World1-ArtCreation is the very first story in our children’s Bible books. It’s punctuated by beautifully bright and colorful pictures. Our kids read about the sun, moon, and stars; the pretty flowers and tall trees; all the animals; the first man and woman, cleverly covered by strategically placed jungle cats and foliage. Our children memorize the days of Creation. It’s so wonderful for them.

Creation is the hotly debated topic in state courts and text books. Scientists and theologians use complicated rhetoric and really big words to assert their positions and refute the opposition’s claims. Creation is controversial. It’s nearly impossible to explain. Evolutionists and “young earth” proponents can’t reconcile their Creation beliefs. They argue Creation. It’s so difficult for them.

The Church, meanwhile, has just about relegated God’s Creation to children’s books and academic journals. It seems that Creation is talked about everywhere but in the Church. We leave it alone as either too elementary or too contentious.

No! Creation is everything!

Act One of the Story of God sets the main stage. It introduces the main actor and tells us the purpose of the Story. This is the foundation. Creation tells us everything we need to know about our relationship with God and the reason for his salvation mission. If we miss Creation, if we get it wrong, if we skip it, we’re going to mess up everything else in the Story. Act One is the divine pattern for everything else that follows. Everything in the Story of God is predicated on and points back to Creation.

Today at Central we open up the Story of God together with the everlasting truth of that enormous¬†first sentence: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”