Genesis: Part 2 {Week 1} The Call of Abraham

Go
Risk
Trust

These words encapsulate the life of Abraham (whose name God changed from Abram), the patriarch of our faith, the father of the nation of Israel.

The Lord called him to GO to a land that He would reveal as Abraham was going.

He asked him to risk all that he had—comfort, shelter, relationships—all that was known for the unknown. Yahweh asked him to trust that He had a plan, a place, a purpose, and a blessing for him.

Abraham responded with faith and obedience, struggle and confusion, courage and hope. Abraham did not wait for God to reveal every detail of the promise. Abraham did not wait to see before he would move. He did not wait to know before he would believe; he responded to the call by going.

Faith and action
Courage and confusion
Trust and obedience

God called him to “go,” and he went.

It was from Abraham’s first steps that we see the path to Christ today. His obedience was the beginning of a nation that would be set apart by God as something different, something holy, and something we as the church would be grafted into.

Abraham walked into the unknown by trusting God at His word. Let’s watch this week as we see the tension of both faith and fear play out in Abraham’s life.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/154122773″>Women's Midsize Week 2 – 02.02.2016</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/twcc”>The Well Community Church</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Intro to Genesis {Dwelling in God’s Presence}

We study the bible to be with God, to dwell with Him, to grow in our love for Jesus and our knowledge of His word.  We study God’s word as invitation to delight in His presence, so that our joy may be full.

At the end of creation, man and woman stood naked and unashamed (Gen. 2:25). Sin entered in and broke fellowship with God, causing them to hide in His presence (Gen. 3:9) and cover their guilt and shame.

The result of sin?  Being cast out of God’s presence.

The result of the Cross?  Being brought back in.

Let’s look through the first 3 chapters of the bible at the devastation sin brings in the relationship between God and mankind and let’s look to the hope we have in Jesus and the Cross that brings us back in.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/153305284″>Women's Midsize Week 1 – 01.27.2016</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/twcc”>The Well Community Church</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Genesis: Part 2

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We are getting ready to launch the second part of our Genesis study this week.  We’ve creatively titled it: Genesis: Part 2!  Last fall, we studied the first 11 chapters of Genesis, known as the planks.  We call those chapters the planks because like the foundation to a home, they are the foundation to our faith—the solid beams upon which everything else is built.

This semester (Jan-Mar) we will study the patriarchs.  In this 8 week study, we will look at the beginning of a nation, how God called these fathers of our faith to walk in obedience and trust, living what they believe.  We will follow the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.  We will see in the family of origin of our faith things like fear, doubt, trust, obedience, confusion, bitterness, jealousy, lying, stealing, sibling rivalry, grudges and more!  That’s right friends, that’s our family lineage.  We are a hot mess of a people, and God still loves us, redeems us, renews us, and uses us.

So if you’d like to journey through this second part of Genesis and through the lives of the fathers of our faith, you can download the bible study here.  We will upload the teaching videos each week.  Or you can join us in real life at The Well’s North Campus on Tuesday evenings 1/26-3/15 or Friday mornings 1/29-38.  Sign up here to get into a group: The Well Women’s Equipping Class

The study is designed so that you first complete the homework, spending time with God alone and allowing His Spirit to illuminate the text.  Then listen to the teaching, followed by discussion with a group or friend.  Discipleship happens best when we study, learn, connect, and grow with others.

Again, you can download the study and follow along here: Genesis: Part 2

Make sure you subscribe to my email list if you haven’t already, to receive the weekly teaching videos.

Looking forward to growing with you over these next few weeks!

-Melissa

 

Genesis Bible Study: Part One

Genesis

Hello friends!  We just wrapped up our fall bible study on the first part of Genesis.  It was a 7 week study on Genesis 1-11, going verse-by-verse through those 11 chapters and covering topics such as creation, biblical womanhood, sin, redemption, and more. The study is now available for download, including all of the teaching sessions!

You can click here to download the PDF and access the videos, or look to your left and click on the Genesis study!

These are some of the most foundational chapters in all of Scripture, they show us the starting place for the rest of the Bible and what God’s story was built upon.  So grab some friends and dig in over these next 7 weeks!  Feel free to share and pass along the link to anyone who might be interested.

I’d love to hear from you as you study, let me know how you’re growing and how God is changing you over these next few weeks!

-Melissa

Spiritual Disciplines: Sabbath & Rest {Week 7}

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

Sabbath and rest are a a gift, an invitation to enjoy and delight in God and His love.  After completing pages 61-67 in the study guide, share some ways you found rest in the Lord this week.  Delight in the gift of Sabbath!

2015 03 17 – Women’s Bible Study Week 8 from The Well Community Church on Vimeo.

Spiritual Disciplines: Thanksgiving {Week 5}

Thanksgiving: the practice of giving thanks and refocusing our perspective through the lens of gratitude.  We as Christians should be the most thankful people on this earth, because of our understanding of God’s grace.  How did this week’s study on gratitude change your perspective?  After completing pages 45-51, watch the video below and share some things you were thankful for this week!

2015 03 03 – Women’s Bible Study Week 6 from The Well Community Church on Vimeo.