Summary: This sermon unpacks article 4 Creation. From the Baptist confession of faith 1689 and takes a look at the fingerprints of God in Creation, humanity and our relationship with Creator and creation.
GENESIS CHAPTERS 1-3. THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD.
HAS ANYBODY EVER HAD THEIR HOME BROKEN INTO AND THEIR POSSESSIONS TAKEN AND DESTROYED? MAYBE WHILST YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY OR UPSTAIRS ASLEEP, A WINDOW HAS BEEN SMASHED AND ENTRY GAINED THE NEXT DAY YOU RETURN FROM HOLIDAY OR FROM UPSTAIRS AND YOU FIND YOU HOUSE RANSACKED AND PILLAGED, ITS A MYSTERY TO YOU WHOSE DONE IT? THE THIEVES HAVE GOT AWAY? SO YOU TELEPHONE THE POLICE, THEY TAKE A STATEMENT AND EXPLAIN THE FORENSIC DEPT WILL BE DOWN LATER IN THE DAY SO NOT TO TOUCH THE CRIME SCENE.
YOU ARE AT A LOOSE END WHO’S DONE IT? YOU HAVEN’T A CLUE, BUT WHEN THE FORENSIC TEAM ARRIVE THEY START TO DUST FOR FINGERPRINTS, THEY BEGIN TO FIND CLUES AND THE MYSTERY STARTS TO BE UNRAVELLED AND AS THE PRINTS ARE MATCHED TO THEIR DATABASE AN INDIVIDUAL IS IDENTIFIED.
FRIENDS WHEN IT COMES TO CREATION MANY PEOPLE FEEL ABSOLUTELY UNSURE AND CONFUSED IN REGARD TO CREATION BUT LIKE THE FORENSIC TEAM WHO FOUND THE FINGERPRINTS TO SOLVE THE CRIME... THERE ARE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD ALL OVER THE PLACE TO LEAVE US WITHOUT DOUBT HOW THE CREATION. THIS MORNING WE WILL BE DUSTING DOWN FINDING THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD ALL OVER HIS CREATION. THERE ARE SAO MANY WE WILL BY NO MEANS LOOKING AT THEM ALL BUT WILL BE LOOKING AT SIMPLY THREE AREAS THAT THE BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH REFERS TO
ARTICLE 4. Creation
In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, to create or make the world and all things in it both visible and invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.
1. THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD IN CREATION
After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female, with reasoning and immortal souls, rendering them fit to live that life for Him for which they were created;
- being made in the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness; having the law of God written in their hearts, and having the power to fulfil it;
2. THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD IN HUMANITY
- and yet living under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will which was subject to change.
Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While they kept this command they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over all other creatures.
3. THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CREATION AND CREATOR.
BUT BEFORE WE DO THAT LETS UNDERSTAND SOMETHING ABOUT COMPETING WORLDVIEWS ALL OF US HAVE WORLD VIEWS GLASSES WITH WHICH WE OBSERVE THE WORLD AROUND US.... WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHERE EVERYBODY IS AFFECTED BY WORLDVIEWS NO-ONE IS IMPARTIAL – WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN BIASIS - WORLDVIEWS - NOT EVEN THE EMINENT OXFORD PROFESSOR AND CELEBRITY RICHARD DAWKINS IS IMPARTIAL (JOKE!)
• TWO HEAVY WEIGHT WORLDVIEWS PUNCHING IT OUT, AT THIS TIME IS - ATHEISTIC PSEUDO SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW - BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW.
ATHEISTIC WORLD VIEW.... IS ONE WHICH IS DEVOID OF GOD - WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL HAS COME TO THE POINT OF HUMAN EXISTENCE WHERE HE/SHE THINKS OUR SYSTEMATIC THINKING IS FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT IN INTERPRETING WHAT WE SEE AROUND US FROM A PREMISE THAT THERE IS NO GOD. AND THAT WE EVOLVED BY CHANCE. THIS WORLDVIEW WILL SIMPLY DISREGARD THE DESIGN FEATURES, SEEN ALL AROUND THEM IN CREATION AND HUMANITY WHICH TO MEN LIKE EINSTIEN WERE SIGNS OF HIGHER INTELLIGENCE AND REBUILD IT A PSEUDO SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW OF NEO DARWINISM - MERE COSMIC BLIND CHANCE .....