Genesis 1-11: Who do you think you are?
To know who you are you need to know where you have come from. That is true whoever you are - whether you are a Christian or not. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, provides the answers - whether you are a Christian or not. It was written for Israel, God's people, to teach them about their forefather Abraham, and the promise God made him to fix the whole world through his family. For Christians, then, it's about our family history. Chapters 1-11 are about what came even before that: why this special family was needed in the first place. How God made the world, his plans for it, and the disaster of human sin which engulfed mankind and led to the sorry world we all know so well. So Genesis teaches us who we really are, and how much we need God's plan to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue us.