Big Idea: Jesus says the death of self-lordship is worth it.
Q4: What else did God create? God created all things, and all his creation was very good.
Our memory verse is Genesis 1:31
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
John Calvin: “God has given us, throughout the whole frame-work of this world, clear evidences of his eternal wisdom, goodness, and power; and though hi is in himself invisible, he in a manner becomes visible to us in his works.”
You may have seen this video before, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Are9dDbW24 a zoom out from a person to the edge of the universe, and then a zoom in down to the protons and neutrons. It gives a sense of the breadth and depth of creation. Colossians 1:16-17 says “16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Jesus Christ is holding the very universe together, down to the protons and neutrons, and out to the furthest reaches of the universe.
It might make you feel small, and it rightly should. James 4 says “we are a vapor.” That smallness should lead us to worship.
It also should embolden us, because the God of the universe that has made all things, knows the hairs on your head. He knows you and loves you. He moved heaven and earth to secure your place with him in eternity by the sacrifice of his precious Son.
Share with your children this week the incredible weight and glory of God, and that He is the creator of everything, and that He created them.
Noah learned of God’s faithfulness after building the ark for 100 years. Esther knew that the invisible God pulls the strings of history after she spoke in faith to the King of Persia. Peter saw Jesus’ raw power after he took his own step on the water. Hudson Taylor witnessed God’s saving purposes after he left his homeland and built a life in China for 51 years. Those who planted Cornerstone Church didn’t see a single convert until after they left the safety of their former church family.
What steps of faith is God asking us to take? What will happen after we do?
One piece in that puzzle is our church-wide seminar, “How God’s Church Grows,” on Saturday February 8th, from 10AM-3PM. You can sign up in the church building’s main foyer. You can read more and sign up online today at this web address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-gods-church-grows-church-planting-retreat-weekend-tickets-89405499255
The event is for our entire church family. The elders desire each person in our church to grow in their understanding and role in church growth and multiplication. Come with your heart open to the LORD’s leading in your life.
Bonus update: Pastor Gary and I have selected Meegan Dyrland as the church’s new administrative assistant. Meegan has a track record of great organizational savvy, a strong work ethic, and experience in administrative work in a local church. She’ll begin the first week of February, with the plan of working most of her 10 hours per week on Wednesdays, and then using Thursday or Friday to finish up her other tasks. Pray for her transition into this new role; when you see her, thank her for joining the staff team!
For the joy, despite the cost, for the family,
Big Idea: Unless Jesus opens our eyes, we will only see in part.
This week our question is:
How and why did God create us? God created us male and female in his own image to glorify God.
Our memory verse is Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
J.C. Ryle said
The glory of God is the first thing the God’s children should desire…It is the purpose for which the world was created. It is the end for which the saints are called and converted. It is the chief thing we should seek, that “God in all things may be glorified (1 Pet 4:11)”.
This week, talk to your children about their purpose in life. Why are they here. The purpose of all creation is to glorify God. In what ways do you make that your goal in life? How can you share that goal with your family.
Glory has behind it the idea of light and weight. It is the display of the radiance of who God is. And it is recognizing the worth and weight of him. Our purpose in life is to display his radiance and tell of his worth. Tell your children this week how great God is and how much He is worth.