Had a chance this week to work my way through Creation Unraveled: The Gospel According to Genesis. New from Threads (Lifeway’s young adult line of curriculum), Creation Unraveled “explores how the first chapters of the Bible lay the foundation for the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Like the other titles from this series (Red Revolution, Abide, Scouting the Divine, and Sacred Roads), Creation Unraveled provides a very rich and satisfying experience…for a certain kind of person or group. What kind? I’ve found that these studies particularly appeal to those groups that are prepared for a fairly challenging curriculum, both from the standpoint of leader preparation and session implementation.
Creation Unraveled is a 7 session study that features:
- a member book with over 150 pages (this is a study with preparation)
- a DVD with teaching by Matt Carter (lead pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church and Halim Suh (an elder and pastor of equipping there)
- for further study there is a link to the Austin Stone 2009 message series, The Gospel According to Genesis that inspired the small group curriculum.
- a playlist of music that complements the topic and themes of the study (music available for purchase)
- Supplemental articles to deepen your understanding of biblical principles at the foundation of this study
The Creation Unraveled Leader Kit includes a very complete Leader’s Guide on the DVD-ROM with step-by-step instructions for each session. Leaders will find ample questions and insights designed to help group members engage with the topic. In addition, there is a Dig Deeper resource that can be emailed to members as follow-up to the session.
Because Creation Unraveled really isn’t a “just show up” kind of study, it won’t work for everyone. But for group members ready to invest some time in preparation, this is a very good study that will deepen understanding of the Bible’s one story. I like it and can already think of some groups I’ll be recommending it to!