Sermon Recap: LIGHT OF CREATION based on Genesis 1:1-5 & John 1:1-5
Do we know what we believe? Can we articulate what we believe about God if someone puts us on the spot? Jesus? Salvation? The apostle Peter tells us to always be prepared to give an answer for our hope (1 Pet 3:15). But the reality is that many times, we cannot give an answer because we don’t know what to say. How can you lead people in the ways of God if we don’t know what we believe? Let us start with God at the very beginning. What can the creation story and the beginning of it all teach us about God?
- In the beginning (Gen 1:1; John 1:1-2). The Hebrew and Greek words utilized for beginning carry a similar message: that which is at the top, head, or origin. In other words, in the beginning, nothing existed prior to that point. And what was at the beginning? God and the Word? Nothing predates God and the Word. They are the origin of everything that we see. All we see in nature and the universe come from their source. The scientific laws of the conservation of mass and energy support this. Both laws state that mass and energy cannot be created or destroyed. So where did the original mass and energy originate? God!
What does this mean for us? God exists outside the parameters of this physical world! Even though we cannot comprehend, God can move outside of time, matter, and space. He is omnipresent, always present, omniscient, all-knowing, and omnipotent, all-powerful. No matter what limitations we face, nothing is impossible for God since He is outside of it!
- God created (Gen 1:1; John 1:3). Creation is not an accident. The law of entropy (law of thermodynamics) proves that things grow more disordered over time. In other words, things do not randomly come together; rather, they naturally drift and break apart. Yet, the theory of evolution dictates our whole world exists by random chance moments and accidental collisions. If we employ Occam’s razor, wouldn’t the simpler solution then, in light of the law of entropy, be that there must be a mastermind that took the chaos and made it something beautiful? That designer is God!
What does this mean for us? You and I are not here by accident. God designed you as he intended! You are his prized creation, his masterpiece!
- Out of nothing (Gen 1:2; John 1:3). When God created, He didn’t take remnants of existing things. Nor did God create from the carcasses of dead deities (like other ancient myths). Rather, he created from the formless and void. He made something out of nothing! He gave purpose and meaning to that which did not exist in the void.
What does this mean for us? No matter how impossibly dark things look, God can create out of our nothingness too! There is no limit to what God can do!
- God speaks worlds into existence (Gen 1:3-5; John 1:1-2). God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light! God’s Word is so powerful that everything responds to it, for his Word carries authority and weight. When God speaks, it is not meaningless or empty words but words that carry life. Do we trust the authority in His Word?
What does this mean for us? If God speaks something into our lives, it will come to pass!
- All life comes from God (John 1:4). God created things to live, filling it with his very life. All that lives is made possible in God. Any source that says God is not full of life is a lie from the evil one, for death came as a result of sin and pride.
What does this mean for us? If we want to live, we need to be connected to the source of life. Separation from God cuts off our source of life!
- God is the light (John 1:4-5). Without light, nothing can live. Light is so powerful that it expels darkness. Light cannot contain darkness, and darkness can not contain light. God has given us his light, his truth, and everything we need to live.
What does this mean for us? We cannot dwell in the light and darkness at the same time. It requires us to choose–will we live for God, or for something else?
- Darkness cannot overcome the light (John 1:5). Whenever light is present, darkness is cast out. If we have the light of Christ in us, we cannot be overcome by darkness. The only way darkness can reign in us is if we choose to walk out of the light or block God’s light. It is by living in purposeful rebellion against God, embracing culture, darkness, and Satan.
What does this mean for us? Do we want to walk in the light? Or do we walk in the darkness? If we want to walk in the light, we must put away darkness and make the choices that reflect God’s light!
Questions for Reflection
1) Is God the source of everything we do? If not, what do we need to remove from our lives?
2) How do you view yourself? How can your perspective change knowing you are God’s masterpiece?
3) What chaos exists in your life? Do you believe in the God of the impossible?
4) Have you received a personal word from God? Are you living in accordance with that word?
5) Are you walking in God’s light, or in darkness? What items of darkness do you need to remove from your life?
This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the Foundations of our Faith series, specifically the topic “Who is God?” Ryan will preach the sermon “God of All Our Days,” based on Exodus 3:7-15 and Daniel 7:7-14. The God of our ancestors is the same God we worship today, and will be the same God of our tomorrow. How does this truth impact our faith? Come or tune in on Sunday to find out!
Daily Bible Readings for January 23 – 29
January 23: Exodus 20:1-17 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 24: Exodus 32:7-14, 31-35 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 25: Exodus 33:12-23 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 26: Numbers 6:22-27 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 27: Numbers 14:17-25 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 28: Numbers 22:21-35 What does this passage teach us about God?
January 29: Deuteronomy 4:15-31 What does this passage teach us about God?
This Week’s Events:
Sunday, January 28–Worship Team Meeting @ 7 pm
Sunday, February 4–Congregational Business Meeting after church w/ Soup & Salad donation lunch provided by Women’s Fellowship
Sunday, February 4–First Sunday Breakfast & First Sunday Offering
NEW YEAR-LONG SERIES
We live in a day and time when our beliefs are challenged. Can we articulate what we believe? For the entirety of 2024, we will be going through a series called the “Foundations of Our Faith.” Each Sunday, we will explore a different key belief or concept that is foundational to Christianity. Each concept will come straight from the Bible. Our first topic will be exploring who God is according to the Bible.
I encourage you through this year to allow these messages to strengthen your faith! The apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). And Paul wrote, “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). Our world needs hope. May we, as we deepen our faith together, not only grow in the depth of our knowledge of Jesus but also share that hope in a world that needs it!
If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.
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Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story
We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY
Children’s Church WILL meet this Sunday, January 28.
CONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING & LUNCH
Our next Congregational Business Meeting will occur Sunday, February 4, immediately after service. The Women’s Fellowship will provide a soup and salad lunch for donation. After we eat, we will conduct the meeting in the fellowship hall. Packets with the reports are available in the narthex!
Thank you to all who have volunteered to take the assessment. I need only two more volunteers. However, for demographic purposes, both volunteers must be under 40. If you are under 40 and are willing to take these assessments for my class, please email me as soon as possible.
BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP INQUIRY
Are you interested in following the Lord’s example in baptism? Would you like to become a member of the church? If so, please respond to Pastor Ryan or reach out to the church office. We would like to have a baptism/new member ceremony on Pentecost Sunday, and Pastor Ryan would like to have a baptism/new member class in advance of that day. As of this email, there are already three possible baptismal candidates! If you would like to participate, please reach out!
The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!
Sight & Sound Interest
The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!
Four Ways to Give!
1) Mail your tithe to the church office
2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm
3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving
4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!
Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine
Keep Evy Kaye’s friend Mary Beth in your prayers as she is wrestling with cancer.
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Joe Berry (health)
Terri Burkholder (health)
Katie Cooper (concussion)
Norma Cunningham (recovery)
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Elijah Tucker Dean (health)
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Betty Miller (health)
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Tami Plaugher (health)
Ann Simmons (health)
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