In The Beginning

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Study Questions (Daily Reading Plan attached to the right as Notes)

1. Discuss the significance of the fact that God is specifically a good God who created a good creation. For example, how might this impact how we view things like work, art, relationship, nature, culture, etc.

2. What does it mean that human beings, and human beings alone, are made in the image of God? (cf Genesis 1:26-30, 2:7) What effect should this have on how we view and treat other people ex. the opposite gender, the unborn, the elderly, other racial/ethnic groups, the immigrant (documented or undocumented), the poor, the drug addict, the wealthy

3. Why was trust so important in the original relationship between God and man? Do you think the nature of this relationship might help explain how it was that Adam and Eve could be naked and not ashamed (Genesis 2:25)? Why or why not?

4. What happens when we don’t trust God? (Think of how it brings conflict within ourselves, with other people, with God)

5. Explain the promise of God in Genesis 3:15. How does this promise help restore goodness and trust to humanity? What practical effect do you want God’s fulfillment of his promise in Genesis 3:15 to have in your life?

Further Study

1. Read and discuss the following quote:

“You cannot undo the loss of innocence. If you commit a theft, you can return what you have stolen. In that case, however, the stain in your own being cannot be undone. If you commit adultery, you cannot undo it at all. And if you or I defy God, we cannot undo the defiance. It cannot be undone. We cover ourselves in shame. There is no way back to innocence. In the Bible, there is only a way forward – to the cross.” D.A. Carson, The God Who Is There

2. Read Colossians 2:13-15 and Revelation 19:11-21 and 20:7-10 to see how Jesus defeated Satan at the cross and will destroy Satan in the end.