Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This week's sermon: The Beginnig

Genesis 1:1-2:3.
God is great. The creation account tells us many things about God. He was existing before all created things. He made the heavens and the earth. Hebrews 11:2 tells us that he created everything that is from nothing. John 1:1-4 tell us that Jesus, the Word of God, was there creating everything with the Father. Genesis tells us that the Holy Spirit of God was also there in the beginning, participating in the creative process.

He created the earth in an orderly fashion to support life of all kinds. The order in which God created is amazing. First light, the basis of all life. Then day, and night; sky, land, and sea; plant-life; sun, moon, and stars; creatures in the sea, air, and land. Each step, He's building, according to a plan. Each level of creation provides the necessary elements for the next. Plants need light to grow. Fish and birds need food to eat, an atmosphere in place, weather patterns functioning, water deep enough to support all the aquatic life. Land animals need the same. God purposely built layer upon layer to create the entire ecosystem.

He took special care to fashion mankind in his own image placing him in a special position within the newly created world. God created mankind for the earth, and the earth for mankind. We are not here by accident! It is not a fluke that we are the most advanced creatures on the planet. We were created to be where we are. And we bear the image and likeness of our creator. We long to do what he has done. We create on miniature scale from day to day, and we have done so since mankind came into existence. Since the earliest societies and civilizations we have been shaping the land, creating art in painting and textiles, planting crops and breeding animals to suit specific needs. We also create laws, and forms of government. We create philosophies about the world around us. We follow an inner moral compass that tells us right from wrong. These and more set us apart from the rest of the animal world.

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