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  • Posted By: markjo
  • Date Posted: 06/21/2011
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Genesis

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Genesis

Bible Passages: Genesis Chapter I – 25 & Job


i. KNOWING GOD vs KNOWING ABOUT GOD
The purpose of us reading through the Bible in a year is not primarily to improve your bible knowledge but to get to know God more and to understand his ways as He has acted in human history. The Bible is not fundamentally a book of doctrine because God has chosen to reveal himself through what he has done in history – how He has tangibly and dynamically broken into people’s lives and not through dictating a theoretical book about the concepts about Himself. The uniqueness of Christianity does not lie in us believing in an all knowing, all powerful and ever present God but that this same invisible God has chosen to make Himself know through being lovingly, tangibly and manifestly involved in our lives. This is in order for us to enter into a chosen, loving relationship with Him, The very purpose for which we were created (see Genesis I & 2).


ii. PEOPLE OFTHE SPIRIT vs PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
Therefore we are to be people of the Spirit first and foremost rather than people of the book. The truth of Christianity is not found by dissecting “The Book of Truth”, but by encountering “The Person who is The Truth, Jesus Christ”. Our boast is not that we have a better book but that we can live in relationship with the author, the Holy Spirit.


The purpose then of reading through the whole Bible is to get to know and understand how God has lived with His people in the past so that we can walk more closely and faithfully with him now; to know the plot of God’s story and so faithfully improvise with the Holy Spirit as we fill out ...

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