Lesson 4 God Created and Cares for His World
What is a Creed? • A statement telling what we believe or trust
The Three Main Christian Creeds • Apostles: • Nicene: • Athanasian: Written to give a brief summary of main Bible teachings Written to defend the teaching that Jesus is God Written to defend the teaching of the Triune God
Genesis 1-2 • 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. • 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. • 1:31 And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
God created all things • From nothing • By his almighty Word • In six normal days • All things were “very good”
What is evolution? • The hypothesis that all things came into being by chance, developing (evolving) from lower to higher forms.
Hebrews 11:3 • By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Genesis 1:27-28 • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
God gave mankind special blessings • The image of God (holiness, sinlessness) • Authority and rule over other creatures
Genesis 2:18-25 • The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” … For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
God gave mankind special blessings • The image of God (holiness, sinlessness) • Authority and rule over other creatures • Marriage, home, family
Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Gen. 2:15-17 Revelation 4:11
God gave mankind special blessings • The image of God (holiness, sinlessness) • Authority and rule over other creatures • Marriage, home, family • The opportunity to serve and obey him
He [your Father in heaven] causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. Matthew 5:45 Psalm 145:15
God’s Care for His World (God’s Providence) • God gives all his creatures what they need for life
John 6:1-15 • When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” … Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
God’s Care for His World (God’s Providence) • God gives all his creatures what they need for life • By miracles when he wants
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 • For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
God’s Care for His World (God’s Providence) • God gives all his creatures what they need for life • By miracles when he wants • Normally by natural means
Daniel 6 • So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. … “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”
God’s care for his world (God’s Providence) • He gives special care to his believers • Through his good angels (messengers)
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Genesis 50:20 Romans 8:28
God’s care for his world (God’s Providence) • He gives special care to his believers • Through his good angels (messengers) • He makes all things work out for our good