The name itself means ‘beginning’ or ‘birth’ – did you know that? This first book of the Bible is designed to teach you about the beginnings of Earth and what God’s plan is for his people. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (1:1). We know from this opening that God is the creator of the Heavens and Earth, which he made for a plan and purpose.
Does reading the Bible feel daunting? With 66 books and over 1,200 chapters, anyone would feel overwhelmed. According to statistics, 1 in 8 (12%) Christians admit they rarely or never read the Bible. While another study by Lifeway Research in 2016 purports that 1 in 5 (20%) Americans said they have read all of the Bible at least once. At JournalOwl, we’d like to believe the statistic by Lifeway Research in that 1 out of 5 people in America have read the Bible at least once front to back.
Here's the problem though: although they’ve read the Bible front to back, what have they comprehended? What have they applied to everyday living? What do they remember? And what have they discussed and dialogued about with others? The Bible is the word of God. Wouldn’t it be amazing to read book-by-book & chapter-by-chapter with your friends, family, and colleagues? Not only read it together but also answer thought-provoking questions about each chapter.
This isn’t a quiz where you answer true or false questions. To truly comprehend subject matter, you must think through the question, reference the subject material, and devote time & effort to writing out your response in the context of your everyday life. At least that is how many successful and intelligent scholars deeply comprehend their area of expertise.
With JournalOwl, we have taken all 66 books of the Bible and broken them down chapter-by-chapter with thought-provoking questions to pick from, write about, and collaboratively discuss with people from across the world. Taking it a step further, you can Zoom video chat with a private Bible Study group of your choosing, or just follow along with the many other Christians participating. Knowing that you’re actively moving through the Bible with other people at the same time brings comfort, assurance, and confidence that you can too be one of the 20% who has read the Bible cover-to-cover.
Today, let’s start with Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Did you know that Genesis has 50 distinct chapters? The Book of Genesis is the first book in the Old Testament which is 929 chapters in total. That’s a lot of reading!
Let’s take a closer look at Genesis. The name itself means ‘beginning’ or ‘birth’ – did you know that? This first book of the Bible is designed to teach you about the beginnings of Earth and what God’s plan is for his people. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (1:1). We know from this opening that God is the creator of the Heavens and Earth, which he made for a plan and purpose.
Throughout the book of Genesis, you will learn about the beginning of life on earth (chapters 1 and 2), along with the origins of sin & death, and the promise of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ (chapter 3). You’ll also read about The Flood in chapters 6 through 10 and how that sparked a new beginning with Noah’s family who was saved by the ark. Taking it a few steps further, you’ll peel back the onion on the origin of languages and races of mankind in chapter 11. Once you’re through the first 11 chapters of the Genesis Bible Study Group, you’ll study and discuss the beginnings of Israel in the remaining chapters of Genesis. Not only will you learn important lessons from Genesis, but you’ll learn about all the people who made up the beginning times like: Adam & Eve, Cain, Abel, Seth, and so on!
About JournalOwl Bible Study Groups
JournalOwl® launched Bible Study Groups to assist Christians with their quest to understand and apply God’s word. With 66 online Bible study challenges, participants can dive into God’s word by reading the Bible online and answering thought-provoking questions about each chapter. Bible study group leaders and Pastors can create private clubs for their Ministries and Churches to enable live Zoom discussions for weekly Bible study groups.
Pastors and Ministers can pair JournalOwl’s Bible Study Groups with their video-recorded Sunday lectures to create super challenges for their congregation on JournalOwl. Private, secure, and designed to help people comprehend Sunday’s message and the Bible – JournalOwl is a powerful tool for educational institutes and faith-based organizations.