Messages From HopeCC

“The Beginning of Us”

Sermon Outline

This series is all about considering the best explanation for human existence.

Christianity involves a system of beliefs. It is for thinking people, and not a religion that asks people to check their brain at the door.

What best explains the origin of mankind?

Is our world merely the result of randomness and chance?

Why are we so emotionally and intellectually connected, if we're simply a clump of cells… a combination of chemicals and nothing more?

Why do so many of us long for something we've never had or known personally?

The Beginning of Us involves…
1. A Powerful and Eternal Being.

Genesis 1:1-5, 14-16 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.14 Then God said, ″Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth″; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.

Our Universe began at once and whatever caused it created time, space and matter.

Psalm 19:1-4 NKJV The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,

″What non-Christians often ignore is that they cannot definitively answer the ′first cause′ of creation: how life actually came to be. However we answer the question, we cannot do so based on scientific knowledge. Though they are usually reluctant to admit it, skeptics have a position of faith in this area, just as we do.″—Rebecca Pippert

2. An Intelligent and Orderly Being.

Genesis 1:11-12, 20-25 NKJV Then God said, ″Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth″; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.20 Then God said, ″Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.″ 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, ″Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.″ 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24 Then God said, ″Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind″; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

3. A Loving and Personal Being.

Genesis 1:26-31 NKJV Then God said, ″Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.″ 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ″Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.″ 29 And God said, ″See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food″; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.Genesis 2:7 NKJV And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Acts 17:22-27 NKJV Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ″Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

″Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.″—R.C. Sproul

Christians are not confident because of what they think about God, they are confident because of what God has revealed about Himself!