Chapter 1 of The Story (Genesis ch. 1-11) focuses on the beginning of all things. This is the foundation of our entire existence. There is a good, benevolent and loving Creator who made all things out of sheer joy. He is the cause, the source of light, of an ever expanding universe, and planet earth where he put humans so that they might be in relationship with him, reflect his goodness toward one another, and the rest of creation. God made us creatures of free-will, able to choose between love or rejection of God's ideal. Sin entered the world and plagues the human heart to this day as we choose to be our own gods. Through sin, fellowship with God is disrupted and our relationships with our neighbors and creation around us is strained. Our hearts need to be rescued and renewed from sin and death, thus begins the story of God's rescue to win back our hearts.
The subject of creation is one that spurs on debate within the Christian community, specifically about how old the earth is. Is the creation story in Genesis to be taken literally or is it to be read more poetic and thus gives room to the possibility of an older earth? One of the slogans that we live by at Bastrop Christian is, "In opinions, liberty. In essentials, unity. In all things, love." It is possible to get so enamored in the HOW of creation, that we miss the WHO. For those who wish to dive into this a bit deeper, here are some resources for further study. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or if you would like to discuss thoughts on creation.
* Answers in Genesis
Check out these fantastic videos from The Bible Project to aid in your understanding of the book of Genesis.