In The Beginning, God...


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning, God…”

“Knowing who God is defines who we are.” (Tony Evans)

What are a few common misconceptions about God?

  • There is no God.
  • God is just love.
  • God is all wrath.
  • God is whoever you want Him to be.
  • All religions ultimately worship the same god.

Who is God?

  • God is a Spirit being

John 4:24 - "God is spirit…”

  • He is immaterial

Luke 24:39 - “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

  • He is a person

John 4:24 - "God is spirit, and those who worship Him…”

Exodus 3:14 - “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ And He said, ‘Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

  • He is invisible

John 1:18 - “No one has seen God at any time…”

  • God is an eternal being
  • He has no beginning and no end
  • He is independent
  • God is an unchangeable being

James 1:17 - “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

  • God is a triune being

Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

  • God has many names

Three things we must remember about God.

  • What we believe about God affects every major decision we make in life.
  • God was not made in our own image; we were made in His.

Genesis 1:27 - “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Psalm 139:6 - “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.”

  • God does not exist to make much of us; we exist to make much of Him.

Isaiah 42:8 – “I am the Lord; that is My name; My glory I give to no other, nor My praise to carved idols.”

Leviticus 10:3 – “...to those that show themselves holy, I will be glorified.”

Psalm 19:1 – “...the heavens declare the glory of the Lord.”

Psalm 29:1-9 - “Bravo, God, bravo! Gods and all angels shout, ‘Encore!’ In awe before the glory, in awe before God's visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honor Him! God thunders across the waters, brilliant, His voice and His face, streaming brightness — God, across the flood waters. God's thunder tympanic, God's thunder symphonic. God's thunder smashes cedars, God topples the northern cedars. The mountain ranges skip like spring colts,the high ridges jump like wild kid goats. God's thunder spits fire. God thunders, the wilderness quakes; He makes the desert of Kadesh shake. God's thunder sets the oak trees dancing a wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches. We fall to our knees—we call out, ‘Glory!’"

  • God’s priority is to reveal His glory.  

God does not exist to make much of us; we exist to make much of Him!

Q1: Notes

Q2: What misconceptions about God do you see or hear from people around you (at work, family, neighborhood, etc)?

Q3: How does what we believe about God affect the day-to-day decisions we make?

Q4: Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in His own image,
 in the image of God He created him;
 male and female He created them." If we were made to reflect the image of God, why do you think we are so consumed with our own image (self-image/self-esteem)?

God created us for His glory:

"Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory." (Isaiah 43:6-7)

Jesus told us to do good works so that God gets glory.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12)

Q5: If we exist to glorify God (to make much of Him) does that free us from needing to make much of ourselves? If so, why?

Q6: How can we respond to the loving, freeing nature of God this week?

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