. Sermon - Why Are You Here? Genesis 1:23-30

Why Are You Here?
Genesis 1:23-30
Message One

    Introduction: This will be the first message in a series on biblical change. The first messages will lay the foundation for what is biblical change and why does God desire it of you and how can you change.

               The first two messages will deal with "Why are you here? Not just in this service (although that's a good question). Why are you living on earth.

      1. Evolution says you are a biological accident. Totally a matter of change, with no purpose or future. If you do an internet search you will find various idea. One says that Buddhism I the best answer. You preexisted and will exist again as something, from a rock, animal, better or worst person depending on how you handle this life.

                 A doctor recently said the best answer is bio centralism . In classical physics, the past is assumed to exist as a definite series of events, but according to quantum physics, the past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities." The observer is the first cause, the vital force that collapses not only the present but the cascade of past spatio-temporal events we call evolution. Our father was some chemical in a primeval soup 5 billion years ago, that became a amino acid, that produced a protein. Do you one common thing about all these idea about the origin of man?

                 It gives no hope for the present. You are on the evolution's mythical railroad headed into the stars. Present struggle of the fittest is a sacrifice for the future. The present is not important.

                Kill off anyone who hinders the future. Abortion, Kill the baby that would be an inconvenience to it mother. Kill old people who can not produce, or kill anyone who maybe is not intelligent enough to help future generations.

      ILLUS: Scandinavia in Northern Europe has a very enlightened and modern population. Some years ago they passed euthanasia laws which gives a doctor the authority to terminate the life of an old person who has lost their health to the degree they would have a poor quality of life. They also have socialized medicine and many are afraid to go to doctors even with minor problems....afraid they will murdered for the benefit of the state. Obamacare is socialized medicine.

                You see the Devil's substitute for the biblical account of how God created the earth is that evolution is god. Evolution's premise is that only the strong have the right to survive. In other words, the only purpose in life is to prepare for a future generation. That's your only function....to biologically produce the next generation.

                No wonder folks are confused, no wonder the eat, drink and be merry philosophy of today. What hope does a person have....you only live and then die....there conclusion is there is no purpose to life!

      2. Why are you here? Does the world's answer give you any satisfaction?? Does it give you any hope?

      3. This Bible is God's word. That just means it is a written record of what God wanted to tell man. It is His Word. His word on why we are here and what we are to do.

      4. Only God was at the Creation or the beginning of the Universe. The Evolutionist were not, nor any man. The best man can do apart from hearing an eye witness account is read a eye witness account.


      A. "Let us make man in our own image." (Genesis 1:26)

        1. Hebrew word means "that which is representative." It does not mean we look like God, but have characteristics that God has.

        2. The Heb. word, likeness, means "a model, resemblance, fashion, manner or similitude."

        3. God gave man a mind, a will and emotion. By the way...if we all had a common ancestor, why do not animals and all life have a will, intelligence and emotion. Where did the plants come from?

      B. "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;" (Gen 5:1)

      C. If we are made in the image of God, having godly characteristics....there must be a reason!

        1. If I gave you a hammer, would you not think I wanted you to hammer something?

        2. If God gave us a mind (intelligence) we ought to use it. If a will then we should make choices, and if emotion..then we should feel. That simple to understand.

        3. If I gave you a hammer, and you conclude I want you to hammer something!? Right. Well the next logical question is WHAT?? I must have had something in mind to give you a hammer.

        4. God gave us a mind, a will and emotion to use them. That logical...but For WHAT Purpose. A mind to think...think what....a will to chose...chose what....emotion....to feel what!?


      A. If I walked up to you and gave you a hammer, without saying anything else you would wonder...Why did he do that, what does he want me to do with it?

        1. God did not give us these His characteristic without telling us why!

        2. His word tells us why! He gave us written instructions to know what to do with them.

      B. What then does the Bible, God's instruction tell us?

        1. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Eccl. 12:13)

        2. "And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (13) To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?" (Deut. 10:12-13)

      C. It is easy to see man is not doing that! The world is in gross sin. Even many professing Christians also are not living for the Lord. For many if it were not for them saying they were believers you would not suspect they were.

      D. So mankind is not fulfilling God's stated purpose in being here. By the way....who is mankind? Is it not you and me?

        1. Many rebel against the thought that we are created and not created for our own gratification.

        2. World seeks to please itself...not the one who created them.

        3. Even a believer will find himself in great trouble if he runs contrary to fulfilling his created purpose.

      ILLUS: There was once a not to bright farmer who made a lot of money. He got to thinking about riding that open old hot and dusty John Deer tractor. He had lot of money so he went into town and brought a brand new Lincoln Continental with an air condition and heater. He then got a welder and wielded a three point hitch on the rear bumper and hooked his disk up and headed to the field. Well, you can imagine what happened. You should have seen him driving a Lincoln Continental out in the field pulling a plow behind! He only went a short way and then he got struck! Folks a new Lincoln is not made to plow fields, cultivate crops and spread manure! He had a great idea....but it was faulty.

    You say...what a silly illustration...no one would do something that dumb! Think a moment...

    E. Neither is man made to live in sin.

      1. Sin ruins man. Rom. 6:23. The wages of sin is death.

      2. QUESTION?: Name me one thing that is sin that is beneficial to you? Just one.

    F. Romans 1:21-25. Note: Verse 32.

      1. The whole matter is this:

        God knows what is best for you.
        He created you for a purpose.
        People are not fulfilling that purpose and are having great difficulty, heartache trouble.

