Genesis | LISTEN UP! Bible Study series (Copeland, Layzer, and Rardin)
Part 1: Chapters 1-11 by Judith Copeland
Part 2: Chapters 12-32 by Kate Layzer
Part 3: Chapters 37-47 by Jed Rardin
What's a LISTEN UP! Bible Study, and why is it unique?
God's word is alive. God will always have something new to say to us. That's why the purpose of the LISTEN UP! Bible Study series is not simply learning information about the Bible. It is hearing God speak. There is a difference. In these Bible studies, you will be encouraged to listen: listen to the Bible, listen to your own questions and responses, and listen to the honest sharing among participants in your study group. Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, we believe that in that mix of biblical text, personal engagement, and honest speaking and listening, God's word may be heard, speaking words of challenge and words of comfort.
Genesis Parts 1, 2, and 3 LISTEN UP Bible Studies
Many readers of the Bible start at the very beginning, which means we begin with Genesis. Even when we drop out of our Bible-in-a-Year reading marathons early, most of us make it through the book of Genesis. These stories remain the best known, and in some cases, the best-loved stories in all of scripture.
From the first light of Creation to the launching of the Ark, the stories of Genesis are unforgettable. But they're also more than stories - they're theological reflections of a high order, challenging us to grapple with fundamental questions about God and humankind:
Why are we here?
What does God want with us?
What does it mean to be faithful in a world where God often seems hidden?
Quaint and remote as these ancient narratives can seem, the issues they raise are as compelling as ever. To take Genesis seriously is to confront a God who demands our very lives, and is waiting to see what we will do.
Leader's Guide included in each workbook.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Judith Copeland is Pastor of The First Congregational Church of Hancock, United Church of Christ, in Hancock, New Hampshire.
Kate Layzer is a United Church of Christ pastor focusing on ministry with the homeless community of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a writer, hymn writer, meditation leader, and longtime member of First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, United Church of Christ.
Jed Rardin is Senior Pastor of South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Concord, New Hampshire.
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