- Sermon Notes
In the Beginning
and then start in Genesis again. For those new to the church, it’s important to know that the Wednesday evening service and weekend services that I
teach will be connected. At the Wednesday services we will go verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and then on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings
we will look deeply into a section of scripture from what we study on Wednesdays.
Word from Genesis to Revelation.
wrestle with; how did I come into being, who is God, what is God’s plan for the ages?
Hebrews 6:17-18, God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie…
as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.
Illus – Mormon doctrine teaches that the god of this earth is only the god of this earth, who, they say, was once a man like you and me and that there
are many other gods that are gods of their own planets out there somewhere.
Some Mormon missionaries came to my door once and we got into a discussion about this. I asked, “Isn’t there a God above all other gods?” They said, “Yes,
but we don’t know who he is.” I responded, “That’s my God right there; the God who is above all other gods.”
➢ In the beginning – Elohim – or ‘Gods’ is the exact translation. But notice the use of plural and singular in these verses…
Genesis 1:26-27, Then Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” …And Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created them.
➢ So who was God speaking to when He said, “Let Us make man in Our image”?… He was speaking to Jesus, the Son of God.
the Pharaoh of Egypt…
Isaiah 40:21-31 Who could be His equal?
Illus – How amazing is God’s creation! 1.3 million earths would fit into the sun! But Antares is 700 times larger than that! There is even a star in
the southern hemisphere that, traveling at the speed of light, it would take more than three hours to pass through it!!
II. God Created by the Word of His Power
cannot make something finite – a rock – that is more infinite than Himself. There’s no such thing as ‘more infinite.’
➢ In fact, by His creation, God reveals His nature.
Romans 1:19-20, 22, That which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse… Professing to be wise, they became fools.
A. God spoke… and it was so
➢ First there was God, and then God spoke, and He created the heavens and the earth. We were not there, we understand this by faith.
Hebrews 11:1-3, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
things which are not seen. In other words, “Everything is made from energy.”
Psalm 8:1, 3-5, O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! …When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? You have made him a little lower than God and You crown him with glory and majesty.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;”
App – God, who knows each star by name, is the same God who said that He would never leave you or forsake you, that He would supply all your needs according
to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus, that He would come again to receive you unto Himself.
good – complete.
formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
Illus – Biochemist Michael J. Behe, Ph.D. explains, “…a system or device is irreducibly complex if it has a number of different components that
all work together to accomplish the task of the system, and if you were to remove one of the components, the system would no longer function.”
Illus – Some examples of this are easily seen. i.e. “Don’t pick that scab,” our moms would say. If it weren’t for scabs we would die. The mechanism
of blood clotting cannot evolve because everything prior would be extinct even before it lived!
before the system was complete, all bombardier beetles would have died…
The human eye, the immune system, a single cell, systems of reproduction, even DNA itself are examples of irreducible complexity.
➢ God formed the
earth that was formless. He shaped that which was good out of that which was nothing.
Genesis 1:1-5 NASB
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the
deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that
the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was
evening and there was morning, one day.