All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be the blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
-J.R.R. Tolkein, from The Fellowship of the Ring

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.
-Hebrews 11.8

Genesis is the first word.  The first book in Holy Scripture takes its name from its first word: “beginning.”  Genesis offers us Scripture’s first word on God- God creating, blessing, gracing, ruling.  And Genesis also offers us the first word on the life of faith; it tells us the story of God forming a human family to know and serve him, and how God works with our mothers and fathers in faith as they believe and doubt, fight and forgive, struggle and pray and work.  This fall at Liberti, we’ll be listening to the signature stories of our ancestors in faith in Genesis 12-50 as an orientation to the life of faith.  Plan on joining us so you can begin or deepen a journey with the God we meet in the pages of Scripture and in the person of Christ!

Out of town?  Miss a week?  Want to listen to other sermons in this series?  Click here to find other sermons from this, and past, series.

Genesis- Robert Alter.  This is a fresh translation of the text of Genesis, with fascinating footnotes, by the world’s leading living Hebrew scholar.  Alter’s translation is both earthy and learned, full of fascinating footnotes, and perfect if you’d like to engage these familiar, time-honored stories of Scripture in a fresh way. 

Genesis for Everyone (parts 1 & 2)- John Goldingay.  Goldingay is an internationally renowned Christian Old Testament scholar, and these commentaries are a perfect companion for your travels through Scripture’s first book; they’re accessible without being simplistic, always interesting and practical, and are a wise guide in connecting the Story of God in Genesis to the story of your own life. 

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Genesis 12-50.  This commentary series gathers together commentary and sermons on the book of Genesis from pastors, church leaders, and theologians from Christianity’s first few centuries.  This commentary enables you to keep company with our first mothers and fathers in Christian faith as you keep company with Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rachel, and Jacob. 

To help you journey through Genesis together with our church community, we’ve created this book as a guide to help you read and pray your way through the book of Genesis.  This book will guide you into the pages of Scripture’s first book day by day, so that you can enter its stories of our mothers and fathers in faith and they can introduce you to your Creator, orient you to the life of faith, and invite you to journey in life with the God you meet in its pages.

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