Summary: The verb “create” in our Bibles is only used when God is the Creator. In our scriptures, no one else creates. Men and women and angels do not create. And by “create” I mean to make something out of nothing. We are admonished, encouraged, exhorted to USE, to STEWARD, to CARE FOR, but never to create. That is God’s power, God’s responsibility, God’s domain.
And “create” is not what God the Spirit DID, it is what God the Spirit DOES. The Spirit of God who moved over the face of the primordial waters continues to move. Continues to create. This Genesis creation text is not only telling us how the world first came into being; it is also telling us that the Spirit of God is STILL creating, here and now, in you and in me and in everyone around us. Let us visit a group of people who are on the right track but not walking. They have met the Creative God, and are worshipping God, yet . . .
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If you are watching this message, chances are you already are a part of God’s kingdom or interested in it. But are you “all in”? Have you made that decision to take every next step with God in front of you? Walk in the light that only our Creator God can provide.
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- What new “creation” is most important to you? Think: stereo, MP3, computer, iPhone, car . . .
- When you read the story of creation, what is your first impression of God?
- If you could create a new animal, what would it be like? What would be its most important feature? Why? What would you call it?
- Which of the following reflects your view of God when you were in grade school:
– Kindly old man
– Like my parents
– Like Jesus—God and Jesus as the same
– A spirit—like a friendly ghost
– An angry man sending lightning bolts and punishing people
– No concept of God
- How has your concept of God changed? How do you view God now?
- What does it mean to you that man and woman are created “in the image of God”?
- How does that make you feel to know that you are created in God’s image?
- According to Romans 1:20-25 and Hebrews 11:1-3, how should we respond to God’s self-revelation in God’s Creation? What are the consequences for refusing to praise the Creator? How should this influence the way you view the world? Your work? Your family and friends?
- What from your own life illustrates what it means to repent?
- In Mark 1:11 “a voice from heaven” spoke love words to Jesus—what would you like to hear God say to you?
Bonus question (translate–difficult): how would you respond to a person who believes that only the soul matters, as the human body and material things are decadent or non-spiritual (the gnostic)?What would you say to an atheist who believes that we are only the product of chance?
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