Beginnings

A study of the Gospel of John and the creation narrative of Genesis, which go hand in hand to reveal the purpose of God's plan for humanity. Consider it a preview of the overall story of the Bible.

All Gatherings from the Beginnings Series

S2: Optional Reading Plan: "Beginnings"

In this study series, "Beginnings" we will review the entire Gospel of John and the first part of the Book of Genesis. If you are interested in keeping up with the daily readings, which is totally optional, this is a suggested daily reading plan....

S2E1: In the Beginning (Oct. 2) ✅

In the beginning was God... and then God created everything out of nothing. This is how the epic origin of the universe begins. We begin this study of the Bible at the beginning, with the Gospel of John to set the context for the creation narrative of Genesis, which comes next. Are you ready?!...

S2E2: Miracles and Festivals (Oct. 9) ✅

Jesus' ministry was filled with miraculous signs and interpretive explanations of the ancient festivals of Israel. He made the Jewish rituals meaningful for the contemporary people of His time, and equally understandable for us today!...

S2E3: Resurrection Life (Oct. 16) ✅

Jesus told His disciples, "I am the resurrection and the life" as he performed the miraculous sign of resurrection to demonstrate His power over death. This is one of seven "I Am" statements in the Gospel of John that further reinforces who Jesus is and the promise we have in following Him....

S2E4: Final Instructions (Oct. 23) ✅

Best known as the place of the Last Supper, the Upper Room is also the place of Jesus' most emphatic teaching and final instructions to His disciples. It's here, during the Passover meal, that He reiterates and reinforces the "Great Commandment" of Love and how to put it into practice....

S2E5: It is Finished! (Oct. 30) ✅

Nearly half of the book of John (chapters 12 – 21) is devoted to the last week of Jesus’ life. This week is marked by betrayal, pain, anguish, suffering and death. With such depressing content, how can we possibly consider it "good news"?...

S2E6: Creation and the Image of God (Nov. 6) ✅

Genesis is a central text for the ongoing cultural debate over the origins of the universe and humanity. The debate is typically framed as a simple dichotomy of creation versus evolution, but there is much more variety within both camps....

S2E7: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Nov. 13) ✅

In the Garden we meet the serpent (Satan) who lures the first woman into disobeying God’s command, and her partner, Adam, is quick to follow. The consequences are dire, but quickly following God's judgment is God's grace....

S2E8: Reboot (Nov. 20)

Humanity 2.0? The flood story is almost universally familiar: God commands Noah to build a giant ship and take his family and a bunch of animals onboard. Then God sends rain to flood the earth and reboot humanity! What's that all about?...