By Mark A. Finley
Genesis, the Bible’s ﬁrst book, reveals timeless truths for each successive generation. Genesis was written by Moses during his wilderness wanderings, about 1,500 years before the time of Christ. The topics it addresses speak to our hearts in the twenty-ﬁrst century.
In the next 12 lessons we will study together life-changing principles from Genesis. Although we will begin each study with the Bible’s ﬁrst book, we will journey through the Bible, following Scripture’s pathway begun in Genesis. In each lesson we will not only discover truth, but understand how that particular truth relates to our personal lives. The purpose of Bible study is not merely to ﬁll our minds with facts; it is to change our hearts.
Let’s begin our journey together.
1. What is the very ﬁrst act of God recorded in the Bible?
He _____________________________________________________the heavens and the earth.
Creation is a vitally important Bible truth. The very ﬁrst verse of the very ﬁrst book of the Bible declares that God is the Creator. If God did not create the world, as this verse says He did, the whole Bible is brought into question.
Read through Genesis 1 and count the number of times it uses the expressions “God said,” “God
made,” “God created.” Write your answer._______________________________________
2.After creating the world and everything in it, how did God complete His work of Creation?
Creation speaks of our worth in God’s sight. Since He created us, we are valuable. According to Psalm 33:15, God fashioned us individually. Whatever the circumstances of our lives, we are special to God. The One who created us will never forget us.
3. How did God create this earth?
“By the __________________________________________of the Lord were the heavens made.”
God’s word is powerful, so powerful that when He speaks, worlds come into existence. If His spoken word is so powerful, think of the life-changing power in His written Word as we study its teachings.
God made the things which are ________________not from things which are _____________.
5.What does Creation tell us about the character and nature of God? Read the Bible passage below and list all the things it says about God:
6. What is the basis of all true worship?
God is worthy of our worship because He _____________________________________all things.
7. Why does our understanding of Creation give us hope regarding the future?
Since God created this world in the beginning, we can rejoice that one day He will____________
new ______________________________and a new _______________________________.
The Bible truth of Creation is ﬁlled with hope. God made us. God cares for us. One day He will create new heavens and a new earth where righteousness will reign forever. This earth will be restored to its original splendor, and we will live with Him forever. This is something to rejoice about today.