In his second sermon on Genesis, Pastor Steve reviewed the concept of ex-nihilo,
or creating something out of nothing. He created by fiat: He said so and it came into existence, an idea that conflicts with scientists, who can’t accept the idea of a God with no starting point. To affirm God as Creator, Steve referred to numerous scriptures. Among them:
- Hebrews 11:3:“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
- Psalm 148:5-6: “For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.”
- Revelation 4:11: “for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Steve noted the latter verse is why he doesn’t hold to theistic evolution, which says God set everything in motion; that diminishes the idea of God speaking things into existence.
On the whiteboard he used during his sermon, Steve included a diagram marked “pre-history,” or the fact that the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existed before the creation of the world. That concept is affirmed by John 1:1, which deliberately echoes the first verse of Genesis. It is important we understand the person of Christ is separate from the Father and the Son; Colossians 1:15-16 says that in Jesus all things were created.
“What are we saying when we say God created ex-nihilo?” Steve asked. “For His sake and His glory God created out of nothing and continues to hold creation together by the word of His power—because He is God. Our hearts are prone to wander (from the truth) because all we know is what we heard in Sunday school 35 years ago.”
He mentioned that every author in the New Testament refers to Genesis. There are 60 references to the first 11 chapters of Genesis in the New Testament, and 103 overall. Yet, the Christian worldview that holds to God as creator is under increasing attack. Any time you turn on the TV or watch a program you will see a naturalistic view that is aiming to make Christians feel silly. The same is true on the college campus and other environments.
“Christians need to know why we believe what we believe, or else you will get emotional and angry,” Steve said. “My hope is through the study of Genesis you will get a grasp of a Christian worldview.”