This sermon is the third in the Beginnings series, preached for Emmanuel Reformed Church, in Springfield, SD, on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Genesis 1 and 2 are distinct, related creation stories, that — when held together — reveal to us God’s design for human beings: to work with Him as stewards of His good world, and to work with each other in Christian relationships.

There’s a lot more to say about Christian marriage than what we find here in Genesis 2. But what we find here is rich for us as spouses, to consider how we help each other to do what God asks of us, and work together toward wholeness and holiness. This same dynamic is also true for all of our relationships in Christ.

As we live in this world, caring for it and all things as God cares, and working together as helpers and co-creators with God, we look to the day when what was will be renewed in the new creation, the Garden City (Revelation 21-22), and we will be fully conformed to Christ, the Image of God (Colossians 1:15), the New Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45), the gardener king who calls us by name (John 20:15).

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