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The Story of Creation – Week 6(b) – Genesis 1:26-2:4

Tonight we will be discussing Genesis 1:26-2:3. Within the readings this week we have the creation of human beings in God’s image. As we discuss this section tonight, there are some additional issues to be aware of. Plurality of God The first thing that should jump out at us, is that God’s…

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The Story of Creation – Week 6(a) – Genesis 1:26-2:4

This Tuesday we are gathering to discuss Genesis 1:26-2:4 comprising the remainder of the Sixth Day and the Seventh Day of Creation. The Sixth Day gives us the most profound statement in all Scripture: “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female…

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The Story of Creation – Week 5(b) – Genesis 1:6-25

This evening we will be reading through Genesis 1:6-25.  When we read through these Days of Creation in light of other ancient mythologies, Genesis consistently emphasizes the absolute sovereignty and pre-existence of the one God. For example, in Day Three, God says “Let the earth put forth vegetation.” In other words, the…

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The Story of Creation – Week 5(a) – Genesis 1:6-25

This Tuesday will we be discussing Genesis 1:6-25 which encompasses God’s creation of all those things between light on the First Day and human beings on the Sixth Day. Each of these days of creation follows the same formula: God says, God names, and God calls it “good” (except for Day 2).  As…

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The Story of Creation – Week 4(b) – Genesis 1:3-5

Tonight we will be reading, discussing, and contemplating the First Day of Creation as set forth in Genesis 1:3-5. Within this reading there are three words to focus upon: Said, Light, and Called. What is the power of speech, what do we mean by light, and what does it mean to name…

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The Story of Creation – Week 4(a) – Genesis 1:3-5

This Tuesday, we will be discussing the First Day of Creation in Genesis 1:3-5. “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.” THEODICY – A NEGATION OF EVIL In any religious/philosophical system, the existence of…

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The Story of Creation – Week 3(b) – Genesis 1:1b-2

This evening we will continue our deep dive into Genesis 1 with a discussion of Gen 1:1b-2. Verse two of Genesis says: “The earth was without form and void/ and darkness was upon the face of the deep/ and the Ruach Elohim moved over the face of the waters.” As we read through…

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The Story of Creation – Week 3(a) – Genesis 1:1b-2

This Tuesday, we are continuing with our in-depth contemplation of the first creation story found in Genesis 1:1-2:4. I thought that we had an awesome discussion last week. This Tuesday we will be diving into Genesis 1:1b-2 which concludes the introductory statement to the creation account. HEAVEN AND EARTH As we discussed…

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The Story of Creation – Week 2(b) – Genesis 1:1a

Tonight we are diving into the first three words of Scripture: “Bereshit bara Elohim.” Gen. 1:1a. The definition of epiphany is a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. The purpose of our deep spiritual reading…

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The Story of Creation – Week 2(a) – Genesis 1:1a

Last week we looked at an overview of the first Creation Story in Genesis 1:1-2:4a (the second Creation Story is in Genesis 2:4b-25). I think our discussion was extraordinary. This week we will be looking at the first three words of the Hebrew Scriptures: Bereshit bara Elohim (“In the beginning God created” or literally “In the…

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The Story of Creation – Week 1(b) – Gen. 1:1-2:4

I am very excited to begin our Epiphany study of the first Creation Story in Genesis 1:1-2:4. Tonight, we are going to briefly look at some of the ancient creation mythologies that were current when the Genesis story was written. I have attached a very brief discussion on the similarities and differences between…

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