Thoughts About What We’re Reading…

So…  why Genesis?

Dr. D. A. Carson, in his book The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism argues that, in order to be effective witnesses to Christ in our age, we will have to go back to the Bible and learn to present our case as the Bible itself does.

With that thought in mind, we begin with the doctrine of God as Creator, who He is and what He has done. We help people to understand how human beings are created in God’s image and are therefore responsible to God for what they do.

We describe how we have fallen from that high calling and intent, and how we now need someone to rescue us from ruin.

We must trace the narrative line of the Bible, through Abraham, Moses, David, and the other great Old Testament figures up to the climactic appearance and work of Jesus Christ.

Carson points out that our world is as spiritually ignorant and pagan as the world into which the gospel of God’s grace, both in its Old Testament and New Testament forms, first came.

So… follow me and many others as we explore these great themes through Genesis. I challenge you to hang in there and do the reading, listen to the Sermon series, review the discussion questions and read through Genesis in awe of our mighty God and the people He called to be His own.

In the next couple of days, I will post a few thoughts on the story of Abraham and highlight portions of the story that might help you to dig deeper.

Until then…

Jim

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