Good day, gents!
Today is begins the first week of the ‘Victory Series’ Bible study I had introduced last Sunday. This week’s study takes us into the bedrock foundation of Christian manhood: the story of Creation. The verses in focus are Genesis 1: 1-31 and their implication for man’s purpose and the ordering of existence.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The key point that the study hits on in examining these verses is creation’s (and therefore Man’s) reliance on God for all things. From the movement of the planets to photosynthesis, to human capability for thought, all things are manifested from God’s power and will. God’s existence preceded creation, and his existence is eternal. Study author, Neil T. Anderson, drives this point home in the following statement: “The prophets understood that everything God made was completely dependent upon him for survival. They also recognized that he alone was the sovereign lord of the universe.”
For me, this opening study sets the stage for a further examination of Mankind’s relationship with God and what is expected of us. The expectations of masculinity are tied to God’s sovereignty over creation. This conclusion is touched on in the closing quotation that Anderson chose to include from Roman Author, Tertullian:
“Imagine God wholly employed and absorbed in it – in His hand, His eye, His labor, His purpose, His wisdom, His Providence, and above all, His love. All of these things were dictating the lineaments of humanity. For, whatever was the form and expression that was then given to the clay, it was in his thoughts that Christ would one day become man.” –Tertullian
The study concludes in asking us to consider the following questions:
1.) What do the opening words of the Bible reveal about God?
2.) What does the story of creation reveal about our relationship with God?
3.) How does knowing that God is sovereign and in control of his creation affect the way you conduct your life?
I hope these questions will cause you to pause and consider how this applies to your own life over the coming week.
Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!