Summary: From creation to the second coming

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World History

I. Intro

A. Today we’re going to cover a lot of ground.

1. In fact, we’re going to cover a whole lot of ground.

2. We’re going to cover every major event in world history in 30 minutes, give or take a few minutes.

3. All that’s really essential for us to know, we can find it in this book, the Bible, the Word of God.

B. There are 5 critical events in world history that we must know.

1. Today, we are going to look at those events and see their significance, not only for the whole world, but also for you.

II. Critical Event in World History #1: God created the heavens and the earth (Read Genesis 1:1).

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

A. World history begins with God.

1. This is the most significant statement ever made.

2.“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

3. This statement includes everything that exists.

4. Everything that exists today, or has ever been created, was created by God.

B. At the beginning, God was already there.

1. Before there was a heavens and an earth, God was already there.

2. God was never created.

3. God existed before there was a creation.

C. God created the universe, the earth, the plants, the animals, and His greatest creation, Man.

1. God created man (Genesis 1:26–27).

2. There is no evolution, there is no crawling out of the slime.

3. Humankind is a direct, divine creation of the Almighty God.

4. God created man for His pleasure.

5. God created man for His glory.

6. God created man for His fellowship.

D. What is the significance of this critical event in world history?

1. It shows us God is the author and director of history.

2. He began history and He is actively involved in the continuation of history.

3. It shows us God alone is in control of the universe and the direction of history.

4. It also shows that humans are not God.

5. We are created beings created by an uncreated God.

6. God is superior to us.

7. As created beings, we are responsible to our Creator.

III. Critical Event in World History #2: Man sinned (Read Genesis 3:11)

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

A. God makes the rules.

1. God gave Adam a command not to do something.

2. God’s rules are not just so he can be in control, God, in His love and concern, sets rules that are best for creation. 3. God knew what was best for Adam and commanded him not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

B. Man broke God’s rules.

1. Adam and Eve thought God was holding out on them.

2. Influenced by the devil, they decided they knew better than God.

3. They denied God’s command and took matters into their own hands.

C. Man sinned.

1. They disobeyed God; they disobeyed their Creator.

2. Sin is rebellion. They rebelled against the rule of God.

3. The actions of Adam and Eve brought sin into the world.

4. It also brought death (v.19)

D. What is the significance of this critical event in world history?

1. Sin came into the world and sin continues to be in the world.

2. Man rebelled against God and that rebellion continues today.

3. Death is still the reality of sin.

E. This didn’t catch God by surprise.

1. God knew man would fall.

2. This didn’t throw God’s eternal plan off track.

3. World history was still in God’s control.

4. He had a plan to overcome the sin brought into the world.

F. We all still live under the curse of sin.

1.“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

2. We all still have to pay the penalty for sin. 3.“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

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