In the new sermon series, “The Bible: The Story of God’s Love,” we’re following the flow of the Bible’s story. To do that, one must actually identify the story line to follow. To do that, we must start at the beginning—the very beginning. Our passages for this week’s message was Genesis 1:1-2, Psalm 33:4-9, John 1:1-5.
The interesting thing about the creation story is that it’s not primarily about creation. It’s about the Creator God. He is the subject of the creation story, and the main character in the Bible.
- What can you say about the character of the Creator God based on Genesis 1:1?
- What is the significance that God’s creative power comes through His Word?
- Notice the parallel between Gen.1:1 and John 1:1. What conclusions can we draw from this parallel?
- “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen.1:2). The image is one of a mother bird that hovers over her brood. What does this image seek to convey about God? Where else in the Scripture do we see the Spirit of God hover as a bird?
In our Old Testament reading from Genesis 1:3-23, we see that God gave shape to the world that was “without form” and filled the world that was “void.” (Gen.1:2)
- What pattern can you discern in the first three days of creation and the last three days of creation? How are they related?
- What is the purpose of creation?
- The Psalmist says the creative power of God should strike fear in the hearts of all peoples. Why fear? Do you ponder creation regularly? When you discern the work of God in creation, what effect does it have on your heart?
“Every work of God serves to display his glory, and set off the greatness of his majesty.”—John Gill