SUNDAY SERMONS

The Rev. Brian Pape - Jun 18, 2017

The Song of Delight

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As modern people, we are prone to primarily ask "how" when we first read the creation account. How did God create the world? Did he do it in six, 24-hour days or not? Was any evolution involved? The list of "how" questions goes on and on. But the main question answered in Genesis 1 is not "how" but "who and why!" Genesis 1 celebrates WHO began the world, what God created, and WHY the world began. Did you know that The Story begins with a song? At least eight times, the refrain of God in Genesis 1 is “It is good! It is good! It is good!” This is the song of sheer delight in the heart of God over all He had created. You and I are made for this song! (Genesis 1, Psalm 100, John 1)

From Series: "The Story"

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Two Towers: The Second Part of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo and Sam experience more dangers and wonders than they ever imagined. At one point, there is a pause in the action and Sam says to Frodo, “I wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into?” What a great question! He assumes there is a bigger picture, something bigger than his own limited experience, something that they have stumbled into that they are now part of. Regrettably, we moderns have lost our story. And we won’t understand our story until we understand The Story. The beginning of creation reveals to us a God who makes everything good, is then grieved by sin, and yet responds with grace. Join us this summer on Sundays at 10am as we study the book of Genesis and discover The Story of making all things new (Rev. 21:5).

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