In The Beginning

Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The first verse of the Bible introduces us to its main character; God. This verse is not a philosophical statement but an axiom upon which all other statements will be based. As we venture through the Bible together we will read of the great exploits of God. We will hear of Him speaking to men, parting sees, knocking down walls, vanquishing enemies, stopping time, raising the dead and providing salvation for mankind. If this first statement is true, if God spoke and the worlds were formed, then we should have no problem believing that there is nothing that He cannot do. If we accept this first sentence of Scripture we will have no problem accepting all the miracles that follow. We will have no problem accepting that there is nothing too hard for God and we will live with an expectation of Him accomplishing great things in the life of all who live surrendered to Him. 

J.S. Baxter in his commentary on Genesis points out that this one statement is also a basal pronouncement that undoes all false religious philosophies.

“In the beginning God…” – denies atheism with its doctrine of NO god

“In the beginning God…” – denies polytheism with its doctrine of MANY gods

“In the beginning God created…” – denies fatalism with its doctrine of CHANCE

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth…” – denies pantheism with its doctrine of making earth god

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth…” – denies materialism which asserts the eternity of matter

This first testimony of Scripture is not only a declaration of divine truth but is also a repudiation of human error. As we read though the Bible together we will will be further introduced to the God of creation. We will see that He is also the God of salvation who desires an intimate and personal relationship with all of us. It is my prayer that you will take Him up on His offer of eternal life and walk closely with Him today. 

Pastor Jim 

  

Jim Gallagher

Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The first verse of the Bible introduces us to its main character: God. This verse is not a philosophical statement, but an axiom upon which all other statements will be based. As we venture through the Bible together, we will read of the great exploits of God. We will hear of Him speaking to men, parting seas, knocking down walls, vanquishing enemies, stopping time, raising the dead, and providing salvation for mankind. If this first statement is true, if God spoke, and the worlds were formed, then we should have no problem believing there is nothing He cannot do. If we accept this first sentence of Scripture, we will have no problem accepting all the miracles that follow. We will have no problem accepting that there is nothing too hard for God, and we will live with an…

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Easy As 1,2,3

2 Samuel 5:7
“Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).”

After taking the throne and ruling over all of Israel, David focused his attention on three crucial areas that would help to guarantee a long and successful reign.

First, he established Jerusalem as the capital of the nation. Jerusalem was centrally located and easily defendable. Although Shiloh housed the Tabernacle, Israel had lacked a central political capital. Choosing Jerusalem as the capital made a statement of a new beginning for the nation. They would not be continuing on as they had been for so many years, but would be starting fresh. This is one of the greatest benefits of becoming a child of God. Paul wrote, “. . .behold, all things become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We do not have to carry around the baggage of the past when we come to Christ. We can lay it at His feet and have a fresh start at life.

Second, David addressed the Philistine problem. Saul’s approach seemed to be to respond whenever the Philistines attacked. David chose to address them head on. After carefully seeking the Lord, he began a campaign to rid Israel of the Philistines, once and for all. Often, we deal with sin only when it becomes a problem, instead of planning ahead to ensure we have built up safeguards that will make it difficult to stumble. We all have “easily besetting sins” we must guard ourselves against if we are not going to be defeated by them. Perhaps it is time to drive some things out of your life, before you find yourself defeated by them once again.

Finally, David chose to bring the Ark to the center of the nation. Later we will read of his desire to build a Temple, to both house the Ark, and provide a place of worship for the people. Although David will struggle with the “how to” and move the Ark in an inappropriate way, he is showing his desire for God to have center stage in his life, and in the nation. Too often, we give God the back seat, or perhaps even “shotgun,” when we should be giving Him the driver’s seat. The rightful place for Jesus in your life, is sitting on the throne as Lord. Instead of letting Him be a part of your life, you should let Him be Lord of your life. If you make a mistake like David did, look into the Word and see how He wants you to live and “Just do it!”

Pastor Jim

 

In The Beginning

Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

in-the-beginning-title-slide-message-series-950x712-1.jpgThe first verse of the Bible introduces us to its main character: God. This verse is not a philosophical statement, but an axiom upon which all other statements will be based. As we venture through the Bible together, we will read of the great exploits of God. We will hear of Him speaking to men, parting seas, knocking down walls, vanquishing enemies, stopping time, raising the dead, and providing salvation for mankind. If this first statement is true, if God spoke, and the worlds were formed, then we should have no problem believing there is nothing He cannot do. If we accept this first sentence of Scripture, we will have no problem accepting all the miracles that follow. We will have no problem accepting that there is nothing too hard for God, and we will live with an expectation of Him accomplishing great things in the lives of all who live surrendered to Him.

J.S. Baxter, in his commentary on Genesis, points out that this one statement is also a “basal pronouncement that undoes all false religious philosophies.”

“In the beginning God…” – denies atheism with its doctrine of NO god.

“In the beginning God…” – denies polytheism with its doctrine of MANY gods.

“In the beginning God created…” – denies fatalism with its doctrine of CHANCE.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” – denies pantheism with its doctrine of making the earth god.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” – denies materialism, which asserts the eternity of matter.

This first testimony of Scripture is not only a declaration of divine truth, but is also a repudiation of human error. As we read though the Bible together, we will be further introduced to the God of creation. We will see that He is also the God of salvation, who desires an intimate and personal relationship with all of us. It is my prayer that you will take Him up on His offer of eternal life, and walk closely with Him today.

Pastor Jim