MOPC Adult SS The Westminster Shorter Catechism                                       Winter 2009

Lesson 6


Creation... How Did He Do That?!


Q&A #9: What is the work of creation? The work of creation is God's making all things of nothing by the word of his power in the space of six days- and all very good.


Key texts: Making all things (Gen. 1:1) from nothing (Heb. 11:3), by his word (Ps. 33:9), in the space of six days and all very good (Gen. 1:31)


What are the key elements of the popular views of the origin of the universe? Why do these theories seem reasonable to unbelieving men? What are the core assumptions of today's popular theories of creation?




How long did it take Jesus to make wine out of water? Would it take God any longer to create anything else?





Is God's creation still "very good"? Are created things inherently evil? 





In His Image


Q&A #10: How did God create man? God created man, male and female, after his own image in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.



Key texts: God created man/woman after his image (Gen. 1:27), in knowledge righteousness and holiness (Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:24), with dominion over the creatures (Gen. 1:28)


Of all the creatures, what is man's unique role?




What is the popular theory of the creation of man? How does Gen. 2:7 address this idea?




What does it mean that man was created with knowledge? (see Gen. 2:20, 3:20)




What does it mean that was created in righteousness?




What does it mean that was created in holiness?




Before the fall, Adam knew the Lord's will, desired to serve him, and was able to do the works of righteousness as the king of creation. How does this help us better appreciate the total depravity of man, the saving work of Christ conversion, and even the church?