Abram is promised Land, a great nation, and worldwide blessing through him. Abram then enters into covenant with God by walking between the halves of animals to illustrate the gravity of the oath. As soon as Abram has covenanted himself with God he decides to use his own powers to try to achieve what God wishes, instead of relying completely upon God. Thus he, with Hagar his servant have a child named Ishmael. God still honors his blessing but still desires Abram to have a child with Sarai. As a result the oath sign of this covenant is circumcision which illustrates God's faithfulness despite the failures of Abram or his descendants.
Please read for next week: Genesis 18-20 Next Gathering: August 8th
The tower of Babel is the place in which society has it's first failure. We know that Adam and Eve sinned. We know that Noah's son Ham sinned. But now at the Tower of Babel various groups of people sinned collectively and were punished with division and confusion. Following this event we find again, someone who is faithful to God in the midst of a sinful world; Abram. Eventually this leads to the promise of land, descendants, and worldwide blessing.
Please read for next week: Genesis 15-17 Next Gathering: July 25th
Noah and his family who is obedient to God, build an ark as commanded. After filling the ark with two of every kind of animal the floods begin. At the end of 40 days the waters subside and the drift to the top of a mountain. After all the waters subside Noah leaves the ark offering sacrifice in thanksgiving to God, enters into covenant with God, and God shines forth the covenant sign which is the rainbow. The rainbow is a sign of God's suffering and death which will now be necessary as a result of sin as God refuses in oath to mete out punishment for sin on the world.
Please read for next week: Genesis 11-14 Next Gathering: Thursday, July 18th
Cain kills Abel and further disorder enters into the human condition. After the first sin of Adam and Eve we see all kinds of curses be enacted which influence this disaster with Cain and Abel. Find out more about the pervasiveness of sin in this situation and the solution in our times.
Please read for next week: Genesis 6-10 Next gathering: Thursday July 11th
Genesis 1-3 Part Two
This week our focus on Genesis turns to take a look at essential parts of the Garden of Eden and the relationship between Adam, Eve, and God. Not to mention the implications of Adam and Eve's fall from grace and doubting of God's word. This sets up a string of events throughout salvation history culminating in God sending his only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
Please Read for Next Week: Genesis 4-6 Next Gathering: Thursday, June 27th
Genesis 1-3 Part One
We are going to be spending these two weeks on this first part of Genesis because there is a lot to take in. This week we focus on Covenant, and how we know for sure that God is in a Covenant with Adam and Eve. There are a number of reasons outlined in the video, beginning with the most prevalent: Adam is an adopted son of God. Remember Covenant = kinship by oath. Adam is certainly made a part of God's family in this first part of Genesis by nature of how he is made. He is created by the dust, so he is a creature; and he is made in God's likeness and image, which denotes sonship.
Please Read for Next Week: Genesis 1-3 Next Gathering: Thursday, June 20th
Introduction to Genesis
This week we dipped our toe into Genesis to get things rolling. As in the past, we are keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus and how the Old Testament relates directly to him. Also, COVENANTS! Covenants are oaths of kinship and there are 7 big ones between God and humans throughout the Bible. The key to understanding the narrative of the Bible is through the Covenants which begins with Adam.
Please Read for Next Week: Genesis 1-3 Next Gathering: Thursday, June 13th at the Parish Office
This Summer, we are making our way through Genesis!
We will be going on a spiritual adventure through the Book of Genesis this Summer, lead by Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry Trevor Pullinger
Meeting weekly Thursdays @ 5:30 PM beginning June 6th at the Parish Office
Open to all experience levels // welcoming those in high school through those enjoying retirement
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