Genesis Guide

This reading guide was created in the Spring of 2023 for our preaching series, Beginnings, in chapters 1-11 of Genesis.

These chapters not only introduce the Bible, they’re foundational to our understanding of God, ourselves, and the world as we know it. They reveal the goodness of God’s design and decrees, the glory and sin of humanity, and the only hope for a fallen world. They also establish bedrock principles for how we should understand things like work, rest, community, marriage, temptation, ambition, and so much more. Most importantly, these eleven chapters set the stage for the story of the whole world: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Recreation.

It’s ultimately a story of grace. The God who graciously created all things also graciously provides a way of redemption for all things.  

We have divided these chapters into seven weeks, which represent different sections/movements of the narrative story. For each week, we have given you four days (or touch points) of guided content. The first day is geared towards helping you read and make observations of the text. The next three days are about helping you study and reflect on the passage in a personal way. Go through things at your own pace—the purpose is to think deeply about the scriptures and to take them in.  

We look forward to going back to the beginning of the story with you. This section of scripture will give us greater assurance about our origins, greater confidence in our purpose, greater clarity about the direction of history, and greater hope in Christ (the true Hero of the story). We pray that this guide helps you meditate on the Word of God this summer and that the story of Genesis would be read/seen in a fresh way.

Gospel Centered Parenting

Gospel centered parenting is filled with complexities, mysteries, and endless situations that call for practical advice. As parents, we often get so bogged down in questions of what to do that we lose sight of why we’re doing what we do and how we should do it. My aim here is to take a big picture view of parenting. I will not answer all the questions, but I want to offer a way of thinking about parenting that will help with specific difficulties. The big picture of parenting is the big picture of the Bible because parenting is a depiction of the gospel. Consider the language Scripture uses to describe our relationship to God: Conversion is called being “born again” (John 3:3); our salvation is called an “inheritance” (1 Pet. 1:3-4); God disciplines those He loves (Prov. 3:11-12); we are called “children of God” (John 1:12, 3:1). Our father/child relationship to God is so significant that Sinclair Ferguson says, “This is the fundamental way for the Christian to think about himself: ‘I am a child of God and his people are my brothers and sisters.’” Parenting is a picture of the gospel: to us, to our kids, and to the world around us.

This article answers questions like:

  • What is the goal of parenting?
  • How does the gospel give us a framework for parenting?
  • The difference between functional and formative parenting

If you are a parent with young children, we invite you to read through this article as a way of better understanding how the gospel of Jesus applies to this important area of life.