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Genesis — The Book of Beginnings 2

Several years back, I preached a “Through the Bible” series consisting of one-shot sermons on the books of the Bible. I didn’t hit every book. I covered the Pentateuch plus enough of the other OT books to show the storyline. And in the NT, I only made it to the gospels of Matthew and Mark. This series of posts consists of the congregation outlines I supplied, broken down into bite-sized chunks, with some extra spices thrown in from time to time. If you are looking for the previous post, you can find it here. —Alan Burrow Ch 1-2: Creation — The Kingdom Begun — God’s Giving Love Ch 1: Broad Perspective The opening chapters of Genesis are written so simply...

Genesis — The Book of Beginnings 2
posted on: Sep 16, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

God the Blesser.

After creating, the next thing we see God doing is blessing (Gen 1.22, 28; 2.3.) This, too, is remarkable. The God who has all blessedness in himself blesses that which is outside himself. One would think it is the creature’s duty to bless God, and so it is (Psalm 150.6). But the creature can give nothing to God except if God first gives to the creature. And still God creates and blesses. Thus we see God living out the words Jesus would tell us many years later: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20.35.)  This is not just a nice thought; this is what God did when no one was there to reciprocate. The things...

God the Blesser.
posted on: Mar 27, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

God the Unselfish

The very first thing we see in Genesis is God creating (Gen 1.1-31). This of itself is remarkable. The God who needs nothing creates everything. What does this tell us about God? For one thing, it tells us He is unselfish. People often dream of being wealthy and powerful so they can have everything just the way they want it. And in their perfect, dream world, they are free and unencumbered from the unwanted needs and demands of others. This dream is so popular today that people increasingly choose not to marry or have children because those relationships severely stifle one’s freedom. “Needs and demands — not good!” But we see something very different with God. He creates...

God the Unselfish
posted on: Mar 26, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

The Most Important Theme of the Bible

The opening lines of Genesis are written so simply that it is tempting to jump ahead to when the story starts jumping. But still waters can run deep, and so it is with the opening of the Bible. Much later in the story, when God gives Moses the Ten Commandments, we learn that God stretched out the creation process over six days and then rested on the seventh, so that Man would follow His example (Exo 20.8-11). Why didn’t God just tell us that in Genesis? The answer is God did tell us. He told us by what He did. Everything God does in Genesis 1-2 tells us something, not only about God’s intentions for Man and the...

The Most Important Theme of the Bible
posted on: Mar 20, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Genesis – The Book of Beginnings 1

Several years back, I preached a “Through the Bible” series consisting of one-shot sermons on the books of the Bible. I didn’t hit every book. I covered the Pentateuch plus enough of the other OT books to show the storyline. And in the NT, I only made it to the gospels of Matthew and Mark. This series of posts consists of the congregation outlines I supplied, broken down into bite-sized chunks, with a little extra sugar on top. I hope you enjoy them. -Alan Burrow Genesis: Intro, themes, and overview. Genesis is the book of beginnings, and it lives up to its name. Genesis contains in seed form everything that follows in the Bible. As we consider this...

Genesis – The Book of Beginnings 1
posted on: Oct 18, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow