Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
What a fantastic weekend! We just started our 31-week journey through The Story, beginning with the very first chapter: Creation. Hopefully you purchased your copy of the story and are reading each chapter ahead of time, but if you haven’t, they’re still available in every campus bookstore!
In the lesson this weekend, we began The Story with an intro to the main character: God. In the first chapter, we get a glimpse into God’s incredible, imaginative, creative power when he creates everything out of nothing. After He creates, God declares it “good.” Things stay “good” for a while, until we are introduced to the antagonist of the story, Satan.
Satan uses the same tactic in the beginning as he has ever since, questioning, twisting, denying, and reversing God’s Word. When Adam and Eve buy into Satan’s lie, committing the first sin against God, it changes everything from that point on. This brings us to our big idea: sin changes everything. Eventually, as we see in chapter 1, the sin problem gets so bad that God wipes out everyone on earth with a flood, save for one family and two of every animal.
Luckily it doesn’t end there! In Genesis 3:15 we get a glimmer of hope, that someday a Savior would come and destroy death brought about by our sin. From the beginning, the Creator had a plan to bring us hope, life, and healing through Jesus Christ.
The Story will continue next week with chapter 2. Don’t forget to read it before you come to service!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:20-22; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:1,4-5; John 10:10; John 8:44; 1 Peter 2:24-25
“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, of who you are, into something a little different from what it was before.
With all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature; either into a man that is in harmony with God, and with others, or else into one that is in a state of war with God, and with others. To be the one kind of creature is joy and peace; to be the other means madness, rage and eternal loneliness.
Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Alive – Hillsong
At Your Name – Phil Wickham
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle