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The Apostle's Creed - Creation

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I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”

Psalm 111; Ge 1:1-23; Rom 1:18-25


CREEDS

Do something we haven't done before

Rather than base the sermon around the lectionary readings

Apostles Creed.

St Mary's stimulated much discussion


Creeds have been around since the early church.

simple summary of the important points of what they believed.

Particularly to pass the faith on to new believers.

summary


The three creeds, Nicene Creed, Athanasius Creed and that which is commonly called the Apostles Creed ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy Scripture.” (Article VIII).


Used at Baptism from middle ages.

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I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”

CREATION – bible passages to fit


(1) GOD CREATED EVERYTHING

almighty” – can do anything / everything depends on him

heaven and earth” - everything that there is – taken straight out of v1


DANGER THEN:

Sun and Moon were seen as gods in neighbouring cultures

v16 “greater light”, “lesser light”, “stars”

Stars – astrology. They don't control your fate. God is in charge.


DANGER NOW:

Science as the ultimate answer.

Science excellent.

Psalm 111:2 “The works of the Lord are great - sought out after all them that have pleasure therein”

Method of seeking answers to “How and What?” questions.


Biology is able to explain how a drop of saline solution is ejected from the tear duct of a woman's eye. What it is unable to do is answer “Why is she crying?”


CERN experiment Higgs-Boson – how did quarks come together to form protons and neutrons in the first few seconds of the universe?

Why do we have universe at all? Who am I?


(2) CREATION IS GOOD

Good v4, v12, v18, 21

God saw that it was good.” repeated refrain.

Mary Coppin's garden – beautiful patterns in the bark on the trees.

DANGER THEN: deny good in creation – food, sex, dancing

to be enjoyed

DANGER NOW: Trap “God is only interested in spiritual things”

NO God is profoundly interested in the physical nature of this world. Explore it, look after it, enjoy it.


(3) CREATION CAN BECOME AN IDOL

Romans 1

Bible doesn't use the word “fool” often

but it does apply it to people who worship creation rather than the creator.

V22-3 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts and creeping things.”

DANGER THEN: really did make idols – golden calf!


DANGER NOW: Consumerism

Bishop Festo Kivenere, UGANDA “Technology and material things can never liberate you. They have a tendency to squeeze you into their own image.”



CONCLUSION

God is before everything

Creed Say almost nothing about us. All about God. Important

Crossing a ravine: We need small faith in a strong bridge

not Strong faith in a weak bridge.

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