StoneBridge Community Church
UNEXPECTED #3: From Nothing to Everything: The Miracle of Creation
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Genesis 1: Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, "Genesis" from the series How It All Began: Genesis 1-11

Creation Accounts in the ANE

"the uniqueness of Genesis is readily apparent if they read the other ancient accounts for themselves. Ancient near eastern parallels provide some helpful cultural insights, but they do not explain the Genesis creation account away." —John A. Bloom and C. John Collins, "Creation Accounts and Ancient Near Eastern Religions" Christian Research Institute

Creation Ex Nihilo

Derek Thomas, "Creation Ex Nihilo" Ligonier Ministries © Tabletalk magazine.
1. Science supports…
1. Science supports the idea of a creation event.

Cosmology, the Big Bang, and the Beginning

"At first the scientific community was very reluctant to accept the idea of a birth of the universe... It took time, observational evidence, and careful verification of predictions made by the Big Bang model to convince the scientific community to accept the idea of a cosmic genesis...[T]he Big Bang is a very successful model...that imposed itself on a reluctant scientific community."" —"Cosmology, the Big Bang, and the Beginning" Truthbomb Apologetics

Mathematics of Eternity Prove the Universe Had a Beginning

"Mathematics of Eternity Prove the Universe Had a Beginning" MIT Technology Review, April 24, 2012.

Robert Jastrow Interview

“Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.” —Transcript of planetary physicist and NASA scientist Robert Jastrow's interview with Christianity Today.

Beyond the Big Bang

William Lane Craig, "Beyond the Big Bang" BeThinking website

A Personal God is the Best Explanation

J. Warner Wallace, "A Personal God is the Best Explanation for the Beginning of the Universe" Cold Case Christianity

Cosmic Reasons To Believe in Christ

Fascinating lecture by astronomer and physicist Hugh Ross, Ph.D. "Cosmic Reasons To Believe in Jesus Christ" YouTube video.
For reflection/discussion
Why, in your judgment, are some scientists not only reluctant to accept the idea of a universe that has a beginning, but find the idea "irritating" (Einstein) and even "repugnant" (Eddington)? What evidence is there that the universe has existed for a finite amount of time? What are the implications of that finding?

2. Creation is…
2. Creation is a work of art that points to a Creator.

You Are God's Workmanship

"You are a piece of work — God’s work. When Paul says that you are God’s “workmanship,” don’t think of your clunky seventh grade shop class project. Think of The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, or The Faerie Queen — great works of epic poetry."The Greek word Paul chose for this sentence is “poiema,” and what he had in mind is a work of masterful creativity. You can already tell that this is where we get our English word “poem.” Paul selected this word carefully. The only other time in Scripture he used it was in Romans 1:20: 'For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.' —John Bloom, "You Are God's Workmanship" Desiring God, May 11, 2015.

God's Two Great Masterpieces

“God has written two poetic masterpieces, as it were, one in the physical creation, one in the lives of men and women redeemed and saved by His grace (Eph 2:8). Both give eloquent testimony to the eternal power and Godhead of the Creator-Redeemer.” Two great 'divine poems' – the created world and re-created, redeemed men and women in that world." —"Poiema Greek Word Study" Preseptaustin website
For reflection/discussion
The materialist/naturalist worldview asserts that human beings were not created by came into being through the random interaction of natural laws and forces. The Christian worldview proclaims that we are part of God's creation. How do we determine which is correct? What are the implications of choosing one of these options over the other?
3. The ultimate purpose…
3. The ultimate purpose of creation is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The Supremacy of Christ

J. Hampton Keathley III, "The Supremacy of the Person of Christ (Col. 1:15-18)" from the series Paul's Letter to the Colossians: An Exegetical and Devotional Commentary

The Early 'High Christology' of Jesus

"As a skeptic, I was surprised to find that the earliest document evidence we have related to Jesus describes Him as a miracle worker who claimed to be God and rose from the dead. In the earliest documents, Jesus was worshiped as God, displayed the power of God, and spoke as though He were God. The writers of Scripture were quick to describe Jesus as more than a simple, wise teacher; they described Him as the Christ." —J. Warner Wallace, "The Early 'High Christology' of Jesus" Cold Case Christianity
For reflection/discussion
When you think of Jesus, do you tend to think of him mostly as a special human being, or as God the Son? Why is it important that Christians understand Jesus to be both divine and human? What is lost or distorted if we think of him only as human? What is lost or distorted when we think of him only as God?

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