Journey Through the Story of God

As we journey together on this 31 week series through The Story, this page is intended to be a resource site where you can revisit past weeks topics, watch related videos, and stay up to date on where we are at in the Story. Check back here every Monday to see the scripture readings that coincide with the chapter. Finally, if you want a calendar of the topics, click here.


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Chapter 1 - Creation

Chapter 1 of The Story (Genesis ch. 1-11) focuses on the beginning of all things. This is the foundation of our entire existence. There is a good, benevolent and loving Creator who made all things out of sheer joy. He is the cause, the source of light, of an ever expanding universe, and planet earth where he put humans so that they might be in relationship with him, reflect his goodness toward one another, and the rest of creation. God made us creatures of free-will, able to choose between love or rejection of God's ideal. Sin entered the world and plagues the human heart to this day as we choose to be our own gods. Through sin, fellowship with God is disrupted and our relationships with our neighbors and creation around us is strained. Our hearts need to be rescued and renewed from sin and death, thus begins the story of God's rescue to win back our hearts.


The subject of creation is one that spurs on debate within the Christian community, specifically about how old the earth is. Is the creation story in Genesis to be taken literally or is it to be read more poetic and thus gives room to the possibility of an older earth? One of the slogans that we live by at Bastrop Christian is, "In opinions, liberty. In essentials, unity. In all things, love." It is possible to get so enamored in the HOW of creation, that we miss the WHO. For those who wish to dive into this a bit deeper, here are some resources for further study. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or if you would like to discuss thoughts on creation.

* Answers in Genesis

* BioLogos


Check out these fantastic videos from The Bible Project to aid in your understanding of the book of Genesis.





 

Chapter 2 - A New Nation

Chapter 2 (Genesis ch. 12-36) begins as the world is increasingly becoming populated. God's desire to be in relationship with humanity must start somewhere, thus he sets out to create for himself a new nation that would be a blessing to all other nations of the earth. The primary characters, are the heavy-hitters, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God makes a promise to them, or in other words, make a covenant with them (see the video below), that from their family line would come a great nation, with descendants as numerous as the sand on the seashore or the stars in the sky. This new nation was created for more than just being another tribe amongst the other tribes of the world. Their formation would be the vehicle through God would ultimately save the world. Stay tuned, to find out how!

Check out these fantastic videos from The Bible Project to aid in your understanding of the book of Genesis.



Chapter 3 - Joseph: From slave to deputy Pharoah

     We are in the beginning stages of the formation of the Nation of Israel. Abraham and Isaac are gone, Jacob is elderly and gets a taste of his own deceiving-medicine. His sons deceive him by selling their little brother Joseph into slavery in Egypt and make him think he is dead by putting animal blood on Joseph's multi-colored coat. Joseph is only 17 years old when he is betrayed by his own flesh and blood, nevertheless God is with Joseph. 

     It's an up and down journey for Joseph as he goes from slave to head of Potiphar's household, to the dungeon and then 2nd in command of all Egypt. The story ends with a chance for Joseph to get revenge on his brothers, but instead he chooses the route of forgiveness because he understands that what has happened to him, even though intended for evil, God was able to turn around and use for good. Through Joseph's suffering, God will save an entire nation by bringing them to Egypt in the middle of a severe famine where they will thrive and grow into great numbers. But the story will take a turn this happily ever after. Stay tuned!



Chapter 4 - Deliverance

Sunday September 24, 2017

Read Chapter 4 of the Story

Bible References: Exodus ch. 1-7; 10-17

Check out these fantastic videos from The Bible Project to aid in your understanding of the book of Genesis.


Check out this documentary that examines evidence for the Israelite exodus out of Egypt. 


Chapter 5 - New Commands and a New Covenant

Sunday October 1, 2017

Read chapter 5 of the The Story

Bible References: Exodus ch. 19-20; 24-25; 32-34; 40





Chapter 6 - Wandering

Sunday October 8, 2017

Read chapter 6 of The Story

Bible References: Numbers ch. 10-14; 20-21; 25; 27; Deuteronomy ch. 1-2; 4; 6; 8-9; 29-34

Chapter 7 - The Battle Begins

Sunday October 15, 2017

Read chapter 7 in The Story

Bible References: Joshua chapters 1-2; 6; 8; 10-11; 23-24