I believe in God.
Genesis 1 Psalm 8 June 20, 2010
Who is born when we are baptized? Is it someone who looks and acts like the preacher? Or is it someone who looks and acts like a child of God?
What does it mean to be baptized? Is it just getting into line for heaven? Or is baptism the beginning of living what we believe?
What is our part in baptism? Is it being a warm body to be counted so that the congregation looks good? Or is it publicly saying that you believe in God?
This Father’s Day we start to look at the Apostle’s Creed. As we spend the rest of the summer looking at whom we believe in, we get to examine what we believe about God. We will be able to state that we believe in God, Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
1. Someone greater than ourselves
2. He was before the beginning of creation and time
3. All-powerful, all-knowing
4. We may have made up superheroes, but none is like God. Batman, Superman, and the Green Hornet all have superpowers. But each one cannot do everything that is needed to sustain life. How do we know God is able to do all things to sustain life? We know this because of how God is described and what he has done.
B. He is Father Almighty
1. Jesus calls him Father (Matthew 6:9)
2. The Psalmist calls God Almighty (Psalm 8)
3. Yet he is mindful of us! (Psalm 8:4-9)
4. We know that we need protection. As we are growing up, we want the safety that a father can provide. When we are older, we realize that it is God who protects, provides, and cares for us. A father would give us the freedom to make mistakes, and to learn from them. A father would show us the right way to live. A father would do what is necessary to provide for his family. Many in our world do not know a father like that. But God can show and be that father for many in this world. How important is that we get to know the Father Almighty? A father was watching his young son trying to dislodge a heavy stone. The boy couldn’t budge it. “Are you sure you are using all your strength?” the father asked. “Yes, I am,” said the exasperated boy. “No, you are not,” the father replied. “You haven’t asked me to help you.” How do we know God can help us?
C. He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth
1. 6 days to create, 1 day to rest
a. Day 1 – Light & Darkness – good
b. Day 2 – Sky – good
c. Day 3 – Earth & Seas, plus vegetation – good
d. Day 4 – Sun, Moon, & Stars – good (Isaiah 40:26)
e. Day 5 – Sea creatures & Birds – good
f. Day 6 – Cattle, wild creatures, Humans – good
g. Day 7 – Sabbath! (Rest)
2. We can see God’s work (Psalm 19:1)
3. God loves those who fear him (Psalm 103:11-14)
4. Apollo 13 was 55 hours and 54 minutes into its flight to the moon. Then the oxygen tank #2 blew out a 12’x6’ panel on the side of the ship! Astronauts Lovell, Swigert, and Haise were in trouble. On earth we breathe a mixture of air that is 21% oxygen. Any more oxygen we burn up and any less we smother. Space-traveling ships need much engineering to make sure that the astronauts can live.
5. Earth & Moon orbit – constant
6. Gravity – constant
7. Orbit of planets – in our galaxy & other galaxies – constant
8. God wants us to know him. He does everything he can to allow us to be protected from radiation, heat, comets, and other space hazards. God makes it possible for us be aware of him – no matter the season of the year or of life. Being baptized in the Name of God the Father means that you are turning to him – for protection, for your very life.
Do you believe in God? Then keep turning to God! His ways are constant and for our good. We can turn to God the Father Almighty because he is not going anywhere.
We get baptized and we get to identify ourselves with God, as his children! We get baptized and we can live with the one who created the heavens and the earth. We get baptized because we want to say we believe in God.