Troubled World Message Series

TRUST ISSUES:
TRUSTING GOD IN REAL LIFE

Part 1 – The Foundation of Trust – God
(Hebrews 11:3)

September 3, 2023
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

1. GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE.

A. The only significant philosophy or religion that has ever existed in history that has taught that the universe had a beginning is the Bible.

B. Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (NLT)

C. Colossians 1:15-17 Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (NIV)

2. CREATION AND EVOLUTION DISAGREE ON TWO MAIN IDEAS.

A. Mark Hartman is a creationist. I believe that God started and guided everything that exists. I believe He is Sovereign, which means that whatever He wills, He does. God is totally in control.

 

Major Sections of Biological Evolution

SECTIONS

DEFINITION

CREATION

EVOLUTION

Microevolution

Creationists call this “like kind genetic diversity”. Cell adaptation and mutations within a species.

Accepts

Accepts

Microbial

Creationists call this “like kind genetic diversity in single cell organisms”. Change that happens within viruses, bacteria, and single-celled organisms as they morph to avoid the effects of antibiotics and other inhibitors.

Accepts

Accepts

Speciation

Creationists call this “an advanced form of like kind genetic diversity”. An advanced form of microevolution in which a species in one part of the world makes different changes than the same species in another part of the world and though they are part of the same species they cannot now pro-create with all the members of this species.

Accepts

Accepts

Macroevolution

The theory that suggests that one “kind” can mutate into another “kind” such as a dog becomes a horse which becomes an elephant. There exists no verifiable evidence for this theory.

Rejects

Accepts

Chemical Evolution

The theory of life evolving from inorganic matter (primordial soup theory) – life from non-life. All scientific attempts to duplicate have failed.

Rejects

Accepts

 

B. An entire community of scientists has emerged to form an organization called “Discovery Institute” (www.discovery.org) It affirms that everything science studies demonstrates design. Every time you see the intricacy of design, it is because there is a designer.

C. Most every science book and science museum make this claim: The universe came into being “undirected.” But that statement cannot be proven. That is a religious statement, not a scientific statement. Its purpose is to stop any discussion about God. The problem is, everything in science points to design and order because it was designed by a Designer who is God.

D. Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (NLT)

E. Psalm 33:6-9 By the word of [Yahweh] were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth… Let all the earth fear God; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.