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6. Not a concession to sinful culture.C.Two Conclusions1. “Like a…” and Named…61© Rob Lister
All the ways in which God describes himself as like ahusband or a mother, etc. We should embrace and celebrate that and we should use thoselikenesses and descriptions to describe God.2. Human Fathers and the Heavenly FatherCT I Lecture Notes1.7 – Theology Proper & Humanity – The Work of God© Rob Lister, Biola UniversityI.The Work of God: Decree, Creation, and Providencea.Decrees God makes, the creative activity of God which brings the universeinto existence, providential activity of God which sustains and governsthat universe once its made.a.The DecreeThe Westminster Shorter CatechismQ. 7. What are the decrees of God?A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to thecounsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hathforeordained whatsoever comes to pass.b.Creation: God makes a universeReading/Viewing Recommendations: Philip Johnson,Darwin on Trial;Charles Thaxton and Nancy Pearcey,The Soul of Science;The PrivilegedPlanetby Illustra MediaA.What must be affirmed?1.Creation out of Nothing(Ex nihilo creation)Gen 1:1-362© Rob Lister
Rom 4:17Heb 11:3Theological Requirement of God’s Self-sufficiency- God’s Self-Sufficieny meaning that the universedepends on God for its existence and not the other way around.- Monotheism of God is at stake with this doctrine- If God creates out of preexisting materialsthat He Himself did not fashion, you’d have to ask the question,where did those come from and who made those? And thempresumably who ever made those would be the greater and truerand more powerful God. A lot @ stake actually with confirmingthat before God began to create, nothing existed but God theFather, the Son and the Holy Spirit and that when He began tocreate, He not only created the universe but he himself created thematerials as it were out of which the universe was created.2.Goodness of creationa.God completed his work and saw that it was good.Sixth day of the creation week, when everything iscompleted, His pronouncement is that everything thatHe made was very good.i.No moral flaws or no faults in the universeii.Doctrine of Evil that is in the world as a resultof the rebellion of the creature rather than thedesign of the creator.3.Imago Dei/Special Creation of humansa.Notion that human beings are the special image bearingpinnacle creation of Godi.Crown of God’s creative agencyB.Grudem’s Critique of Darwinian Evolution (esp. pgs 279-87)1.Micro-evolution v. Macro-evolutiona.Microevolution involves changes within a species thatdo not result in cross species mutation.b.Macroevolution: Talking about Christians havingconcern with and opposition to the theory of evolution2.Failure of “Theistic Evolution” (pgs. 275-79)63© Rob Lister

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