StoneBridge Community Church
UNEXPECTED #4: The Miracle That Is Your Life
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • 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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Psalm 8: Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, "Psalm 8" from the series Psalms: The Hymnal of Israel

Psalm 8: God's Majesty and Ours

Steven J. Cole, "Psalm 8: God's Majesty and Ours" from the series Psalms

Are Single Cells Really Simple?

How did life begin? Many believe it began by chance as a simple single-celled organism. But even the simplest cells reveal evidence of design. —Rick Avent, "Origin of Life: Are Single Cells Really Simple?"

The Inner Life of a Cell (Video)

Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This award winning piece was the first topic in a series of animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard's educational website BioVisions at Harvard. YouTube (7:59)
"Nobody knows how a mixture of lifeless chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell." —Dr. Paul Davies, New Scientist

The Problem of Abiogenesis

An excellent summary outlining a number of significant problems that are involved in a purely random, materialistic explanation of the origins of life, written to encourage students to consider careers in biology. "Abiogenesis: Students should know basic problems a successful hypothesis must overcome."

The Complexity of Life

Hank Hanegraaff, "The Complexity of Life" Christian Research Institute

How the Origin of Life Points to the Existence of God (Video)

This excellent video by former atheist J. Warner Wallace summarizes the case for God's existence from the origin of life. —J. Warner Wallace, "How the Origin of Life Points to the Existence of God" Cold Case Christianity (14:31)
"Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose." Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker

Mount Rushmore gives the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.

1. Rejoice…
1. Rejoice in the miracle of life.

How Big is the Universe?

Nola Taylor Redd, "How Big is the Universe?" Space
For reflection/discussion
What do you remember being taught about the origin of life in your high school or college biology classes? How can science help us appreciate better the miracle of life? What are your thoughts on Dr. Paul Davies admission in the New Scientist that "Nobody knows how a mixture of lifeless chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell"? Many scientists have argued, and courts have agreed, that "Intelligent Design" theory is not science. Is it? Why or why not?
2. Recognize…
2. Recognize the special place you hold in the heart of God.
For reflection/discussion
Why is it important to know that, even in the vastness of an unimaginably huge universe, that we matter to God? What evidence do we have that we matter to God?
3. Reflect…
3. Reflect God’s glory in the way you live your life every day.
“You cannot worship and glorify the majesty of God while treating his supreme creation with contempt.” —John Piper

Christians and the Environment

Calvin B. DeWitt and Robert Nash, "Christians and the Environment: How Should Christians Think about the Environment?" Christian Research Institute
For reflection/discussion
How can you reflect God's glory in the way you live your life every day? If all human beings have been created in God's image and likeness, what implications does this have for how we think about and treat others? How we think about and treat the planet entrusted to our care? Given what the Bible teaches about our role to care for others and for God's creation, why do Christians disagree on social policy issues such as caring for the poor, the homeless, refugees, and the environment?

Fingerprints of God (Video)

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote and dedicated the song "Fingerprints of God" to his daughter Emily who, at the time had turned 13 —Steven Curtis Chapman, "Fingerprints of God" from the album Speechless

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