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Summary: 1. In the beginning. 2. The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom 3. Your beginnings will seem humble 4. The beginning of birth pains

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Introduction

1. One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had

come a long way and they no longer needed God.

So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you.

We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost."

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man...

and after the scientist was done talking,...

God said, "Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest."

To which the scientist replied, "OK, great!"

But God added, "Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."

The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbe himself a handful of dirt.

God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"

2. Well last week, we started on a series entitled, “The ABC’s and XYZ’s of the Bible”...

each Wednesday, we will select a new word beginning with a different letter of the alphabet...

and study what the Scriptures have to say about that word.

Last week, I trust you were blessed by our very first word, “Abundance”

Tonight, we will look at the letter “B”...and study what God’s Word has to say about “Beginning”

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1. Appropriately the very first occurrence of the word “Beginning”...

is in the very first verse of the Bible...Genesis 1:1

A. “In the Beginning”...

The very first words of the Bible indicate that God was there

at the Beginning...

“In the beginning...God created”...

In the early verses and chapters of Genesis...

we see the beginning of the universe...

we see the beginning of the earth and the sky...

we see the beginning of the seas and the land..

we see the beginning of the sun, moon, and stars....

we see the beginning of birds, insects, fish, and mammals...

Here in the beginning of the Bible...

we see the beginning of mankind...

In these early chapters...

we also see the beginning of sin...

redemption...

languages...

the first flood...

the first drunk...

the first marriage...

the first murder...

we see the beginning of many, many things...

but one thing we DON’T see the beginning of...is God!!

there is no beginning before there was God...

Our Scripture says, “in the beginning, God”...

God as there...in the beginning...

He wasn’t created...

He was and is the Creator.

B. Not only that...

But another “beginning” is found in John 1:1-4 (read)

In the beginning was the Word John 1:1

His Name is Jesus...

Jesus was with God in the beginning...

In John 17:5, Jesus prays,

And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

God, the Father...and God the Son...were there...

“In the beginning”...

They didn’t COME into being at the beginning...

there were ALREADY THERE...

Before the world ever began...

There was Jesus...

And in fact, according to Genesis 1:2, the Holy Spirit was there too!

the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

C. There is something about knowing that the Triune God has always existed that encourages us...

It strengthens us...

The realization that God made everything...

He is the Creator...

He didn’t use someone else’s dirt...

He made the dirt!!

And, the power of Creator God boggles our minds...

If God is able to create something out of nothing...

certainly God is able to work in the affairs of men and women, and boys and girls!!

Colossians 1:15-18 (read)

In Christ, everything holds together...

Christ holds this ol’ world together so that it just doesn’t fly apart...

and what He does for the world...

He can do for you and for me.

Astrophysicists tells us that there are many things that are absolutely necessary for life to exist on earth...

and if any ONE of them happened...

life could not exist.

If the earth’s rotation was any slower or any faster...we could not exist.

If earth was 2% closer to the sun or 2% further from the sun...

we could not exist.

If earth had a 1% change in sunlight...we could not exist.

If the moon was smaller or larger...we could not exist.

If the earth’s crust were thinner or thicker...we could not exist.

If the oxygen/nitrogen ratio was any great or any less...

we could not exist.

Of the Ozone layer was any greater or any less...we could not exist.

D. Why do I tell you all this?...

Because I want you to see that “in the beginning”...

God was already here...

God has always existed...

There was never a time when He WASN’T here...

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