Summary: A sermon on why the belief in creation is important (Adapted from Dr. Jack Cottrell's book, God Most High, Chapter 4 called the Implications of Creation)
I don’t believe in evolution, I know creation’s true. I believe that God above, created me and you. So praise His name for what He made, give credit where it’s due. I don’t believe in evolution, I know creation’s true. I didn’t crawl out of a pond, or swing down from a tree. Adam is my ancestor, and not a chimpanzee. God created everything, in 6 days He was through. Song by Buddy Davis
Last week we talked about some basics of creation. Creation ex nihilo, creation out of nothing. Creation is free act of God. He created because He wanted to create and not because God had to create. Lastly, we talked about how God created visible and invisible universe.
The significance of creation is mind boggling. All the beliefs of Christianity are founded on the idea that God is the creator of everything.
Many of the implications of creation we have taken for granted all our lives. We may not have noticed that the truths that we hold to depend on fact that we live in God created world.
Thesis: Talk about how the Biblical belief of creation impacts 4 major categories: Nature, man, ethics and worship.
Matter is good.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. ” Genesis 1:31, NIV.
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” 1 Timothy 4:4, NIV.
Matter, the stuff of the universe, is not the problem here. Sin is what has made this world not good. Matter is good because it is the creation of the good God.
There is nothing evil about the human body. When the Bible condemns the flesh, it is not talking about the body as it was created, but about the body as it is influenced by and controlled by sin and as sin works its drawing and seducing power over the inner man.
The negative elements of bodily existence, such as suffering and death, are the consequences of sin; they are not native in human nature as such. Salvation is not the shedding of the body but the redemption of the body. “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23, NIV.
Matter is dependent- Matter owes it existence to God; it is completely dependent on God. Matter depends on the Creator not only for its very origin, bur for its continuing existence.
Nature is dependable. Because the Creator is rational and faithful, so is creation. It is orderly and intelligible; it operates according to patters known as natural laws.
The beginnings of science were based on the biblical facts of creation.
John Ray, a scientist and a founder of the Royal Society, was considered the father of English natural history. One of the books he authored was entitled: “The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation.”
The scientist JOHANNES KEPLER described science as "thinking God's thoughts after Him."
Louis Pasteur said, “Science brings man nearer to God.”
Sir Isaac Newton was a scientist. In his later years Newton wrote more about the Bible than science. Some humanists regret that Newton wasted his later years in this pursuit instead of science. Many are blind to the early influence of the belief of a Creator God to science.
Science is possible because creation is dependable, rational and observable.
We owe our existence to the Creator. “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3
We are a creature with meaning. The most important questions we can ask are, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Apart from fact of creation, there are no answers to these questions.
“The LORD will fulfil his purpose for me.” Psalms 138:8, NIV.
Poem by Russell Kelfer- You are who you are for a reason. You’re part of an intricate plan. You’re a precious and perfect unique design, Called God’s special woman or man. You look like you look for a reason. Our God made no mistake. He knit you together within the womb, You’re just what he wanted to make. The parents you had were the ones he chose, and no mater how you may feel, they were custom designed with God’s plan in mind, and they bear the master’s seal. No, that trauma you faced was not easy. And God wept that it hurt you so; But it was allowed to shape your heart so that into his likeness you’d grow. You are who you are for a reason, You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod. You are who you are, beloved, Because there is a God!