

Digging in

The first few chapters of the Bible describe the beginning of everything we know—skies, earth, water, animals, vegetation, people, time, work, and relationships. How is the Bible’s account the same as or different from other explanations you’ve heard?

Reflecting

  1. What do you think it means to be made in God’s image (pages 2–3)?
  2. What do we learn about work from this chapter?
  3. After many of the major events in the creation story, the Bible tells us that “God saw that it was good.” But there is one time when He says, “It is not good….” (page 4). What does this tell you about God’s intentions for people and relationships?
  4. What do you like about the story of the flood? What do you dislike about it?
  5. After the flood receded, God made a promise to Noah. Has God ever made a promise to you?

Praying

Spend a few minutes talking to God about something you learned from chapter 1.

 

For next week…

Chapter 2: God builds a nation

Based on these chapters from Genesis: 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 32, 33, 35; as well as Romans 4 and Hebrews 11

  • Abram moves to Canaan
  • Isaac is born
  • Isaac becomes a sacrifice
  • Rebekah gives birth to Jacob and Esau
  • Abraham dies
  • Rachel gives birth to Joseph
  • Isaac dies
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