Chestnut Ridge Church
In the Beginning - Part 1
Tim Haring — In the Beginning is a series focusing on what God has made known about himself in the first three chapters of the Bible.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM, Sunday 5:00 PM
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Music from today
Witness [Derek Jones (Special Vocal)], The Lion and the Lamb, Fierce, I Can't Believe [Derek Jones (Lead Vocal), Becca Deming and Emily Garcia (Background Vocals)]

Services are now on Sundays (only) at 9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm. There is programming for birth through 8th grade at both morning services, with plans to add limited childcare during the Sunday evening service in the near future.

Starting Point Orientations will be THIS Sunday, January 8, after each service (9 am, 11 am, and 5 pm). Find out more at

Celebrate Recovery resumes January 9 at 6:30 pm. For more info, go to

Grief Share begins January 26. Losing someone hurts, but you don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Grief Share provides resources and people who understand what you are going through, as you look toward rebuilding your life and taking steps to recover from your loss. Register at

Beginning February 1st: Divorce and separation are among life’s most difficult and painful experiences. Divorce Care provides healing and support in a group setting for people who are going through separation or divorce. To register, visit

Come sing songs of praise and worship on January 27 at 6:30 pm at The Ridge.

January 28—Attend this one-day workshop to learn God’s promises, advice, warning and wisdom with regard to handling money, and learn how to apply these biblical principles to your finances. For more info, visit the Crown Financial kiosk in the lobby today, or register at

In the Beginning [January 8, 2017] Tim Haring

Different religions have differing ideas of what God is like. But who is God? How can we know Him? And what difference does any of it make?

In the Beginning is a series focusing on what God has made known about himself in the first three chapters of the Bible in the book of Genesis. Join us in discovering how life changing this information can be in our relationship with God and with others.
There is a great deal of evidence for the existence of God.
"More consequences for thought and action follow from the affirmation or denial of God than from answering any other question."
- Mortimer Adler
There is enough information in a single thread of human DNA to fill 600,000 pages of information. That is specified complexity, not just aesthetics. One scientist has remarked that the possibility of the human enzyme and our chemical makeup coming together by accident is one in ten to the 40,000th power. Ten to the 40,000th power is more than all the atoms in all of the known galaxies of the universe.
– Ravi Zacharias
· The “universal” concept of God
General Argument or Universal Belief Argument

“If every effect has a cause adequate to produce it, God is the only cause adequate to produce such a universal belief in God. Therefore, the universal belief in God was caused by God and is evidence that God exists.”
“…How likely it is that non-purposeful natural laws should produce the objective beauty that we find all around us. For example, the features of the world such as a sun-set, fall in Vermont, the human body, the Rocky Mountains [and] the singing of birds. . . all exhibit real, objective beauty and suggests that: the beauty in the examples cannot be accounted for in terms of survival value, natural selection, and the like.” – J.P. Moreland
· God’s communication with us.
There is a great deal of evidence for the existence of God.
Discussion Questions:

1. Were you raised in a family where everyone believed in God?

2. Why do you think some people don’t believe in God? Was there ever a time when you personally didn’t believe in God? If so, what convinced you that God really did exist?

3. How would you try to convince someone that God existed?

4. Read Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:18-20. In what ways does creation reveal the existence of God? What are some of God’s attributes or characteristics that are revealed through creation (for example, the sun reveals his glory)?

5. Do you agree that everyone was born with a conscience? Read Romans 2:14-16. How does the presence of a conscience make a case for the existence of God?

6. Read Psalm 19:7-11. Do you sense when you are reading the Bible that it is truly different than any other book? What evidence do we have that the Bible really is the Word of God?

7. Read Hebrews 1:1-2 and John 1:1-2. In what way is Jesus the ultimate proof that God exists?

8. Of the six evidences for God that were talked about in the message this weekend—creation, the conscience, the universal concept of God, the presence of beauty or creativity, God’s communication through the Bible and Christ—which, for you, is the most compelling argument for God’s existence?

9. How might you apply this lesson to your life?

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