While I was excited about utilizing the Gospel Project to unite all ages with one curriculum, I never imagined I was personally going to get so much out of it as I have. I have loved the group interaction time, the discussion time with our family, and utilizing the family Bible reading plan.
I taught the first lesson with my discipleship group, my college group, and talking about it with my family.
Here are some of the things I am focusing on this week.
Lessons from Creation
- The Bible’s first claim is that God exists (Gen. 1:1). This truth is foundational to pleasing God (Heb. 11:6).
- Plural Elohim singularly created. The Hebrew wording alludes to the Trinity in the fact that God(s) singularly created. The noun is plural but the verb is singular.
- The earth was without form and void (Gen. 1:2). God fixed its formlessness and its emptiness in 3-day sections. He formed it (days 1-3) and then filled it with corresponding entities (days 4-6).
- He made everything good. It was good morally, beautifully, and functionally.
- God made light on day 1 and sun, moon, and stars on day 4. The light came from God only days 1-3 and Rev. 22:5 says that in the end, we will return to Eden with God being our light.
- Creation tells us there is a God (Ps. 19:1-6; Rom. 1:20); the Word tells us who he is (Ps. 19:7-11) [notice the shift in the two stanzas of Psalm 19 from the generic God to LORD].
- Creation provides general revelation and the Word provides special revelation.
- Beholding creation should humble me not exalt me. It was made for his glory and not for my amusement (Ps. 8:1-4).
- The fiercest of creatures are nothing more than a playful pet to God (Ps. 104:26).
- When I behold Creation, I tremble. When God beholds Creation, it trembles (Ps. 104:32).
- God must humble himself to behold that which causes me to stand in awe (Ps. 113:5-6).
- God looks down on that to which I look up (Ps. 113:5-6).
- We were created from God and through Christ (1 Cor. 8:6).
“Who Is Playing That?”
I shared this story with groups this week. A few years ago, I walked through our Family Life Center to hear beautiful music on the piano. I knew by the sounds it wasn’t anyone that was normally in the building at that time. I was not content to listen to the piano, I had to draw near to see the pianist. His work caused me to want to know the musician more. As I drew near, I discovered Stephen Rutland, a college student, who became a dear friend over the next few years.
Creation should cause us to be the same way.
It is not enough just to enjoy Creation – it should cause us to draw near to the Creator.
I pray you are drawing near this week!