In CS Lewis’ book, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, little Lucy stumbles through an old, musty wardrobe, and in to the land of Narnia. It is a strange and wonderful place, full of new creatures, and new adventures. At first, Lucy, and then her brothers and sister, don’t know what to make of the sights and sounds in this new world. They couldn’t understand their place in the story…that is, until they began to realize there was a larger story taking place. You see, it was a story that started before them, and while they would become major participants in the story, it would never be about them. When they finally understood that storyline, then they were able to fully live into their own.
I believe that many of us have a similar confusion. Many of us are living as if we are the story. We live practically as if everything around us is supposed to fit into our concept of the story, and we don’t know how to respond when things don’t go according to our plan.
The first 11 chapters of Genesis speak to God’s plan…His plan of creation, the impact of our fall due to sin, and of His grand plan of redemption, ultimately centered on Jesus Christ. All of this is introduced in the opening chapters of Genesis. I would argue that this is so important that we cannot understand our lives, or the world around us, unless we have an understanding of what God is revealing to us here.
I am coming to see, with growing clarity, just how practical these chapters of Scripture are for our daily lives. They speak to the foundation of truth, to identity, to issues of gender and sexuality, to relationships and marriage, vocation, worship, interpersonal conflict, leadership, parenting, sin, redemption, and yes, even to matters of eternity. In the coming weeks and months, we will discuss these topics as we make our way through God’s Word.
Won’t you plan to join us as we begin our new sermon series on Genesis 1-11 titled, “God’s Design: Understanding our place in His Story.”