In The Beginning, 13 February 2011

Big Idea:

God was the first missionary.  He knew Adam and Eve were lost, hiding. Nevertheless, He came after them.


Then God said, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” - Genesis 1:26,27

He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” - Genesis 3:1-5

And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" - Genesis 3:8-9
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel" - Genesis 3:15

“And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them”
- Genesis 3:21

“Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” - John 1:30


God made the world for us. He made us for Himself.

Satan challenged God’s love for Adam and Eve.

Sin is a rupture in the love-relationship between God and us.

The ability to love God well and love others well came undone.

God lost something…and He wants it back!

God was the first to go out searching for lost people.

God made a Good News Promise (the Gospel) that He wants everyone to have a chance to hear.

God made a great sacrifice to win us back to Himself.

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” - William Carey

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