Bible Overview 1: There is a Creator

I’m no scientist. I’m not even an armchair scientist. This means that the level at which I engage with cosmology and astronomy basically amounts to looking at the stars and going “oooh!” So please don’t switch off if some of the facts are wrong or outdated because the simple point that I’m trying to make is that the universe is mind-blowing.

Apparently, the speed of light is about 186,000 miles per second which is so fast that it travels the circumference of the earth roughly 7 or 8 times per second.

Our galaxy is so vast that in order to measure the distance between the stars, we are forced to use something called “light-years”. This is the distance that light can travel, at 186000 miles per second, in one year.

Our galaxy, the “Milky Way” galaxy is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter. I’ll let you do the math. The Andromeda Galaxy is about 2.75 million light-years away. And our Local Group of galaxies is about 6 million light-years in diameter. The farthest objects ever viewed were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope and are thought to be about 12.5 billion light-years away!

It’s completely befuddling isn’t it? Yet here is something even more amazing… Before the oldest star, and beyond the furthest star, is God. God was there in the beginning and is infinitely greater than all of the combined galaxies that we will ever discover.

I was recently asked the question “who made God?” by a group of 8 year olds. Even at that age the question is inevitable. Everything in our experience has a beginning and an end. Even those who do not believe the Bible know that the universe began at some point. Surely it is the same with God we think. Yet it is precisely this finitude that separates God from everything else. He is the Creator and everything that exists was made by him. God is the only being, the only entity, that is infinite and eternal.

This is the beginning of the gospel: There is a God and he is the only eternal Creator and this is only a sliver of the mystery behind the words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

The Wood from the Trees

When we move from Sunday to Sunday and from message to message we can often lose sight of the big picture of what God is teaching us through the letter as a whole. So here is an attempt to take a step back and remind you of the big picture. Hopefully this will help you to hold the individual Sunday messages together in your minds and apply them in your hearts.

Fighting for Joy in Philippians

At the heart of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a plea to fight for Joy in our Christian lives regardless of the circumstances. Rejoicing in Christ together is the key to survival as Christians. If we lose our joy then we will not last. Here is a reminder of the some of the exhortations we have seen so far:

  1. Rejoice over one another because your partnership in the gospel.
  2. Rejoice when your faith is under pressure because the gospel is advanced through our trials.
  3. Rejoice because your unity and courage in the face of opposition is a sign of your salvation.
  4. Rejoice in Christ-like humility and obedience; even if it leads to death.
  5. Rejoice in the Christ-like examples of godly men and women in the church.

Walking by Faith in Genesis

The account Abraham’s life in Genesis is an account of a man given an extraordinary promise and called to believe God against the odds. As Christians we are also called, like Abraham, to walk in the certainty of things hoped for and for things unseen. Here are some of the lessons we have learned from Abraham about what it means to live by faith in God’s promise.

  1. Walking by faith is an adventure of trust and obedience.
  2. Walking by faith will mean that our faith will be put under pressure.
  3. Walking by faith means trusting in God and giving him the glory for his protection.
  4. Walking by faith means resting in the assurance he has provided through his promise and his oath.
  5. Walking by faith means that we trust that God will always do what is right even if it is hard to understand.

Bear Fruit For God

My prayer is that God’s Word would continue to shape and mould us into the image of Jesus Christ and that these simple summaries will be helpful to that end.