DEFINING THEISTIC EVOLUTION . . .
God created matter after which He did not guide, intervene, or act directly to cause any empirically detectable change in the natural behavior of matter until all living things evolved by purely natural processes.
Theistic Evolutionist seek to synthesize religious doctrine of creation and Darwinian evolution.
Darwinian evolution espouses randomness and purposelessness.
Theists believe that God created the world with purpose and is intimately involved.
To accept evolution is to surrender Christian doctrine.
NINE PROBLEMS WITH THEISTIC EVOLUTION . . . (Wayne Grudem)
1. Adam and Eve were not the first human beings, but they were just two Neolithic farmers among about 10,000 other human beings on earth at that time, and God just chose to reveal himself to them in a personal way.
“According to [Denis] Alexander’s preferred model, anatomically modern humans emerged some 200,000 years ago, with language in place by 50,000 years ago. Then, around 6,000-8,000 years ago, God chose a couple of Neolithic farmers, and then he revealed himself for the first time, so constituting them as Homo divinus, the first humans to know God and be spiritually alive.” (Should Christians Embrace Evolution?, Norman C. Nevin
2. Those other human beings had already been seeking to worship and serve God or gods in their own ways.
3. Adam was not specially formed by God of ‘dust from the ground’ (Gen. 2:7) but had two human parents.
4. Eve was not directly made by God of a ‘rib that the Lord God had taken from the man’ (Gen. 2:22), but she also had two human parents.
5. Many human beings both then and now are not descended from Adam and Eve.
6. Adam and Eve’s sin was not the first sin.
7. Human physical death had occurred for thousands of years before Adam and Eve’s sin–it was part of the way living things had always existed.
8. God did not directly act to create different “kinds” of fish, birds, and land animals.
9. God did not impose any alteration in the natural world when he cursed the ground because of Adam’s sin. (Should Christians Embrace Evolution?)
THE UNDERMINING OF SCRIPTURE . . .
• Genesis 1-3, specifically, is seen as figurative and allegory, not historical narrative.
o Francis Collins (Director of National Institutes of Health; former director of the Human Genome Project) said, “Genesis 1-3 is poetry and allegory.”
John Walton (Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College) The Bible makes “no claims” regarding “biological human origins, “ . . . Genesis 2 “talks about the nature of all people, not the unique material origins of Adam and Eve.” And, “the Bible does not really offer any information about material human origins.”
THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE . . .
• Jesus takes Genesis 1–2 as teaching history (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)
• Paul takes Genesis 1-2 as history (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 11:8–9; 15:21–22; 15:45; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 Timothy 2:12–14)
• Structure of Genesis speaks of history: “These are the generations of . . . “(11 times) - Generation 2:4; 5:1; 6:9
Thanks for joining us for this weeks episode of our mid-week service, "The Gathering". This week Pastor Shawn talks about the indoctrination of our culture in regard to of the theory of evolution. This worldview is then used as a building block to try to disprove the case for a Creator God.
Pastor Shawn also references a video in this podcast from Ray Comfort ministry.
THE GATHERING: THE SPIRITUAL REALM (ANGELS)
FIVE QUESTIONS AND A CAUTION REGARDING ANGELS . . .
ARE ANGELS REAL?
• According to the Bible, angels are absolutely real.
o There are close to 300 references to angels in the scriptures.
▪ 105 verses in the Old Testament
▪ 176 verses in the New Testament
WHAT ARE ANGELS?
• Created spiritual beings
o Seraphim and cherubim (winged spiritual beings) Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1, 10; Revelation 4, 5; Genesis 3:24)
o Living creatures (Revelation 5:6-14)
o Sons of God. (Job 38:4-7); before the foundation of the world
WHAT ARE THEIR ROLES?
o Worship God. (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-14)
o Serve God.
o Messengers of God. (Matthew 1:20; 2:13; Luke 1:26-38; Revelation 14:6-13)
o Ministering spirits. (Matthew 4:11; Hebrews 1:13-14)
o Used by God to carry out judgment. (Genesis 19:12-16; 2 Kings 19:35; Revelation 7:1; 8:1-5)
o War on behalf of God. (Revelation 12:7-12; Psalm 34:7; 2 Kings 6:8-19)
WHAT ARE THEIR CHARACTERISTICS?
• They are knowledgeable, but not all-knowing.
• They are powerful, but not all-powerful.
• They are present, but not all-present.
• They are wise, but not all-wise.
DO PEOPLE BECOME ANGELS WHEN THEY DIE?
• No. (Matthew 17:1-13)
o Created separately from humans before the foundation of the world. (Job 38:4-7)
o They have no need of, and therefore cannot experience, salvation. (1 Peter 1:10-12; Luke 15:10)
o For a Christ-follower, when we die, our spirit goes to be with Christ. At His second coming our spirit will be joined with our resurrected and glorified body. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
A WORD OF CAUTION . . .
• Just as there is not a demon behind every tree and bush, the same is true regarding
• God most often ministers to us, through the work of His angels, in ways we may never
know or understand.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained
angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
• Be discerning.
