The big idea of this series is: Knowing our story shapes our decisions, our identity, and our mission. It is crucial we know our story as the people of God in such a time as this.
Last week we began our story at creation, that all God made was very good. The world we live in now was not God's intention. It is the result of today's word, Catastrophe.
In Genesis 3 we see the serpent casting doubt on God's goodness. The serpent makes Eve wonder if God is withholding something good from her. Do you ever wonder if God has your best interests at heart?
Genesis 3:6-7 we see that sin enters the world. Notice that this is a choice that Eve AND Adam make. They move from living in complete vulnerability between God and each other to covering themselves us. This text reveals two important points:
1) Sin overpromises and under believers.
2) Sin is a choice.
Sin is more than missing the mark. Sin is more than offending God's law. Sin is choosing to be God yourself, to be your own authority in your decision making. The result of sin is separation from God, each other and even affects creation. Sin is a disease that affects us all.
We see in Genesis 3-11 that sin grows. We see the first murder, of revenge murder threats, how people thought of evil continually, the flood because of sin, the fall of Noah, and the tower of babel. Instead of filling the earth, humans build a city and build a tower to make a name for themselves. In other words, to be like God.
How will God redeem humanity? That is next week's message.
Each Sunday this year we are asking, "What is my next step?" Unless you are perfect, there is always a next step that we can take towards Christ.
1) Do you believe God has your best interests at heart?
Do you doubt and trust him. Don't answer too quickly.
2) Look Inward
In Matthew 7 Jesus says to take the log out of your own eye before you try to take it out of others. Take an honest look at the sin in your heart. Your actions, thoughts, and words. Judgment begins with us as the people of God
3) Be a star with one action this week
Martin Luther King said, "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." He also said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" In this time of increased hostility, perform an act of service. Listen to someone different than you. Donate your time. Make a phone call. Give to an organization you trust.
We as the body of Christ need to shine in the midst of this darkness. The good news is that people will see Christ more easily. Be a star.