      2. God gave us all we needed to live purposeful, happy and productive lives. He gave us a mind a will, and emotion.

      3. The world says if you give me what I want I will be happy! Folks win the ungodly lottery...and get everything they want...it ruins their lives and they commit suicide and they lives are ruined. All it does it makes bigger problems.

    ILLUS: I have an Internet web site called Bible Truth. I get many e-mails a week from people from all over the world....many are hurting and frustrated.....their lives have no purpose.

               Recently I received mail from two women the same week who we so confused. They were asking for help. Both explained they were living with a man....who they were not married too. Yes, there were children....the man was being unfaithful... Folks God never intended a man and woman to live together outside wedlock and have children go up such a situation.. Here we have two couples living without any real purpose.

    4. BUT THERE IS GOD'S WAY!! You can live happy, production and fulfilled likes in spite of sickness, poverty, loneliness, and trouble of every kind!! Folks sin of every kind can be overcome...it can be overcome, forgiven and put behind you through belief and trust in Jesus Christ. That why we are here, so that we can have a personal relationship with our Creator and God....for all eternity.


    A. The truth is you were created by God to live for him and in doing so you would live the greatest like possible. But so many, live to themselves.

    ILLUS: While in the 70's I lived in Winston-Salem, NC and the newspaper on Sunday came with another paper called "Parade." One Sunday morning as I opened it i looked at the cover and it almost broke my heart. Pictured was a young teenage girl standing in the rain on a busy highway holding a sign that said....."Any Where."

    B. What are you apart from a personal relationship with God?

      1. Hopelessly separated from God. God says in describing what a person is who believes in Christ and lives for the Lord:

      TURN TO; Ephesians 2:1-3

                 "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others."

      2. Spiritually dead. Folks, the best the lost man can do is a failure. TURN TO: 1 Cor. 2:14 "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

                 What the verse says a man with out Christ is like a ship out of water. A ship that goes nowhere. It has all the potential, but out of its intended element of operation which is water...it is worthless. Is it not a tragedy that Christ offers us a wonderful life and yet so many are totally missing it.

      ILLUS: What if a man would find a map that tells where a great treasure is buried. But, the map is in a language unknown to him. A person who is schooled in foreign languages tells him he knows the language and can help him. Wouldn't it be foolish for the man with the map to not believe or trust the man and reject his offer? The way is there, the instruction is there, yet he can not use the information. That is like the unsaved.

                 The person who does not know Christ as their Lord and Savior...the way is there for a fulfilled and purposeful life, yet because they will not believe they miss God's treasures.

                 Note what God says about the person who will not believe and received Jesus Christ as their Savior.

        He is:

        3. Hostile to God. Does like to hear preaching on sin either. James 4:1-7

        4. Blinded by Satan. 2 Cor. 4:1-6

        5. Powerless to Overcome Sin's Hold. John 8:34

        6. Incapable of Living a Spiritual Fruit and Meaningful Life. John 15:4-6

        7. His/her life is marked and scarred by sin.

        ILLUS: Have you notices the faces and appearance of people who live in sin.....? The live for another high. Always seeking fun and entertainment, yet never satisfied. I have a relative who has lived a life of sin. You can see the tragedy of her life in her face. It is empty....

      A. Through coming into a right relationship to Christ by faith in Jesus Christ you can:

        1. Have your sins forgiven. Eph. 1:7

        Col. 1:13-14. Compare this with being hopeless separated from God.

        2. Receive the new Birth. John 3:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3)

        Compare this to being spiritually dead as God's says the lost man is.

        3. Have excess to God. Heb. 10:19-22.

        Compare this to being separated and alienated from the God who created you.

        4. Understand the things of God. 1 Cor. 2:9-13

        Compare this to being blind to God and spiritual dead.

        5. Become a new person living a wholesome and abundant life.

      B. Compare this to remaining a person who is a vile sinner, unable to overcome sin...living a life of being defected to sin. And the list goes on and on!!!


    A. He gave you a mind. You can hear and understand God's instruction. You can reason and see the evidence it is true.

      1. You also have the will God gave you. You can chose to do what you know is right, because you understand that this is God's plan for you.

      2. You can also to a degree feel the convicting power of God's Spirit drawing you.

    B. God instructs in his Word. To Believe in Him.

      1. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life." (John 5:24)

      2. "But what does it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Romans 10:8-10)

    C. God says to repent of your sin. What is the reality?

      1. You are a sinner. You will die in you sins and go to a Devil's hell, unless you receive Christ.

      ". . . and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:15)

      2. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) Dear friend God wants you to be saved.


      1. "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7)

      2. "For it pleased {the Father that} in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross."(Colossians 1:19-20)



      1. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:18-19)

      2. "And even as they did not like to retain God in {their} knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;" (Romans 1:28)


    " Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (John 8:34)


    "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (John 8:24)


    1. You were created to be saved. To have the nature of God and forgiveness of sin.

    2. You were created...your creator has a plan for you. That's God's purpose for you life. Everything begins with believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. It begins the moment you say YES....stop fighting with the Lord who loves you....and it will continue for all eternity.

    3. Will you accept it, believe and trust in Christ as your Savior to forgive you sins and give you the gift of eternal life.

    4. The Bible says God is long suffering, desiring that nor perish.

    5. God is the God change. God wants to give you forgiveness and eternal life. He wants to give you a full and abundant life.....yet He can only do it if you let Him in.

    You have to want the change do you want the life God intended for you? You can have it right now...believe and ask God to save you...right now.

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