In Genesis 15:1-6, God spoke to Abraham about His promise of an offspring. Then in verses 13-20, God spoke to him again about the promised offspring. This tells us that the covenant is all about the offspring.
That offspring is Jesus. He is the substance of the covenant. The covenant is all about Him!
I was honored and privileged to preach on Acts 2:42-47 via Skype during the 2nd anniversary of our mission congregation in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines.
Because of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, rule, and intercession, God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to build His New Testament Church. By His enabling grace and power alone, God’s renewed people “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers… And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” To God’s word, fellowship, prayer, and outreach, let us devote ourselves, trusting and relying on the Lord to cause and enable us.
Christ lived a perfect life, died to pay for our sins, and rose again for our salvation. He went up to heaven to pray and ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit. And on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out and the New Testament Church was created. And the Church that the Holy Spirit created is one.
In reaching out to Atheists, I move from the friendship and prayer phase and begin the “internal critique” phase (helping them see the problems and foolishness of the Theory of Evolution) by asking the question of whether they believe that the universe is finite (has a beginning) or infinite (has no beginning)? If they say that the universe is finite or has a beginning, I ask, “How did it all (i.e. the universe) begin?”
To those who believe that the universe is infinite (has no beginning) and hold to the Big Bang Theory, I ask, “Where did the bang that created what is called the ‘Big Bang’ come from? Moreover, where did the law of physics (which, you believe, is responsible for the ‘Big Bang’ ending up becoming the complex but well-ordered and fine-tuned universe) come from?”
Atheists don’t have a true answer to those questions. With their permission, I then show them that our Biblical Christian worldview can better account for and explain the beginning and continuing existence of the universe.
To those who hold to the “Steady State Theory” and others also as, by the Lord’s grace and help, I see fit and appropriate, I talk about the following:
The Second Law of Thermodynamics — that every form of energy, closed to itself or contained in itself without outside interference or influence, tends towards atrophy and disorder.
The motion of the galaxies
The echo of cosmic radiation
Science’s law of causality
Evolutionary theories cannot account for and explain these scientific facts. But our Biblical, Christian worldview can.
Finally, I talk about the following and ask my evolutionist/ic friend/s for an explanation:
Irreducibly complex biological systems
The fine-tuning of the laws of Physics
Complex, detailed and specific information in DNA
Again, evolutionary theories cannot account for and explain these scientific facts. Even Atheist intelligent design theories does not really hold water at this point because of their total lack of valid proof for the existence of aliens, higher intelligent life forms, and/or the like. But where they all fail, our Biblical, Christian worldview can and does provide the true and deeply satisfying answer: GOD.