We met last night for our last session of 2019, beginning our study of God as Creator.
We asked 'How?' - how has God created? Looking at Ps 65, we saw that God's creation is as much a present-tense activity as it is a past-tense one, and he creates as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (We also spoke a little bit about how Christians have approached Genesis and responded to the challenge of Darwinian evolution.)
We asked 'Why?' - why has God created anything? Put simply, creation is a decree of grace. None of us asked to be born, and yet here we are. God freely chose to be a Creator God, and freely chose us to exist as his creatures. All of creation is an act of unmerited, undeserved grace, all through and for the Son! (Col 1:15-20)
We asked 'What?' - what has God created? In the New Year we'll look at human nature, and at our being made in his image. But last night we looked at his having created invisible things (e.g. angels and demons), as well as the whole universe, and animal life. How ought we, as Christians, to approach these things?
Find below a copy of the notes, as well as the hymn that was played - This Is My Father's World, by Wilder Adkins.
Last night we started our study of God as Creator - the "maker of Heaven and Earth, of all that is, seen and unseen"!
We covered some amazing topics, many of which we don't usually hear that much about. Why did God create anything? What's the significance of him choosing to be a Creator God in the first place? How should we understand angels and demons and the great heavenly host? What's the role of the cosmos and the earth in God's great theatre? How should we conceive of animals in biblical perspective?
This is only Part One - next time we'll do the sequel, all about the nature of humanity.
For the time being, find the notes for last night's session below as well as the hymn I played, "This Is My Father's World".
Second year TTS students - click here for the S5 notes!
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