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Handout 7 - The Christian Story Part 1 - Creation

Handout 7 - The Christian Story Part 1 - Creation

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http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/2897071Lecture 7
The Christian Story Part 1 - Creation
Some opening questions
What do you think of when you hear the phrase
God created
?How does the fact that God created the world change your life?
Are Christians meant to be suspicious of material things?The gospel of Ned Flanders
you name it, I haven
t done it
―The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly andbad‖
 Understanding the Christian story means starting with the God is the Creator of allthings. It affects the whole storyline.1. God made the physical world not the devil2. God thought that what he had made was goodGenesis 1:2-3
2 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.
3 And God said, ―Let there be light,‖ and there was light. 4 God saw that the light 
was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:9-12
9 And God said, ―Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dryground appear.‖ And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground ―land,‖ and thegathered waters he called ―seas.‖ And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said,―Let th
e land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear 
fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.‖ And it was so. 12 The land 
http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/2897071Lecture 7
The Christian Story Part 1 - Creation
produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearingfruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:31
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
There is no good in trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to bea purely spiritual creature. That is why he used material things like bread and wine toput new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: Heinvented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.
(CS Lewis)Genesis chapter 2
a tight focus on human beingsGenesis 2:7
the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into hisnostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
 The name Adam, comes from the Hebrew word
which is the Hebrew wordfor ground.Genesis 2:8-9
8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put theman he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of theground 
trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of thegarden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:15
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and 
take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, ―You are free to eat from
any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.
What is the first command in the garden?
http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/2897071Lecture 7
The Christian Story Part 1 - Creation
John Schneider:
Human beings are ―earth beings‖ – 
of, by and for the earth. We are fashioned fromthe earth to live upon the earth, to dominate, cultivate and care for the earth
and to
use and enjoy the fruits of the earth…. It is true that we are more than mere bodies,and that we are also spiritual beings….That is why, for the ancie
nt Hebrew, life apart 
from the body was not ―life at all‖, but mere existence. The quintessential vision of 
life in its full expression is the physical person in the garden of life.
 Enjoyment is not unrestricted.
The God who made it knows the way to enjoy it
Just because something is good
mean it cannot be abused.Genesis 3
how are humans tempted to rebel against God?
Genesis 3:1
―Did God really say,
‗You must not eat from any tree in the garden‘?‖
Is that what God had said?
3. Even after sin, creation still reflects his glory and is to be enjoyed
Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God;the skies proclaim the work of his hands
Psalm 148:7-10
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
Nehemiah 8:10
Nehemiah said, ―Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to
those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

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