The Aim of this session is to revise our understanding of the Biblical view of creation.
When you have time, look at a few of these interviews with scientists about faith and evolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ But don’t waste too much of your prescious devotional time there.
Hebrews 11:1, 3
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
- The Biblical author use the words “by faith we understand” which may seem like an oxymoron. How do you make sense of that phrase?
- How was creation formed according to this text? What does it refer to?
- The phrase “so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” begs for a pause to reflect. What do you think when you read that phrase?
- The author assumes that one requires faith to conclude God created everything out of nothing. Why do we need faith?
- Why is it reasonable to put our faith in God as the Creator of all? (Hint: what do we know about God – his attributes?) Don’t rush over this one.
- If God is the creator of all things, what are the logical consequences that flow from that truth? i.e. how does it impact creation, and you as part of creation?
Close by praying with David from Psalm 8 (use your own words where you feel to expand or rephrase)
1 To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen– Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!