Purpose of this Session
The ‘Beginnings in Genesis’ Module focuses entirely upon the foundational streams that find their Source in the early chapters of the first book in the Bible. These few chapters form the basis for all subsequent Biblical history.
This section of teachings intertwines the Biblical overview stream of the course and the doctrinal and historical elements. The reason for this is that Genesis provides us with the foundations from which a proper understanding of most Bible doctrines stems. As a book, and particularly the early chapters, it is like the fountainhead from which all the differing streams of thought and doctrine flow, and as such, provides the Bible student with the seeds of revelation that make sense of all other doctrines as they develop.
For example, the work of the atonement makes no sense apart from an understanding of man’s original estate before God, and the entrance of sin into humanity as recorded in Genesis 3. Also, the plan of redemption makes no sense within an evolutionary framework of thinking. A proper creation model of beginnings is the only sensible context for the development of the rest of the Biblical story and doctrine.
As such, it is important for the serious student to have a reasonable grasp of some of these early concepts, and of the basic scientific teachings presented by the Bible regarding origins, our ancestry, geology and cosmology, as these will ultimately supply the stage upon which the great Biblical characters play out their part in this awesome chronicle of redemption and restoration.
The early chapters of Genesis provide for us a well-spring for all that follows, but five in particular stand out. As with all truth, especially truth that touches on the wilfulness of man, all have been hotbeds of debate and denial.
Nevertheless, Genesis remains the ONLY reliable document through which we can learn about origins. God, and God alone, was present to witness many of the causes and events described, and in this historical account the Holy Spirit shares those events with us exactly as they occurred.
1. The Creation and origins – How did it all begin? How old is the earth? Is evolution scientific?
2. The Doctrine of man – How, when and why did mankind begin?
3. The Doctrine of sin – Making sense of a world gone wrong.
4. Noah’s Flood – the catastrophic model which answers many scientific questions about our past, and speaks prophetically of our future.
5. Babel and the Nations – Where did the nations come from, what about skin colour and language?