Corrections & Updates to BSF’s Study of Genesis 2020

Hey all!

Some corrections I keep getting emails about:

  1. The answers are NOT available in a PDF format. I apologize for that error on my part. They will be posted starting tomorrow for BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 1, Day 2: Genesis 1:1-2  You can subscribe to my blog, or follow along each day/week by visiting me at http://www.atozmomm.com
  2. I have responded to all emails. If you’ve emailed me and I’ve missed it, please email me today if possible. During the week, I am squeezed for time and find it hard to answer.
  3. Online sign ups for BSF’s Study of Genesis are here: https://www.bsfonline.org/  You simply choose a group and join! It’s really that simple. I am unsure when you will have the notes/questions online as that is up to the group leaders. You can choose groups based off gender, age, and interests.
  4. Email me with questions either via my contact form or at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com
  5. THE ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED HERE!

Hope that clears up any confusion! Can’t wait for the Lessons! Have a happy beginning of September!

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BSF’s Posting Schedule for Book of Genesis

Hey all!

I just wanted to communicate my posting schedule for you all!

You will see in the sidebar that there are two categories for the book of Genesis. This is because this will be my second time through the study. I will leave up my old notes and questions for anyone who wants to compare. Thus, be sure you click on: BSF GENESIS 2020/2021 for this year’s answers.

That being said, with so many of us online now, I know many of you have already begun the study. In an effort to accommodate you all, I will begin posting my answers on August 31st for Lesson 1 of BSF’s study of Genesis. If you haven’t started yet, no worries! They will all be archived on this site. You can simply scroll down my home page, or click the sidebar to find all of the lessons.

Feel free to always add your thoughts on the lesson in the comments for all to view, or email me via my contact form. I will respond as soon as I can. My life is busier these days, so I’m not online as much as I used to be.

Let’s all grow with God this season of our lives!

God bless, and can’t wait!

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Start Dates For BSF’s Study of the Book of Genesis Fall 2020

Hey all!

It’s a tradition! Please let others know in the comments below when your BSF class begins, where, and if it is via Zoom or if you will be meeting online to start the study of Genesis.

Time is getting near!

God bless, and looking forward to it!

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Tips For BSF Classes Using Zoom

For most of us, Zoom is not our preferred way of meeting for bible study. However, at this point, it’s better than not meeting at all. Thus, rather than complain about the lack of humanness to it all, I thought I’d offer up tips for you all. Feel free to contact me with questions!

TIPS FOR BSF CLASSES MEETING VIA ZOOM

  • Sometimes you should just sit back and listen. Zoom meetings can get congested, especially when it’s hard to tell who’s talking. Sometimes it’s best to just sit back and let others tell their answers.
  • You can hide your face. Many people are self-conscious seeing themselves on the screen. Feel free to hide your face during meetings.
  • Mute yourself when you’re not speaking, especially if you have your kids running around, your dogs are barking, or your teenagers are having a spat in the other room. Not only will you not embarrass yourself this way, but everyone will be able to hear better.
  • Use two screens. I used this tip myself. I have my answers pulled up on one screen, another tab open to the Bible passage, and another tab to Google cool quotes from the Bible I couldn’t quite remember. Then my Zoom meeting was pulled up on my other screen. This enabled a deeper (and an easier) learning for me.
  • Use the chat features to throw in Bible quotes without interrupting.
  • Have fun with it!

While most of us don’t particularly like Zoom, having Bible study over Zoom is better than none at all. Make Zoom your friend, and you’ll learn a lot more about God. Contact me with questions!

 

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Introduction to the Book of Genesis

AUTHOR: While many point to Moses as the author of Genesis, many scholars debate this and wonder if it was a compilation of authors.

TIME PERIOD: The wilderness wanderings date back to late in the 15th century or early in the 13th century BC.

PURPOSE: To provide a detailed record from the time of creation to God’s preservation of Joseph. In-between, we see God chosing Abram (or Abraham) to be the patriarch of His people, adn we learn about his descendents. We are also taught the foundational truths that the Bible is built upon.

THREE PARTS TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS

  1. Genesis 1-11: Creation to the death of Terah, the father of Abraham
  2. Genesis 12-36: History of the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
  3. Genesis 37-50: History of Joseph

Genesis is a book of beginnings. Resolve today to turn the page and open a new beginning in some aspect of your life, whether it’s a new leaf in a relationship or finding God’s purpose for your life. We are created to know Him. Spend these days knowing God from the beginning, and share your knowledge and thoughts here. May God be with you and teach you throughout the upcoming year.

