By Michael Roop
This Sunday, we’re excited to kick off the first of two fall sermon series. Together, they will help us understand God’s design for creation, our place in that design, and the preeminence of Christ over all of it.
Designed and Ordered: Genesis 1-3
The fall will begin with a seven-week series looking at the first three chapters of the Bible. We all have a sense that things are not the way they are supposed to be. We look at the pain, brokenness, and evil of the world around us, and we know this world was designed for something better. But what would that ‘better’ be? What is the ideal state we should be aiming for? As we turn to the very beginning of the Bible, we find in Genesis 1-3 the picture of how things ought to be, the reason for why we aren’t there now, and the hope for how we might one day return.
From there we will turn to the New Testament letter from the Apostle Paul to the church at Colossae. Despite the praiseworthy faith of the Colossian Christians, for which he praises God, Paul is concerned that the Colossians might be lured away from Christ by the “wisdom” of their culture and context. Almost 2,000 years later, we heed Paul’s warning by looking to Christ as the One who is Supreme over all creation, having defeated the spiritual powers, false worship, and self-righteous legalism that contend for our worship by ushering us into resurrection life.
A Great Resource
Starting with the Colossians series, we plan to offer a great new resource called The ESV Scripture Journal. This simple journal will have the ESV text for the book of Colossians on the left page and blank lined paper on the right. This will be a great way to follow along with the series for you note-takers! Pick up a copy from r the table in the lobby or from the church office. To help cover the cost and to help ensure the journals are used, we are asking for a $2 donation per copy.
God has some great things in store for us this fall! We’re excited to be challenged, convicted, and encouraged by the proclamation of His Word. Next week, we’ll update you on this fall’s Sundays at 9 courses, which will launch on September 8. Until then, have a great weekend, and we hope to see you on Sunday!