The Apostles Creed begins by affirming our belief in God. The Bible does not set out to prove God. Instead we find assumptions which take God for granted. 'Only the fool says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 53:1). The Apostle Paul thought that everybody should believe in God, because it was so blatantly obvious from creation that there was God, all one had to do was look at the world around (Romans 1:18-20).
As you prepare for our Weekly Gathering, 6.17.18, at FCBC, we will look at the foundational truth that God brought everything into existence, which is everything apart from himself—including angels, Satan, and his demons—since God is the one and only thing that has never been created.
Please read Genesis 1-2 and ask yourself these questions:
- What is the first thing we learn about God based on Genesis 1:1? Why is this an important starting point for the entire Bible?
- According to Genesis 1:1, how many God(s) are there? How does monotheism (belief that there is only one God) shape our outlook and our practice of worship in ways that are fundamentally different from polytheism (belief that there are many gods)?
- How does John 1:1-11 supplement Genesis 1 and 2?
- According to Gen 1:27-2:25, what do we learn about mankind? How is this foundational for the rest of the biblical story line (including morality)?
Suggested Reading: I am often asked to recommend books that help believers articulate their belief that God created everything with those who are convinced that science has somehow disproved or buried God. There are over 50 great books on this subject, but here are 8 great authors.
- Longer, but at a popular level - Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator
- Classic arguments for God’s existence - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
- William Lane Craig’s, “Five Arguments for God” refutes Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion.
- Seminal work on intelligent design, Michael J. Behe, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
- David Berlinksi, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and It’s Scientific Pretensions demolishes claims by scientists that clearly go way beyond scientific evidence.
- A book that helps a believer appreciate positively God’s creation - Mark Futato, Creation: A Witness to the Wonder of God
- Anything by Ken Ham or Ross Hugh