by Jerry Vines

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The God of Creation (3 of 14)
World in a Week
Jerry Vines
Genesis 1:1

I am doing a series of studies on creation as given to
us in God's Word in Genesis 1. I'm calling this series
of studies, "A World in a Week." These messages are
especially dedicated to our young people and I am
preaching them for our young people -- our middle
schoolers, our high schoolers, and our college-age
young people. I am looking at science and the Bible.
I'm talking about evolution versus creation. This
evening the message is going to be entitled, "The God
of Creation."

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the
earth" (Genesis 1, verse 1). This is the first
statement in the Bible and it is foundational to
everything which follows. It is also foundational to
personal life and to all logical thinking.

Not only is it a first statement, a foundational
statement, but also it is a statement of fact
concerning the origin of the universe. This is the
only factual account we have of how the world came
into existence. God's own authoritative statement
about origins is this: "In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth."

It is also a rather remarkable statement about the
essential elements of the universe. "In the beginning
(time), God created the heaven (space) and the earth"
(matter). We understand that these are three essential
elements for the existence of the universe. There has
to be time, there has to be space, and there has to be
matter. Those three elements alone do not explain the
existence of the universe. Nor can the universe
continue without some other element.

There are two views about what that other element is.
On the one hand there is the view of evolution. On the
other hand there is the view of creation. There are
not three views; not four views. There are not only
two views, but there are only two basic positions. You
have to believe that the world came into existence b ...

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