This sermon is the first in the Beginnings series, preached for Emmanuel Reformed Church, in Springfield, SD, on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Creation bears the mark of its Creator, reflecting and revealing His character. When we pay attention to creation, we see living, tangible expressions of God’s heart of love.

God’s creation reveals God’s character:

“[The] universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God.”

from the Belgic Confession, Article 2.

God creates in an orderly, intentional, wise way. God is the ultimate host, preparing each space precisely to welcome and nurture and sustain the life that God intends to live in it.

God wants everything to multiply. God delights in abundance, in wild and wondrous variety.

God intends appropriate boundaries. We need limits to live peacefully, to thrive where we are. We were not made to be infinite, but to depend on God always.

God creates — and recreates — through His Word. Jesus Christ is the destiny of all things, the beginning and end (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17, Romans 11:36, Revelation 22:13).

God sees and celebrates the good. God works passionately to design and sustain and protect space for us to live and thrive in love, and God longs to be close to us, to meet with us, to delight in us as our Father.

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