Creation, Series: The Big Story

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March 30, 2014 · The Big Story: Creation, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19:1-4; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17


What can we learn about God by observing creation (Ps. 19:1-4; Rom. 1:20)? What can we not learn about God by just observing creation (Matt. 16:16-17; 1Co. 2:7-10; Col. 1:26-27)? Why then do we need the Word of God?


God is separate from His creation, creating everything out of nothing by the power of His Word (Gen. 1; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17) and therefore no part of creation is divine / to be worshiped. What is the difference between “worshipping” and “keeping/tending” creation (Genesis 2:15)?


Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31. Seven times God declares the material world to be “good.” Do you think Christianity is about an “escape” from the material world (1Tim. 4:3-4; Col. 2:20-23)? If the Big Story of God’s Redemption is not about “escape” from this material world, what is the hope for the material world (Rom. 8:19-23; Col.1:19-20; Rev. 21:5)?


Genesis 1:31. Creation was originally “very good” – in a state of shalom (wholeness, peace, prosperity, everything in proper relationship). God’s people were to work for shalom (Jer. 29:4-7) and Jesus is the “Prince of Peace [shalom]. Of the increase of his government and of peace [shalom] there will be no end” (Isa. 9:6-7). How does the creation account help us understand God’s desire for this world? our own role in the world?


Genesis 1:26-28. The Bible is unique in teaching that humanity is created in the image of God - neither gods (Psalm 8:5) nor mere animals (Psalm 8:6-8). How should this transform the way you understand yourself? How should this transform the way we treat one another (James 3:9; 1Jn. 4:20)?


Genesis 1-2. The creation account is not merely an account about spiritual reality but material reality - with no division between sacred and secular. If all creation and human life are actually sacred, what impact do you think it should have on the way we relate to creation? relate to one another? relate to our work?


Genesis 2:15. Tim Keller writes, “Gardening (the original human vocation) is a paradigm for cultural development. A gardener neither leaves the ground as is, nor does he destroy it. Instead, he rearranges it to produce food and plants for human life. He cultivates it. (The words culture and cultivate come from the same root.) Every vocation is in some way a response to, and an extension of, the primal, Edenic act of cultivation.” How are different vocations a response to our call to cultivate culture? How does the creation mandate transform your understanding of work and vocation?


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