Why did God make the world?

I recently heard someone ask ‘Why did God make the world?’ and it set me thinking. After all God being God did not have to make the world, or any other part of the universe for that matter. Having made the world he did not have to populate it with plants and living creatures, or indeed create people to inhabit it. The universe would not exist without God; but God could, indeed did exist without the universe. So why would he bother to create anything at all?

Throughout history kings and leaders have instigated construction projects in order to celebrate their greatness. Whether it has been buildings such as palaces, or cities and even monuments there seems to be something instinctive in humans to create lasting tributes to intelligence and ability to demonstrate their glory.

In a similar way the Bible shows us that God too is motivated to demonstrate his glory in all that he does. The world and everything in it is a visible tribute to God’s eternal power and majesty, to his divine creative genius. So for example we read in Psalms ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.’ (Psalm 19:1 ESV) This idea is repeated in Revelation ‘Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’ (Revelation 4:11 ESV) God’s glory was revealed in the earth at the dawn of time yet the Bible tells us that it will increase over time. ‘But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD’ (Numbers 14:21 ESV)

If you have ever gasped at the beauty of a sunset, gazed in wonder at the grandeur of a mountain, or been awed by the vastness of space then you have already been affected by the glory of God in his creation. His desire however is that you should not just be amazed at the beauty of what he has created, great though that is, rather he longs for you to discover him for yourself. If you would like an introduction to meet your creator than why not join us on a Sunday morning, 10:30 am at Elizabeth Hall?

This blog post featured in the July/August 2013 edition of Hook Focus

Living the Dream – by Dave Smith

LivingTheDream Many people are familiar with the life of Joseph. Whether it is because it is a Sunday school favourite, or as a result of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, the story is always popular. The tale of a young man who has dreams, who is set upon by his older brothers, who conquers adversity and rises to be second only to Pharaoh is one that fires imaginations. Add in the sub plot of family fragmentation and then ultimately unexpected reconciliation and it is hardly surprising that ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ became a worldwide hit.

The biblical account of Joseph’s life however is far more than entertainment. It sets the scene for the big picture. It marks the transition from a family descended from Abraham to a nation in slavery. The account in itself provides a cameo of salvation, foreshadowing the salvation won for us in Christ. Yet on a more practical level, each of the episodes of Joseph’s life can also teach us important lessons on how to live the Christian life – examples to follow and mistakes to avoid.

Drawing on his experience as pastor of KingsGate Community Church in Peterborough, which has seen remarkable growth, Dave Smith uses the life of Joseph as an illustration of how to live the dream; how to seize our destiny and fulfil our potential in Christ. In this book he shows how God has a wonderful plan for our lives and he wants us to live it! The story of Joseph is particularly helpful because it shows us the progression of Gods dealings in a person’s life and therefore has the power to speak to us through all the seasons of our life.

This book will be a great accompaniment to the preaching series we will be following through July and August looking at the life of Joseph.

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