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians
THE SPIRITUAL REALM: 6 QUESTIONS ABOUT DEMONS
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THE GATHERING: SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE GOVERNMENT
THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT . . .
• Government has been instituted by God, not man, for the good of all people.
“For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1b
To provide security.
“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.” Romans 13:3-4a
To maintain order.
“ . . . for he is God’s servant for your good.” Romans 13:4
▪ Sanctity of life (Psalm 139; Exodus 21:22-23; 2 Kings 8:12; Amos 1:13)
▪ Civil order
▪ The poor and needy (Psalm 82:3-5)
To punish the wrongdoer.
“For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13:4b
“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by Him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” 1 Peter 2:13-14
THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK AND CONSIDER . . .
• If the role of government is to provide security, what does it protect us from?
• If the role of government is to maintain order, what is proper order?
• If the role of government is to punish the wrongdoer, what are the guiding principles that determine right and wrong?
ENGAGE THE CULTURE . . .
• Ask simple but good questions, and then listen.
What is your view on the purpose of government? Do you mind if I share with you my understanding of the purpose of government?
• Stand firm on biblical truth yet respond with gentleness and love.
• It’s okay to disagree but seek not to be disagreeable.
• Pray for understanding, clarity, and affirmation.
THE GATHERING: SOCIAL ISSUES
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6
DEFINING SOCIETY . . .
Society is defined as the community of people living in a particular country or region and having _______ customs, _______, and _______________.
Sociology is the study of how people __________ to one another, and of the structure, development, and function of human society.
SOCIETAL STRUCTURE . . .
o Before any other institution, God ordained ___________ and ___________. It is the sacred institution upon which a society will flourish or fail. (Genesis 2:22-24)
And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28
Deuteronomy 24:5; Ephesians 5:24-33
o The _________ institution for ____________ and equipping your children is the ____________. (Deuteronomy 6:1-25)
▪ In our culture, there is an intentional strategy to ___________ the tenets of marriage and family.
o Scripture clearly articulates the definition and the sacredness of marriage, the roles of men and women, as well as the definition and purpose of family and the home.
▪ When we let culture __________ the script, the story quickly moves to __________.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 16:25
▪ Rome as an example . . .
• Breakdown of the __________
• Increased taxation
• Insatiable craving for __________
• Unsustainable build-up of armaments
• Decay of __________
o The Church is the ___________ of Christ (all who profess faith in Christ for salvation), of which Jesus Christ is the _______. The Church is the primary means by which the gospel is advanced in the world. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:1-32; Romans 12:4-5; Colossians 1:18)
“And He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:22-23
▪ The Church is not a _________ invention, but God-________.
▪ The witness of the Church is tainted when we lack __________, _____________, and the pursuit of __________. (1 Peter 2)
• ___________ instead of confess.
“There is nothing quite so creative as a person in the midst of self-justification.” Todd Wagner, Come and See
• Blame-shift rather than _________.
• Pursue __________over holiness.
▪ 46% of Americans say that religion is part of the problem in our society.
• _______________ (State)
o The purpose of government is threefold:
▪ To provide ____________
▪ To maintain ________
▪ To _________ the wrongdoer
THE GATHERING: IS THE BIBLE RELEVANT?
A BRIEF RECAP . . .
The Bible is reliable because . . .
• The Author is trustworthy.
• The evidence is overwhelming.
BUT IS THE BIBLE RELEVANT?
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence . . .” 2 Peter 1:3
• We don’t need to try and make God’s word relevant because it already is relevant.
God is relevant, therefore He cannot speak words that are not.
WHAT ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT?
• To dismiss the Old Testament as having nothing pertinent or relevant to say today is like telling God that only half of His counsel still matters.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8
“ . . . but the word of the Lord remains forever.” 1 Peter 1:25
It is part of the consistent story of God.
It explains the reason for the brokenness of our lives and the world we live in. (Romans 7:7-12)
It reveals God’s deep love and compassion for a sinful people by offering hope in a Savior who would come. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
It gives us instruction for how to live life and live it well. (Psalm 1; Proverbs 12:15; Ecc. 5:10-17)
It is relatable.
It was fully affirmed by Jesus and the New Testament writers.
• Even though there may be parts of the Bible that are hard to comprehend, it does not negate its relevancy.
It is irresponsible and unwise to dismiss as irrelevant what we do not understand.
ENGAGING CULTURE . . .
How can we help people understand how the Bible speaks into what they are going through in life?
Asking good questions . . .
• If I told you that I had the solution for the undeniable and universal broken condition of every human being, would you want to know about it? (John 3:16,17; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2)
The Bible is relevant because it offers the only solution to the undeniable and universal broken condition of every human being.
• If I told you that I could show you how to genuinely develop truly meaningful and authentic relationships, would you want to know about it?
The Bible is relevant in that it offers principles of truth and the “one anothers” of Scripture that create and sustain the authentic community we are created to experience and genuinely need. (Acts 2:42-47)
• If I told you I could help you understand how valued, loved, and accepted you are regardless of how you feel, would you want to know about it?
The Bible is relevant in that it speaks to the desire of our lives to be valued, loved, and accepted. (Isaiah 43)