Thus, we begin with hope and love, then disaster strikes and sin is brought into the world. Then God chose a man to redeem humanity through His Son.

People We’ll Meet in Genesis

  • Adam and Eve
  • Abraham
  • Sarah
  • Jacob
  • Esau
  • Cain and Abel
  • Lot
  • Isaac
  • Laban
  • Joseph
  • Noah
  • Ishmael
  • Rebekah
  • Rachel

God picks you up right where you are at and carries you forward. Where is He doing this for you today?

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Summary of the Book of Genesis

The book of Genesis is the story of beginnings: the beginning of the world, the beginning of man, the beginning of God’s plan for man, and the beginning of God’s people through His calling of Abraham.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” is probably the most famous sentence in all of literature. Genesis is a book of stories, and like people themselves, it’s full of drama, from a father told to murder his son to a brother being through down a well by his own brothers. It’s the first book of the Torah, which is the foundation of the Old Testament. It’s full of the story of Israel, and a great tale it is.

The Second Longest Book in the Bible

Being the second longest book in the Bible, there is a lot in here. Who we will meet:

  1. God (Yahweh) — the creator of the heavens and the earth. Humans rebel against God, which ushers sin into the world, which is man’s downfall to this day.
  2. Abraham (Abram) — God’s chosen patriarch of His people. He is called out of Canaan by God, beginning the story of God’s people.
  3. Jacob (Israel) — Jacob receives the blessing of his father, Isaac, and founds the 12 Tribes of Israel through his sons.
  4. Joseph — Jacob’s favorite son who is sold into slavery, but God uses this to save His people when famine strikes.

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Genesis — A Prologue

Genesis is a long prologue to the rest of the books of the Torah (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), which reveals God’s promises to His people. God establishes His covenant (a fancy word for promise) with Abraham that he will be a father of nations. God blesses Abraham and promises him the land of Canaan to establish this nation upon.

The book of Genesis ends with hope, with God’s people as guests of Egypt. However, the next book in the Bible, Exodus, God’s people have been enslaved.

Themes of Genesis

  • God’s authority. God is sovereign over all things, and what He says is law.
  • Man’s rebellion. With Adam and Eve disobeying God, evil and sin has been introduced to the world, and man rebels against God.
  • God’s judgement. God punishes justly for being disobeyed.
  • God’s preservation of life. God saves Noah and preserves Joseph. God’s will, once again, is sovereign.
  • Atonement. Blood must be used to atone for sin until Jesus arrives. At this time, Jesus’s coming is a long ways away.
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How to Study the Book of Genesis

Some of you may not be all that thrilled about studying the book of Genesis again. However, it has been 7 years, so it’s time for a review.

I hear all the time that no one wants to study the book of Genesis because the stories are SO familiar. Even non-Christians know the story of Noah and the Ark, the story of God calling Abraham our of Ur to the Promised Land, the story of Joseph who got throw down a well and left to die, the story of Cain killing his brother, Able, and the list goes on and on.

However, in this day and time, in the midst of COVID-19, we all need a new beginning.

Back at the beginning of this year when we made our resolutions, no one could have predicted the predicament we are in. Most all of your plans were ruined. Thus, as the COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, it’s time for a mid-year new beginning. And what better place to make your new beginning than where God made His?

Enter this study with an open mind and an open heart, and let God do the rest.

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BSF Notes & Questions for BSF’s Study of Genesis

Hey all!

A BSF leader has shared with me a document that contains all of the notes and questions for the entire study of Genesis. As it is impossible to know who is actually in the study and who is not, I will not share it here. Obviously, this document will get out since you can share it with whoever you want and will probably circulate around the internet. BSF has most definitely loosened their control over their documents; however, all questions and notes are still copyrighted by BSF, meaning you cannot reproduce them without permission.

I am not a teaching leader; only an attendee. If I get permission to share, I will. If you would like to email me, I can share on a case by case basis.

If you ask your teaching leader, I’m sure they will share this with you as it is meant for you to print out so you have access without having to use the Internet. Since BSF notes and questions are still only meant for attendees, I am honoring that wish.

MY ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED AS WE DO THE LESSONS!

God bless, and I can’t wait for this study of Genesis with you all!