We LOVE our new series, Mystery Manor! In this series, we are joining our friends Stevie and Parker to become like detectives to search for the answers to mysterious questions we often have about God. This week we searched for the answer to the question, "Is God Real?"
Need to Know: God Is Real! He Created Things That Are Impossible For People To Make!"
Christ Connection: Colossians 1:15-22 reveals that Christ is ruler over all of God's creation. All of creation was created through Him, by Him, and for Him. Everything was created to give glory to Christ, but people would choose not to give Him glory. The rest of the Bible reveals how Jesus would restore the relationship between God and man.
Bible Story: Creation, Genesis 1-2
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth--all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a dark soup of nothing, a bottomless emptiness. God's Spirit watched like a bird above the deep, dark water.
God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. God saw that light was good. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, and it was morning--Day One.
God spoke: "Sky!" And there it was: he named the sky the Heavens; it was evening, and it was morning--Day Two.
God spoke: "Land, appear!" And there it was. God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good.
God spoke: "Earth! Grow all varieties of green plants, every sort of fruit tree." And there it was. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning--Day Three.
God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night." And there it was. God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, the smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning--Day Four.
God spoke: "Ocean, fill with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!" God saw that it was good. God blessed them: "Fish in the waters--have children! Birds in the sky--have children!" It was evening, it was morning--Day Five.
God spoke: "Earth! Become alive with every kind of life!" And there it was: wild animals of every kind, cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.
God spoke: "Let us make people to reflect our image, so they can take care of the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself." God created people in his image, reflecting his nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: "Have children! Take care of every living thing on the Earth."
Then God said, "I've given you every sort of plant and fruit tree for food. To everything that moves and breathes I give whatever grows out of the ground for food." And there it was.
God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning--Day Six.
Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail.
By the seventh day God had finished his work. He rested on the seventh day, he rested from all his work.
God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done.
My First Message, Eugene Peterson, p.11-16
We hope to see you next week as we continue to solve mysterious questions about God! We have services at 9:30 and 11 at both our Tharpe Street and Leon High School locations.