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What do you believe about the beginning? The thing is, whatever you believe about the beginning – about how things came to be – will have an impact on how you live. Christians do all they do for the good of their neighbour, all they do to the glory of Jesus, because they believe there’s a God who is the creator of all things and who’s recreating all things in Jesus.

But both the traditional African and Western worldviews are different.

I Believe in God The Creator

Nic Kyalangalilwa delivers his second in a nine week sermon series unpacking the foundations of the faith – working through The Apostles’ Creed, a statement of belief penned in the 4th Century AD.

It’s really the foundation of what a Christian believes.

“It’s really the foundation of what a Christian believes. This is what makes the difference between what we would call a Christian faith, and a non-Christian faith.”

This sermon looks at the second phrase: I believe in God… creator of heaven and earth. Nic walks through why we believe God created all things, and how we believe he is recreating all things in Jesus – for the good of man.

Creator or Chaos? It Impacts How We Live

This sermon also explores the impact on our lives if we really understand this truth.

“Our theory of how the world came about, our theory of the beginning, will determine how we live; will determine the kind of life that we live.”

The Impact of a Far-Away God

How God created, and his ongoing role as creator is also important.

“If we think that God is far away and we are left to ourselves, then it will be very desperate for man. Then we might even tend to be fatalistic: expecting that bad things will happen to us all the time.

If we think that God is far away and we are left to ourselves, then it will be very desperate for man.

If you believe that the creator God is very far away, like in African creation stories, then chances are we will also believe that the most powerful here will be the one who will reign; will be the one who is successful, and will be the one who is happy.

And so if you are not strong physically, then get strong spiritually. So get a witch doctor. Get some guide to help you. Because you have to be strong!”

The Impact of A World Based on Chaos

If you believe that the world is a result of chaos then guess what? Your life will be full of chaos.

Equally, if you believe that the world is a result of chaos then guess what? Your life will be full of chaos. You will struggle to find meaning. Because in the end it’s really chaos. I mean things are just falling into place – there is no particular order.”

The Impact of A Creator God

Christians believe that in the beginning it all started with God. But there are still important questions we need to answer about why? Why did God create the world? Why did God create man? What is our purpose on earth? Why was his creation good, but now it’s broken?

In answering these questions Nic helps us see the impact this has on our lives today.

“So the story of creation, the doctrine of creation, becomes even richer with the gospel. Because we are not just saying God created everything, and it was good, and then it was messed up. No! We are saying God is busy recreating everything in Jesus, and it’s gonna be awesome.”

 

Find the other sermons in this series here:

  1. I Believe… In God, The Father Almighty
  2. I Believe… In God The Creator
  3. I Believe… In Jesus’ Incarnation

 

Text: Genesis 1

Date preached: 16 April 2016

Location: Le Phare Church, Bukhavu, DRC-Congo

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