Sermon Bible Study Guides
In the Beginning...
Read Genesis 1:1-25
- What repeated words, phrases, themes do you notice in this passage?
- What happened in the beginning? Who was there already?
- How did God create? (Consider stages, steps, actions God takes)
- What did God do with his creation? What does that reveal about him?
- What was God's creation like? How does that compare with the world we live in?
- What do we learn about God from this passage?
- How should we respond to a God like this?
- What do we learn about God's words?
- How should we respond to them?
- Lastly, read John 1:1-5, how does this passage help us understand Genesis 1:1-25 more fully?
- Are there other passages you can think of that connect Jesus and the creation of the world?
How should we respond to God’s Word?
Read Psalm 119:1-24:
- Who does the psalmist address in the psalm?
- What actions does this portion of Psalm 119 encourage in relation to God’s Word? (discuss all these different actions, what they mean, and how they overlap/differ)
- In light of this passage how should we feel about God’s Word?
- What role does the psalmist have in living according to God’s Word? (what’s our responsibility?)
- What does the psalmist ask God to do? (what’s God’s responsibility?)
- What is the result of faithfully engaging with and keeping God’s Word? What is the result of not doing so?
- How does this psalm change your view of God’s Word/Instructions?
- What if we don’t feel this way about our Bibles? What can we do? How can we encourage one another?
- What have been some tools or disciplines which have helped you engage with God’s Word and see it’s effects in your life?
- What is the purpose of studying God’s Word? What is the desired goal?
- How does this passage fit into the overarching storyline of the Bible and it's message concerning Christ?