Pastor Dan Wolf starts a 31 week series entitled The Story, which presents scripture in a new way, in sequential order.
We begin with Genesis. In the beginning, God created.... This is the foundation of the entire story. But some Christians use the first two chapters of Genesis as a test; did Adam walk with the dinosaurs, how old is the Earth on the basis of Genesis. Genesis doesn't have to be stumbling. Our stumbling block is Jesus Christ, before whom we must each kneel before we may be saved. We should approach the beginning of the story as we approach the rest, in context. Jesus Christ died to bring unity to the church. Division is against the will of God.
We should ask God, 'What do you want us to see from Genesis?' The word of God is a religion, the word of God is counter-intuitive, 'love your enemies.' It is filled with amazing prophecy, it is from stem to stern the story of Jesus, a love letter from God to us. It is musical. It is creative. It is authoritative.
God made everything in an ordered, purposeful manner. On days 1, 3, and 5, God created places - on days 2, 4, and 6, He filled those places.
What are the appropriate questions to ask of Genesis?
* Who is God?
* Who are we?
Genesis introduces us to God's vision for us, to the devil's vision for us. God wants relationship, oneness, goodness. The devil wants us to think we are just animals, to forget the reign of God. All sin makes us more bestial, less divine, more like the animals. God has a bigger, better story set aside for each of us.
Genesis introduces us to the main characters of the story:
* The lover
* The adversary
* The wicked children
We were made for paradise. We were made for a better place. We have a God who really cares for us. God's ways are better than our ways. The biggest story ever is a love story between you and I. We become part of the story by opening our hearts to God.