Recently we’ve been focusing on creation in youth group.  When we first started looking at what our theme would be this year, I had an idea presented by a well-known youth ministry guru, Walt Mueller.  His idea led me to begin reading a book called “Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview” by Albert M. Wolters.  I’ve not finished it, but the basics tell us that our worldview is how we see creation, the fall, and redemption.  Or better yet, how did everything that is come to be?  Was there any influence by God or was it just a natural process that’s happened without God?  Is there an answer to the ills and evil around us, or is it also just a process of natural selection and learned behavior based on experience, along with societal and philosophical opinions?  And what about redemption?  Is there such a thing, or is this all we can expect - what you see is what you get?  These are some big questions, but how you answer them will determine your worldview.  That’s what we want our students to begin to explore and decide for themselves, based on the truths they have learned in their studies of history, science, mathematics, biology and sociology.  There are more areas to glean from, but these are the points of reference for most of the arguments as to whether God is or is not.

In the awe and wonder of creation we see the majesty and the complexity of our Creator.  We see order that is beyond our realm of comprehension, so we seek answers on our terms instead of on the supernatural spiritual level where God spoke and speaks stars into existence.  Could it be that the solar eclipse that will occur next year will happen just as it does by God speaking it into being?

The big debates and public opinion have no determination on whether God exists or not.  Nor do they have any bearing on what will happen tomorrow, or next week, or 10 years from now.  People have been searching for answers as to what is wrong with the world around them without first seeking to know what is wrong with themselves for thousands of years.  It’s called sin and we all must face the reality that God’s perfect creation was fractured with the fall, and it’s in perpetual motion towards redemption when the new earth will come with Jesus’ return bringing His kingdom, the perfection to us.  That is the story of scripture in a nutshell.  The story of all that was and will be is found in God’s letter to us.  Our opportunity is to live with that worldview as the foundation for everything we do, knowing that God has been and will continue to be in control, Creator of all that was created, King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of Peace and the Redeemer of all that is broken!  The world will see your view as foolishness, but they can’t know the truth until they know the One who has given the Truth!

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction!  But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.  As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”  So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters?  God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.  Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.  It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven.  And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.  So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.  But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-24

“When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom.  Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit.  It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.  Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.  For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?  Who knows enough to teach him?”  But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-16

God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!

In Christ’s Love,

Rob    Romans 12