We continue our review of the LOGOS series at The Pentecostals of Alexandria in Alexandria, LA. This week the group examined creation, the story of Noah and took a peek at Abraham. Find out what was expressed below.
Lesson 2: God's Creation
Brother Larry Clark opened up this week with a recap of a few items from last week's study. It was his focus to drive home the point of the times we live in and how the Bible predicted it. He did this with some real world facts about the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18) and about the nation of Israel's return to the Promise Land (Matthew 24:31). This would serve the latter purpose of the Bible Study when they discussed the days of Noah. In that section they worked to parallel the times of Noah to the times of today. Looking at Genesis 6:5 and 6:11, they compared them to our day:
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen 6:5)
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (Gen 6:11)
Comparing these two sections to today's environment is sadly not a difficult task. Wickedness of man is great in the earth today. We see it in the decisions made by individuals, governments and even in some churches. Men think of new forms of evil daily it seems and immorality consumes the heart's of society. Corruption and violence are found on every continent and in every country. It is as Jesus said in Matthew 24:38:
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Just as it was in Noah's day, so will it be in ours. As God gathers his people together, the world will go on reveling until their destruction. Thankfully, just as in the days of Noah, we will have an opportunity to find salvation. Ours won't be in an ark, though. It will be at the sound of a trumpet that calls us away before His wrath is poured out on the earth again.
The other issue Brother Larry and Pastor Anthony addressed was that of creation. They did this in the beginning of the study. With multiple sources throughout the Bible and even in history and science books, the two teachers showed how it is more probable that God created the universe and man than if we were to believe that it happened by accident and that man evolved. They made sure to point out, too, that while God spends 2 chapters on his creation, he spends the rest of Genesis and the Bible on his relationship with man. That's a staggering disparity and shows how much God thinks of us.
Pastor Anthony made a point to address Hebrews 11:3 that says the creation was made by faith. It takes faith to believe it and it took faith to create it.
Throughout the Bible Study, Brother Larry and Pastor Anthony showed where scientists and historians offered facts that were later refuted. The Bible had refuted them already, but they were proven wrong by the scientific method and archaeological findings.
Pastor Anthony pointed out that Moses was taught in the University of Egypt that the earth was hatched from an egg and several other theories that contradict the Bible. Yet none of these theories even remotely make their way into the Creation story, proving that he did not lean on his own understanding to write Genesis.
Both teachers warned that if we change our belief on the first two chapters in the Bible (creation), it opens the door to change the rest of the Bible.
Abraham and his covenant with God were previewed, mainly to point out that God spent a handful of chapters recapping over 2000 years, while Abraham's story gets 17.
Line(s) of the night*:
"We can choose our sin, but we can't choose our consequences."
"Every era has a remnant that steps up and lives according to God's will."
"Belief and obedience bring us to God. Unbelief and disobedience pull us away from Him."
*Some of these lines may be paraphrased from a larger thought.
We hope you enjoyed this week's review of LOGOS. If you missed watching the lesson, you can watch it here. There's also a handout you can download on the same pate. Email us your thoughts on the lesson. We look forward to hearing from you and further sharing our thoughts on LOGOS.
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