Preaching: Elder Troy Martin
Text: Genesis 1:1
We are beginning a new sermon series in Genesis. But today's sermon is chiefly focused on the beginning that Genesis is to divine revelation itself, and the beginnings that Genesis relates in its pages. In other words, it is an overview of our new book.
What is the overriding purpose of Genesis generally and of those ten English words in particular? Paul tells us in Romans 15:4 that whatever is written is written for our instruction and hope. Genesis 1:1 are the first words of instruction and hope that God ever gave humanity. What are the implications of this?
First Everything begins with God. Beginning with ourselves, or primordial chaos, or an accidental world, or a twenty billion year-old bang ultimately leads to despair.
Second Creation signals purpose. In Colossians 1:16 Paul implies that the doctrine of divine creation means there is a doctrine of divine purpose. If we are made by God, then we are made for God. Genesis 1:1 gives the world and each of its individuals a reason.
Third God is not limited by his materials. If God made all things out of nothing, than he is not restricted by what he has to work with. Therefore you have hope: if God can make glory out of nothing, than surely he can redeem something from anything - even sin.
The rest of the Bible is an unfolding of the beginnings (geneses) of Genesis. The Bible uses the Book of Genesis exactly how Paul says it should be used: for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16. Origins, purpose, marriage, murder, redemption, resurrection, and many other doctrines are all born in this book. The whole Christian worldview is built from Genesis. Therefore...
Since God created everything it's not about you. That is the same thing as saying, it's all about God. Until we understand that this life, the universe, and everything else will never make sense.
Since God created everything, and told you about it, it's crucially important to know it. “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4. What is written in Genesis is vital for healthy faith and for fighting temptation.
Since God created everything, God is the first priority. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind” Matthew 22:37-38. The greatest commandment and the first words of Genesis are related. Everything starts from God and comes back to him.
Questions for Household Growth
What are some of the beginnings written in Genesis?
Why are things written in the Bible?
In what ways can you practice loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind?