Here is a dirty little secret that many churches are keeping from their membership: They no longer believe in the historicity of the Book of Genesis.
Even those which do (at least on paper), seem to lack the courage of conviction. When is the last time you heard a sermon on the creation account?
Come rediscover the authority of scripture and the power of God as we offer a 7-week sermon series on the Days of Creation.
The preaching schedule/recordings are below.
01/07/18 – The First Day (Genesis 1:1-5)
01/14/18 – The Second Day (Genesis 1:6-8)
01/21/18 – The Third Day (Genesis 1:9-13)
01/28/18 – The Fourth Day (Genesis 1:14-19)
02/04/18 – The Fifth Day (Genesis 1:20-23)
02/11/18 – The Sixth Day (Genesis 1:24-31)
The First Day (Genesis 1:1-5)
The Second Day (Genesis 1:6-8)
The Third Day (Genesis 1:9-13)
The Fourth Day (Genesis 1:14-19)
The Fifth Day (Genesis 1:20-23)
The Sixth Day (Genesis 1:24-31)
The Seventh Day (Genesis 2:1-3)
Pastor McShaffrey wishes to acknowledge that none of the ideas expressed in this sermon series are new. He leaned heavily upon the classic commentaries for exegetical points (e.g., John Calvin, Matthew Henry, Matthew Poole, etc.). Some of the “Gleanings on Genesis” from AW Pink were also helpful in making certain points more Christo-centric.
While there were very few modern resources that he found helpful (because most do not adopt the “classic view” of creation), there are a couple worthy of specific mention: E.J. Young’s “Studies in Genesis One” is a superb exegetical work and Henry Morris’ short study “Six Days of Creation” was filled with practical and devotional insights.
Three websites provided ample resources for how scripture relates to modern science: Institute for Creation Research, Creation Ministries International, and Answers in Genesis. In fact, the final point in the penultimate sermon was adapted from ICR’s article: Creeds and the Six Days of Creation.
These acknowledgements are not shared in a true bibliographical sense (we undoubtedly missed some resources that were consulted), but in order to demonstrate that modern preaching should never be novel. God’s truth has not changed over the centuries and modern preachers should content themselves simply to stand on the shoulders of the intellectual giants that went before them. Yes, this may make them sound unoriginal, but it keeps them orthodox.