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Summary: Choice not chance. We have been Divinely Designed. This sermon is part of a series "Welcome to the Planet"

SERIES: Welcome to the Planet

TEXT: Genesis 1:1-26a

TITLE: Divinely Designed

Jesus, the great story telling preacher, came to the conclusion of the greatest story ever preached.

He had taught on the great topics of the Christian life.


Living a life of influence

Ethics for victory

Prayer – Giving – Serving

In preaching there’s something about a story that grips the imagination and the heart that makes the message memorable…so Jesus told the story of 2 builders. It was so real…so visual…so powerful many of us can still tell it 2,000 years after Jesus told it.

2 Builders:

1 Wise

1 Foolish

2 Foundations:

1 Rock

1 Sand

2 Results:

1 Good

1 Bad

2 Homes

The one built on the rock survived

the storm.

The one built on the sand fell flat.

It’s called the “Sermon on the Mount”… when Jesus finished…the Bible tells us, “The crowds were amazed.”

They left that outdoor sanctuary with a choice…build life on a rock, solid…fact based…tried and proven true foundation…or be blown about by the winds of opinion. It was all about foundations. It still is.

When it comes to the foundations…the non-negotiables…first things…origins… beginnings…there are 2 options…

1 as solid as rock

1 as shifty as the sands.

Genesis 1 is rock solid. It’s been tested… tried…and proven by the greatest minds in history.

Even those that deny God must admit the fallacy of evolution.

Evolutionist Stephen Gould admits…

“We’re not just evolving slowly…we’re not evolving at all.”

A Dr. Loutrup says,

“…One day the Adrwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science.”

Here’s truth that can be proven from week 1 until today…

Trees have been trees since creation day #3.

Fish have been fish and birds have been birds since creation day #5. And man has been man since creation day #6.

There are 2 parts to the message this morning…the first part revolves around the 7 Wonders of the World. The second part is the “So what?” What difference does it make…can it make in our lives today.

There’s more…and you can probably come up with better…but I want to mention 7 Wonders of our World from Genesis 1.

We’ll move through these pretty quick:

1. There’s the Wonder of the Trinity.

The 3 have always been…yet we still can’t wrap our minds around the fact.

It makes our imaginations throb.

Many try to explain the truth…it’s tough to grasp.

The Apostle Paul gave it his shot in closing out the book of II Corinthians.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

- II Corinthians 13:14

There’s God the Father

Jesus the Son

And the Holy Spirit.

The Wonder of the Trinity.

2. There’s the Wonder of God’s Voice.

God spoke…and it was.

No voice carries the power…the authority…the commanding attention.

We hear God’s voice and see the power in creation.

We hear Jesus saying, “Quiet” and see the power as others said, “Even the wind and waves obey Him.”

And there is still the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit speaking continually.

The Wonder of God’s voice.

3. There’s the Wonder of the Creation story.

It’s not by chance…it’s by choice.

There’s the originator

The organizer

The orchestrator.

From desire…to design…to direction.

Not chance…by God’s choice.

4. There’s the Wonder of Divine Order.

Some…who want to deny there’s a God…present the Big Bang option.

I’ve always said…OK – I’ll go along a bit…I can justify some noise in the activity of creation…but if there’s a “bang”…who was the “banger?”

There’s incredible detail in the handiwork of creation. There’s incredible order…to the…

- earth revolving around the sun…consistently.

- The regularity of the seasons.

- The day and night routine.

Explosions never result in order

1. Pop can

2. Balloon

3. Party favor

Explosions result in disorder.

5. There’s the Wonder of an Eternity of Discovery.

Study and research continue to reveal new insights and truth to creation week.

Just weeks ago it was revealed that we discovered a whole new – never before seen planet.

New discoveries are found all the time.

The scripture is true:

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard

no mind has conceived what God has prepared…”

There’s an eternity of discovery.

6. There’s the Wonder of Human Kind.

We’ll be looking into this wonder in detail next week...the wonder of human kind.

God…created man.

Let’s at least go this far this morning…God created what He wanted…we’re included…we’re wanted. That alone is hard to get a hold of…God wanted human kind…

There’s a great old hymn that reads:

“That God should love a sinner such as I…should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss, nor rest till He had planned to bring me nigh, how wonderful is love like this!”

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