In The Beginning: Let There Be LightJanuary 3, 2021
In The Beginning: “Let There Be Light!”
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Pastor Mike Bailey
The creation of the world is a testament of God’s love, creativity, presence, intelligence and provision. The world around us points to the glory of God and ultimately the love He has for each of us. Through the creation account mankind is given a window to better understand and enjoy the Creator. The opening chapters of the greatest book ever written, the Bible, are not simply a prelude to the writings of wise men, prophets, kings and mighty warriors of God; these chapters give us a glimpse of what was and what is to come. It shows us how to navigate the world we find ourselves in today. This account reveals the singular greatest intention God had for us at the point of creation, that we would have an eternal, blessed and perfected relationship with Him.
1. The (v. 1a)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2
2. The . (v. 1b)
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:8
He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! Deuteronomy 32:4
3. The . (v. 1c)
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth? says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24
4. The . (v. 1d)
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalm 8:3-4
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4
5. The . (v. 2a)
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
6. The . (v. 2b)
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative that is, the Holy Spirit, he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26
Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
7. The . (vv. 3-5)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
Closing: God wants to shine a new light in your life today. One that will help you to see and live a life of joy and hope. Are you willing to let the light shine in your life?