Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 9:5b-6

Key points from the sermon:

  • In this passage, we dwelt on God as Creator.  The beginning of verse six reminds us that He alone is LORD.  When we start with that confession, it silences all the other voices and gods competing for throne and power.  When we sin, we are believing the serpent’s lies to Adam and Even - that we’ll become “like God.” Our rebellion is in essence a confession that He is NOT God alone.

  • All of life is from God and all of life is sustained by God.  From the stars far above to the depths of the seas, He has created things that only He has ever laid eyes on - why?  For HIS glory. He alone is magnificent, powerful, great, glorious, and worthy.

  • Confessing God as Creator and Sustainer places us squarely before Him.  Biblical creation is scientifically responsible and theologically vital.  The Theory of Evolution places a massive, billions-of-years gap between us and our Creator.  Scripture says He “formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”  This is intimate creation!

  • John 1 reminds us that Jesus was there at the beginning and it was through Him that all things were made.  Because only the power that created the universe could possibly fix a universal problem of our making. Through Jesus, we were created; and through Him, we are also a NEW CREATION (2 Cor. 5:17)!

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”  -Revelation 4:11

Discussion Questions:

  1. When happens when we think on God’s “glorious name,” when we confess that He alone is LORD?

  2. What are the implications of God being Creator?  What does this say about who He is? What are the dangers of evolution and why should we as Christians care about creationism?

  3. How do you personally enjoy God as Creator?  What gets in the way of enjoying God as Creator?

  4. How can we corporately (as a Missional Community or DNA or family) enjoy God as Creator?  How can we worship Him (who forms and sustains all of life) in all of life? What prevents us from praising and exulting His “glorious name” in all of life?

Practice:

This week let’s enjoy God as Creator!  Spend time studying and observing nature in some capacity (we have a beautiful river and springtime blossoms and we’re minutes from the hill country); and as Pastor Josh said on Sunday, let’s feel “gloriously small.”  Then, let’s RECREATE in His honor and for His glory! Make time this week (or plan some time in the coming weeks) to do something creative - whether that’s cooking, baking, woodworking, writing, painting, singing, lego-building, landscaping, gardening, inventing, organizing, decorating, filming, etc.  Instead of just going through the motions, let’s prayerfully consider how our recreation can exult our LORD and His glorious name.