Thursday, January 10, 2008
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
"Well, let's start in the beginning." That's what I thought when I started to put together material for my small group for my church. (Actually, it's the greatest church on the planet, but we won't go there........yet.) So I started going through my Bible looking at the beginnings of different things. Nothing really struck me. This was a New Year, a new beginning I wanted something about beginnings. Well as we all come to find out, it's not about what we want. It's about what God wants. As I read and researched, it began to lay heavy on my mind that it's not just about beginnings but about foundations. Getting a good foundation on which to build a life. I began to research and to pray. What is this all about? Foundations. OK. In the beginning there was God. God's the foundation. The next level up is Jesus. After that is the Holy Spirit. Finally, the Holy Scriptures. I've got Christians of all different levels in my group. Some grew up in church. Some didn't. Some were Catholics. Some were nothing definable. Anyway you look at it we all need to get back to the basics. That's the only way life's going to work out.
So I started this week with God. There is one God and that is the one God of the Bible. We began to read scripture and discuss who we thought God was. The conclusion is this, God is who he says he is. Simple, straight-forward and true. I enjoyed our sharing. I enjoyed the discussion. I have the idea that God wants us to know who he is. I think we got a good start this week.