Pastor Shane Ham : The Fingerprints of a Creator

Unbelievable · 48:09 · Recorded April 19, 2020

The Fingerprints of a Creator

Psalm 19:1-3 (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. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

Why does it matter?

We ought to live our lives based on truth.

John 8:32 (CEV) “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Peter 3:15 (NJB) Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have.

Matthew 22:37 (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”

Belief shapes behavior.

Worldview

Values

Decisions

Lifestyle

Outcomes

What do the scriptures teach?

Exodus 3:14 (BBE) And God said to him, I AM WHAT I AM:, Say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

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

John 1:1, 3 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The first cause of the universe must be:

  • Nonspatial because it created space.
  • Timeless because it created time.
  • Immaterial because it created matter.
  • Powerful because it created out of nothing.
  • Intelligent because the universe is precise.
  • Personal because it chose to create something out of nothing.

Why are there good reasons to believe?

1. Because of the universe’s comprehensibility.

Psalm 111:2 (NASB) Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.

Science explains ‘When and How’

Scripture explains ‘Why and Who’

2. Because there’s so much good evidence for a creator.

Evidence from cosmology.

Evidence from physics.

Evidence from DNA.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

3. Because of the scripture’s explanatory power.

2 Timothy 3:16 (TEV) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.

2 Peter 1:19-21 (NKJV) And so we have the prophetic word con-firmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

  • Have you struggled with faith versus science? What was the turning point for you?

  • When you read 1 Peter 3:15 what do you feel? Frightened that someone will ask you? Inadequate because you don’t know what to say? Confident that you can share “the hope that you have”? The best start is to simply share your story – “Before I met Jesus, my life was…, when I met Jesus (this is what happened), and now I …”. There is no “right answer” or trick, just share your story (because it’s really his story!).

  • Review point #2 about evidence. Think about the examples Shane gave in the sub-points. Which of these is the most clear to you as an expression of a Creator? Why?

  • In two weeks we’ll be talking about the Bible. Using the scriptures provided under point #3, others you know or find, and Shane’s teaching, spend some time writing down what you believe about the Bible and why you believe it. Prepare for that message with prayer and study, asking God to give you a new revelation about his Word.

  • Here are several authors, scientists, and thinkers you can check out on your own:
    Frank Tureck – Francis Collins – Hugh Ross
    Lee Strobel – Gregory Koukl – William Lane Craig
    John Lennox – Ravi Zacharias – Mark Mittleberg

You might also enjoy some of these YouTube channels:
Cross Examined – Premier On Demand – Dig & Delve
Socrates in the City – ReasonableFaithOrg

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.
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  • Faithful To The End

  • Love So Great

  • Thank You Song

  • King Of My Heart

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