Why the Doctrine of Creation Matters for Your Life

She wasn’t going to yield. 

That much was abundantly clear. 

What is the big deal with the creation of this world? And, why does this doctrine matter to your life? Find out the answers to these questions in today's post. Discover what the Bible teaches about creation and what we can learn from studying creation.

Her fists were clenched tightly as she loudly objected, straining to free herself from the dentist’s chair.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

Shakespeare’s words came to mind as I looked at my three-year-old daughter with a mixture of pride and exasperation.  I admired her conviction but at the same time, I knew she was fighting against something that was ultimately for her own good.

My girl had already had one bad experience at the dentist and she had no intention of repeating it.  She won her battle that day after the dentist gave up (eventually we found another dentist who knew how to work with children).

A closed fist is a revealing form of body language that connotes firmness of resolve-think of someone preparing for a fight. It’s a signal of unyieldingness.

Open palms usually have a positive effect on people- a sign of making amends.  Combined with outstretched arms, it communicates openness and acceptance.

People who are worshipping often, instinctively, adopt this gesture, holding their arms outstretched, palms open. 

You may have heard of the phrase, open-handed vs. close-handed issues.  It can be used to differentiate between the beliefs that Christians hold; the ones that are non-negotiable, clearly required by the Bible, and the ones that we may differ on with others, as the Bible is unclear on them and salvation does not hinge on their adherence on way or the other.

We must be brave enough to receive and hold to what the Bible teaches as inerrant truth from God (close-handed), but we should remain humble and avoid needless controversy when it comes to the open-handed issues.

The doctrine of creation is this, 

God created the entire universe out of nothing; it was originally very good; he created it to glorify himself.  (1)

To enjoy the rest of this post, go with me over to Dawn Klinge’s site.

Click HERE for the remainder of this post.

Join us each week on Wednesdays as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenants of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.

Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”

In addition, you can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.

For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology:  An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.

It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.


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5 thoughts on “Why the Doctrine of Creation Matters for Your Life

  1. What a great post, Dawn!
    From the dentist chair to Francis Schaeffer – all in one post!
    Love the message. Love the reasons why Creation matters.
    Thank you for teaching in such a clear and relatable fashion.
    Sure do appreciate you~

  2. Terrific post, Mel. Sharing everywhere. We tend to forget that God works all things together “for good” meaning for His glory, don’t we? This truth keeps driving home time and time again of late. Thank you for your ministry, this series with Dawn is excellent! <3

    1. Thank you, Ruthie!
      Dawn actually wrote this one, and I think it is excellent!
      Really appreciate you sharing and stopping by to offer these words of encouragement!
      You are a blessing~

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