Saturday, January 10, 2009


It's hard to believe that it is already 2009! Interesting how our last study through the Old and New Testaments finished just 4 Sundays before the new year and we were able to study topically the 4 Sundays of advent and right at the beginning of the new year, We are studying the Period of Beginnings! This year we are trying something different. We have started publishing the basic outline in the Casa Grande Dispatch Newspaper and using this as an avenue to invite the public to attend Outlines of Bible History. This last Sunday we began with an Introduction to the Bible and the Old Testament.

The first period that we are studying is:


Here is recorded the history of the race down to Abraham. It is a long period, as long as the remaining eleven periods combined, and perhaps much longer. The great events of the period are the creation of the universe and of man, the fall of man, the murder of Abel by Cain, the flood, resulting in a new beginning of the race descended from Noah, and the confusion of tongues resulting in the dispersion of the people. The period is recorded in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

The time covered by this period is from creation to about 2000 B.C. In this study of this long period, which extends from creation to Abraham, we consider five great events, as follows:
1. The Creation (Genesis 1-2)
2. The Fall (Genesis 3)
3. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)
4. The Flood (Genesis 6-9)
5. The Confusion of Tongues (Genesis 11)
The first lesson that we will be studying Sunday January 11th 2009 will be outlined as follows:
1. The Creation (Genesis 1, 2)
Moses tells of the creation of the earth, the cataclysmic change as the result of divine judgment and the six days of recreation in on brief chapter of thirty-one verses, adding a second chapter as supplemental narrative of the creation of man and woman.
(1) God's Creation / Chaotic Earth
The Original Earth (Gen 1:1) - "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This wonderful phrase solves the first and almost the greatest of problems, the origin of matter and of life, and sets forth God's relation to the universe. God did not create this world as a waste but to be inhabited (Is 45:18)
The Chaotic Earth (Gen 1:2) - "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." The earth was made void by water. 2 Pet. 3:5-6; Jer 4:23-26
The Present Earth (Gen 1:3 - 2:7) - This present earth is kept in store by the same Word (Rev. 20:11-15)
(2) In six days - God's Recreation
First day: Cosmic Light
Second day: The firmament formed.
Third day: Land and vegetation reappears (2works)
Fourth day: Solar light restored
Fifth day: Creation of Fish and Fowl
Sixth day: Creation of animals and man (2 works)
Seventh day: God rested from
(3) God made man in his own image - "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7)
(4) God hallowed the seventh day - "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made" (Genesis 2:2).
See you Sunday at North Trekell Baptist (2:30pm)!
James Staggs
P.S. For those of you who need directions, The Church is located at 2492 North Trekell Road, Casa Grande, AZ (Crossroads of Trekell and Avenida Ellena)

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