Before Abraham: Creation,Sin and the Nature of God
September 5, 2014
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
We love Dr. MacArthur's bible studies. His notes are informative and his questions are thought provoking. We have studied many New Testament study books written by him. We have talked about taking a fresh look at the Old Testament and thought we would start at the beginning with Genesis since he now offers this series.
After I led my family through this study, my wife has begun a women's Bible study at our house. The women love it, and Dr. MacArthur's studies always challenge the learner to a greater discernment and understanding of Scripture.
I am going through this study with a friend and it has been really good so far. I look forward to it every week and I am excited to see how God will use it in conjunction with His Word to open our hearts to the truth and bring us into closer fellowship with Him. As with MacArthur's other studies, I would definitely recommend this to others.
Good depth of study because it is broken up into 3 sections- First deals with history, then the characters, then the themes & finally a summary of key principles. Content is easily understood by all in our group of 23 from different denominations. The author takes a literal view of the biblical history in Genesis, especially of Creation. Two in our group don't share this view which has made for some very interesting discussions. We have done further research with other materials (DVD's) to back up these literal views and enrich the study. Be warned, the beginning chapters of Genesis can be controversial. John MacArthur is clear on his stand- I think he has researched the biblical account thoroughly. This study is well written & organized and has caused us all to look deeply into what we truly believe about the Bible and creation itself. It has been many years since we went to public schools where the theory of evolution was taught, and this study awakened a need to revisit that view, question it, & do further research. This has turned up many new recent scientific findings that substantiate the biblical view of a 6 day creation, proved the theory of evolution to be impossible, and has served to deepen our faith in God's Word as absolute truth.