Sermon Notes January 07, 2024

A Creative Perspective                                       “ In the Beginning” 

  1. In beginning a study, it’s good to remember these  3 things:                                                                        
A. It’s a ________________ book.                                                                        
B. It’s written in _______________________ observational (phenomenological) language.    
C. In the beginning, It’s written in __________ (specifically a combination of prose narrative and epic poem. 

Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty , darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 

  1. The opening headline says 2 things:
A. In the beginning ___________.      B. He ______________. 

Some Big Bang Facts

Dr. Edwin Hubble — it’s his theory. At one time — all matter was packed into a dense mass (at outrageous temperatures) and then about 13.8 billion years ago — explosion. On April 24, 1992, the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), gave stunning confirmation of the universe’s “hot Big Bang creation event.” 

  1. Here are the problems:                     
A. We know that ______________________ cannot come

from nothing.                                                                                       

B. We also know that the universe isn’t ________________.           
C. Million dollar question:  Where did the stuff that got ________________ come from  and who ________________ it?                                        
4. About the word “Day”… how could God have wanted to inspire the writer of Genesis to convey scientific precision about literal, 24-hour solar days when, according to the text _____________     

____________________ weren’t even created until the 4th day.

See Genesis 1:3-31; 2:1-3.  (Pew Bible, page 1)

  1. As for the first week of creation, it can be divided into two parts: 3 days of _____________ and 3 days of _____________.

For Additional Biblical References — 2 Corinthians 4:5-7’ Job9:9; Deuteronomy 4:19; and, Isaiah 45:10-15.