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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan 5 - Genesis 1

We're going to read the New Testament books on weekdays, and the Old Testament books on weekends. Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage. 

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The Bible begins with "In the beginning God..." God is the beginning. He is also the end, and He fills up the middle. We learn in this chapter that He is the Creator.
  • Once God creates the earth, plants, and animals, He gets to the pinnacle of His creative genius when He creates people.
  • We also read that God created human beings in his “image.”

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?
  • God was here before everything we know. If God is the beginning, and He is the end, and He fills up the middle then He is the point of it all. He should be the central priority in our lives.
  • Think about this:  God didn't need to create people; He created us because He wanted to. He created us in love, and for love. The purpose of your life is to have a relationship with your creator.
  • What does it mean that we were created in God’s image? We’re not completely sure but scholars believe that maybe it’s we are the only ones who have a soul (a part of us that lives on after our bodies are gone). Whatever it means, we know it means he created us unique above everything else he created. It shows that we’re special to God. He values us over everything else he made.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • If God created us to have relationship with Him then the purpose of your life is to have a relationship with Him. How should that change the way you look at and live your life? What should you do different today because of this?
  • Think about this: God only created people in His image. You were made in the image of God! That means there is something amazing about you. We may have dirtied the image of God in us through bad decisions we’ve made but we still bear the image of God. And with God's help the image of God can be restored in you, and you can become the person you were always meant to be. What can you do to partner with God in that process? When will you start?