Friday, 12 February 2016

The Creation Mandate

A week on Sunday I am beginning a new series at church on Genesis. In the first sermon I intend to answer the question, "What does 'Be fruitful and increase in number' (Gen 1:28) mean for the Christian?" Genesis 1:28 is sometimes called The Creaion Mandate. As I will argue in the sermon, The Creation Mandate is a command for Adam and Eve to spread the image of God all over the earth. For us, in the New Covenant age however, we obey this command, not by having loads of children, but by proclaiming the gospel. Therefore, you don't need to be married with lots of babies to be obedient to this command! In fact, many will forego the privileges of marriage and the blessing of children so that they may be more effective in their service to Christ.

With this sermon on my mind, I was really pleased to come across this John Piper video where he reminds Christians not to forget Kingdom priorities when making decisions about marriage and children.


3 comments:

  1. Great clear way of explaining a question that can get overcomplicated. The same straightforward principle can be applied to the question of assisted conception.

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  2. Great clear way of explaining a question that can get overcomplicated. The same straightforward principle can be applied to the question of assisted conception.

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  3. Being married late on in years and a childless couple this whole subject has been a struggle for me personally and for some singles I know. However, in the end I came to rest on God's perfect plan and can see that children would not have worked in our situation in any event. Nevertheless, there have been times and still are on occasions when the question arises from well meaning people both non-believers and believers and I feel the need to find a satisfactory answer to put a lid on the issue. Don't get me wrong, I do not mourn the lack of children or hanker after children. Nevertheless, this series and the youtube clip from John Piper has helped to clarify some areas of uncertainty and will be used as a weapon when the enemy seeks to cast doubts and fears upon my mind. Thank you for your perseverance & handling of the scriptures.

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