Imagine you are reading the book of Genesis for the first time. You’re discovering nothing but the printed words of that first book of the Bible. No Law, prophets, judges, kings, and no New Testament, where we meet Jesus Christ, our Redeemer (I love that He calls us “friends.” (John 15:15)
I’ve been a Christian for almost 18 years. That’s a lot of Bible reading and study, and by now I have a pretty good (but not perfect) handle on the themes and stories of each of the 66 books. I came to faith through reading the Left Behind series (by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins), so knowing the end of the story as depicted in Revelation holds endless fascination for me. It’s hard not to bring those truths to mind while reading Genesis.
But that’s what our small group is currently doing. Our church has what we call Missional Communities (MC), small groups that meet weekly for fellowship and Bible study. I belong to an MC that will form a new church plant in Kent, Ohio. Yeah, it’s exciting.
For a month, our MC has changed the parameters of our study by going through Genesis as though for the first time.
We read small portions out loud, and then our pastor, Brittian (B) asks questions about what we see in the text and what we learn about God. To be a good teacher, you have to ask good questions. B asks excellent questions–questions that make us all think and look at Genesis with searching eyes. The things I thought I understood look pretty new to me right now. I love this. I love how God is stretching each of us as we take a bold, fresh look at, “In the beginning…”
Will you try it, too? I’m just wondering how it will look to you. Let me know.