A good Bible study does more than simply teach learners the Bible, it teaches learners how to study the Bible for themselves.  If you are in the Houston area, I would love to bring one of my in-depth studies to your church and teach the women in your ministry to how to study the Bible for themselves as we study the Bible together.  Contact me for more details.  

An 8 session in-depth study on Genesis chapters 12-25

Chances are you have heard of Abraham.  You may have even studied him before.  After all, as far as biblical characters go, it doesn’t get much bigger than Abraham.  Whereas the first 11 chapters of the Bible are devoted to the history of the entire world, the next 14 chapters of the Bible are devoted to the story this one man’s journey with God. Outside of those 14 chapters in the Old Testament book of Genesis, Abraham is discussed at length in the New Testament books of Galatians, Hebrews, Romans and James, as well as mentioned many other times throughout Scripture.  Certain scholars have even gone so far as to argue that outside of Jesus Christ, Abraham is the most important character in the Bible.  Some might not go that far, but all would undoubtedly agree that he occupies an exceedingly important role in the biblical narrative.  Yet, Abraham is much more than a major character in an important biblical story.  Through Abraham,  God used a seemingly ordinary man to point us to a much Greater Man.  In doing so, God indelibly carved the gospel into the hearts of His people thousands of years before Christ was even born.  Indeed, the extent to which Christ Himself is etched into the fabric of Abraham’s life is a stunning reminder of how the Bible is not merely a collection of many stories; it is one big story – God’s story.  No less important to that story are the lives of some of the most fascinating women in the Bible.  From Sarah, to Hagar, to Lot’s wife, these women add depth and understanding to Abraham’s gospel narrative as they offer us encouragement, inspiration, warning and rebuke.  Once we understand this story as part of the greater gospel narrative that it’s biblical backdrop demands, it will cease to be a two-dimensional, ancient tale that may seem irrelevant to a generation of Starbucks sipping, iPhone wielding women and will captivate our hearts across all time as God intended.

Study Breakdown

This study consists of lecture time (usually around 45minutes), followed by small group discussion time (another 45 minutes). Small groups will ideally consist of between 6-8 people each, including one person who leads/facilitates the group’s discussion.  Study workbook including fill in the blank lecture notes, discussion questions, and homework for each week are available.

Study Schedule

Week One: The Beginning of Something Big          Text:  Genesis 11:27 – 12:9

Week Two: Going Down to Egypt                           Text:  Genesis 12:10 – 13:18

Week Three: Our Exceedingly Great Reward           Text: Genesis Ch 15

Week Four: By Faith Not By Sight                           Text: Genesis Ch 16

Week Five: Glimpses Into Their Hearts                    Text: Genesis 17 – 18:15

Week Six: The Righteousness of Lot                         Text: Genesis 18:16 – 19:38

Week Seven: Matters of Life and Death                    Text: Genesis 21

Week Eight: The Boy Who Lived                             Text: Genesis 22 – 25