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Pastor Shane Ham : Maker of Heaven and Earth

The Creed · 46:29 · Recorded June 27, 2021

“Maker Of Heaven And Earth”

John 1:1-5, 9-12, 18 (NIV) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it… 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God… 18No one has ever seen God, but God the one and only, who is at the father’s side, has made him known.

A word before:

The biblical doctrine of creation is concerned with meaning over method.

What is the biblical doctrine of creation?

1. It’s real, as opposed to the teaching of pantheism.

– There’s an objective reality that you have to submit to.

2. It’s good, as opposed to the teaching of legalism.

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 95:4-5 (NIV) In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

– God is so committed to the goodness of creation that he enters into it.

Luke 24:40-43 (NIV) When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet… he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

3. It’s designed, as opposed to the teaching of secularism.

– You only know the liberty of obedience when you find the purpose for which you were created.

4. It’s finite, as opposed to the teaching of paganism.

– When you don’t look behind the created to the creator, your heart will rest in the created.

What does it mean for me?

– I’m committed to creation.

John 2:7-9 (NCV) Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled the jars to the top. Then he said to them, “Now take some out and give it to the master of the feast.” So they took the water to the master…When he tasted it, the water had become wine.

– I can enjoy creation!

– I’m a rebuilder of creation.

2 Corinthians 5:18 (HCSB) Everything is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

Psalm 19:1-2 (NIV) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.

Matthew 27:46 (NIV) About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Philippians 2:7 (HCSB) Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when he had come as a man in his external form,…

A Final Thought:

God is so committed to creation, he sent his son.

Talk It Over
  • Where have you applied the practical application of biblical teaching? What areas of your life have you not applied this teaching? What is keeping you from putting into practice what God is teaching you?

  • Have you caught yourself creating your own “reality” versus relying on God’s vision for your life?

  • The world has created a culture of “self-worship”. Reflect on your own life. In what areas or ways have you fallen into this?

  • Read back through your notes: God is so committed to the goodness of creation that he enters into it. How amazing is it that God stepped into this world in order to save you? Spend time in prayer or journaling on what God has done in your life.

  • Reread John 2:7-9. Where is the wine level (zest for life) in your life right now? Full? Half-full? Empty? What is draining you? What area seems like stale water in an old jug? How could Jesus bring celebration back into your life?

  • Think back to when you first committed your life to Jesus. How has God rebuilt your life? Take time to reflect and celebrate his transforming power.

  • Parents, talk to your children about how powerful a choice it was for God to step down into our world to save us. He had each of us in mind when he made this decision. How we can honor God in our daily lives to thank him for all that he has done? How we treat others? How we take care of the environment, the animals he created?

  • Where have you applied the practical application of biblical teaching? What areas of your life have you not applied this teaching? What is keeping you from putting into practice what God is teaching you?

  • Have you caught yourself creating your own “reality” versus relying on God’s vision for your life?

  • The world has created a culture of “self-worship”. Reflect on your own life. In what areas or ways have you fallen into this?

  • Read back through your notes: God is so committed to the goodness of creation that he enters into it. How amazing is it that God stepped into this world in order to save you? Spend time in prayer or journaling on what God has done in your life.

  • Reread John 2:7-9. Where is the wine level (zest for life) in your life right now? Full? Half-full? Empty? What is draining you? What area seems like stale water in an old jug? How could Jesus bring celebration back into your life?

  • Think back to when you first committed your life to Jesus. How has God rebuilt your life? Take time to reflect and celebrate his transforming power.

  • Parents, talk to your children about how powerful a choice it was for God to step down into our world to save us. He had each of us in mind when he made this decision. How we can honor God in our daily lives to thank him for all that he has done? How we treat others? How we take care of the environment, the animals he created?

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