In the Beginning, God (Genesis 1:1)

Week 1 | Sermon

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

OPENING THOUGHT

Genesis is a big book, and the first eleven chapters are no exception. As we begin our study through the first major section of Genesis, we will encounter some of the most epic events to ever occur on earth. We will read about God bringing everything into existence simply by telling it to exist. We will witness the first wedding, which God Himself officiates. We will see the entrance of sin into the world and the destruction that it brings. We will hear of God’s wrath in flooding the entire earth and His grace in rescuing Noah and his family. We will study the pride of man attempt to ascend to heaven and God’s retaliation. Indeed, these chapters are quite epic in scope.

Though this first verse (only being ten words) might seem to be rather small, its statement and implications are certainly not. This seemingly simple verse is epic enough in its own right to be studied alone as a preface to what will follow. Herein we learn that God created everything. From the bottom of the earth to the heights of the heavens, God brought all things that exist into existence. God formed all things.

Interestingly, the Bible does not offer here defense for how or why God created the earth; it simply states that God created all things, take it or leave it. But even more than just creation, this verse teaches us about the character of God. By standing outside of and initiating the beginning, God displays His eternality and His transcendence. Understanding that God is eternal and transcendent means also that He is incomprehensible to us. Fortunately, the incomprehensible God that created everything gave us the Scriptures for guiding us to Himself.

Read verse 1 and discuss the following.

  1. This verse clearly affirms the existence of God and His work in creating everything. Do you believe this? Why or why not? Why should we conform our beliefs to match what the Bible says?
  2. As the creator of all things, God stands completely different and unique from everything else in existence. What attributes of God can be seen from this thought?
  3. From this verse, we can see that God is both incomprehensible and transcendent. If that is so, how are we able to understand and know God? What has He given to us to know Him more?

ACTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Consider the greatness of God as displayed in creating all things and standing outside of time itself. Thank God for His grace in giving to us the Bible so that we can know Him.
  • Note that in this verse God is establishing Himself as the main character of both the Bible and all of existence. Consider whether you live as though everything is all about God or it is all about you.
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