8/25/2015

Genesis: A Few Key Doctrines

Consider the following statements below and what they mean to you, your life and your community.

The Creation (Genesis 1-2): Do you honor God as your Creator (Ps 33:6)?
  • God is the Creator (Gen 1:1).
  • God created man in his image (Gen 1:27).
  • God planted a paradise for man (Gen 2:8-9).
  • God gave man work to do (Gen 1:28; 2:15).
  • God gave man freedom and a command (Gen 2:16-27).
  • God saw that being alone is not good and gave the man a family (Gen 2:18ff).
The Fall (Genesis 3): Do you understand what it means that human beings are fallen creatures (Jer 17:9)?
  • The temptation to be like God and to take control of your own life and the lives of others (Gen 3:5).
  • The promise of One who would crush Satan's head (Gen 3:15).
  • The curse of labor pains and the desire for a husband (Gen 3:16).
  • The curse of toiling and worrying all the days of your life (Gen 3:17-19).
The Call (Genesis 12): Have you personally heard "the call"? Seen the Lord (Isa 6:1, 5, 8)?
  • God gave Abraham a command and a promise (Gen 12:1-3).
The Covenant (Genesis 15): Do you know what it means to live by faith (Hab 2:4; Rom 1:17)?
  • The basis of righteousness is faith (Gen 15:6).
  • It is God who initiates a covenant with man as the recipient of the covenant (Gen 15:18).
Circumcision (Genesis 17): Is your heart circumcised by God (Dt 30:6; Rom 2:28-29)?
  • Coram Deo ("in the presence of God"): God requires that we live before God faithfully and blamelessly (Gen 17:1).
The Provision (Genesis 22): Do you see your life as God's gracious gift (Rom 6:23b; Jas 1:17)?
  • The Lord provides (Gen 22:8, 14).
The Stairway (Genesis 28): Are you on the stairway to heaven (Jn 1:51)?
  • Jacob saw a stairway to heaven (Gen 28:12-13)?
The Wrestling Match (Genesis 32): Have you been transformed after wrestling all night with God (Ps 51:10; 2 Cor 3:18)?
  • Jacob wrestled with a man all night until his inner person was supernaturally transformed (Gen 32:24, 28).
 The Adversity (Genesis 37-39): What life changing major adversity have you encountered in your life (Rom 5:3-5; Jas 1:2-4)?
  • Joseph was thrown into the pit of darkness (Gen 37:24).
  • In the worst of times Joseph prospered (Gen 39:2, 23).
 The Providence of God (Genesis 50): Have you genuinely experienced Romans 8:28 in your life?
  • Despite man's deliberate intention to hurt him, Joseph experienced God's intention to bless him (Gen 50:20).