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The Story: Creation

How does the story of God creating the world affect our lives today? As we kick off a new sermon series called The Story, John Elmore uses the creation account in Genesis to show us how God is actively at work in our lives.

John ElmoreNov 28, 2021

In This Series (6)
The Story: Your Next Chapter
David Penuel, Jennie Allen, Blake HolmesDec 26, 2021
Christmas Eve 2021
John ElmoreDec 24, 2021
The Story: Restoration
John ElmoreDec 19, 2021
The Story: Redemption
David MarvinDec 12, 2021
The Story: The Fall
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 5, 2021
The Story: Creation
John ElmoreNov 28, 2021

Summary

How does the story of God creating the world affect our lives today? As we kick off a new sermon series called The Story, John Elmore uses the creation account in Genesis to show us how God is actively at work in our lives.

Key Takeaways

  • The story of Scripture is theocentric and doxological. but we still find ourselves written into it.
  • Creation was not the first act of God; in the beginning, He just was. He chose us before the foundation of the earth in love (Ephesians 1:4-6).
  • Adam and Eve’s story is our story.
  • God brings order to chaos (Genesis 1:1-2).
  • God didn’t just bring order to chaos in creation; He brings order to chaos in our lives.
  • Your greatest pain is most likely your greatest opportunity to glorify God.
  • God gives light (Genesis 1:3-4).
  • God gives light not just to the church, but to all (Romans 1:19-20).
  • God provides (Genesis 1:11).
  • God provides because He loves. Even as He created the animals, He provided a sacrifice for our salvation.
  • God gives life (Genesis 1:27).
  • God gives a helper (Genesis 2:18).
  • The Holy Spirit is our ultimate helper (Genesis 2:18).
  • God mandates: be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28).
  • We are often more concerned about our occupation than others’ salvation.
  • God gives instruction (Genesis 2:15-17).
  • In Scripture, God gives good instructions to hold us back from death and to promote good so that we would live a good, holy, and pleasing life as a living sacrifice unto Him.
  • God modeled the example of rest for us, but He doesn’t need rest. He hasn’t rested since the seventh day and is busy rescuing and ransoming souls all day every day.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How have you seen God at work in the chaos of your own life, or what chaos can you invite Him into?
  • What provisions in your life can you thank God for?
  • When was the last time you heeded God’s instruction and experienced it either holding you back from death or promoting good in your life?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Ephesians 1:4-6; Revelation 13:8; Genesis 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28; John 21:19; Romans 1:20; Genesis 1:3-4; 1 Peter 2:9; Psalm 119:105; Genesis 1:11; Isaiah 53:10-11; Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5; Genesis 2:18; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Isaiah 56:4-5: Psalm 33:20; Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:15-17; John 17:17; John 5:17; Psalm 121:1-4; Psalm 8:3-4
  • The Story: Advent Guide