Statement Concerning The Doctrine Of Creation
Trinity Grace Church recognises that the biblical doctrine of creation has been under sustained attack for many decades, and increasingly so even from evangelical church leaders. Therefore, in order to clarify our own convictions as a church, we have prepared the following statement. *
We believe that the creation narrative in Genesis 1 & 2 is the benchmark against which all scientific theories of origins must be tested, and that the plain reading of the text is the only reliable account of first things that we possess.
In the light of this conviction, we believe that the following truths must always form the foundation of our thinking as we approach this important doctrine:
- God is eternal and infinite having neither beginning nor end, and in that sense He is the only truly eternal being. Rev 1:11,17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13. Is. 41:4; 43:10; 44:6; 48:12.**
- God is:
Spirit. Jn 4:24; Isa 31:3; Ps 139:7-12.
Immutable. Ps 102:27; Heb 1:12; Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8; Jas 1:17.
Omniscient. Ps 40:5; Job 11:7–9; Ro 11:33.
Omnipotent. Rev 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 16:14; 19:15; 21:22; Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; 43:14; 48:3; 49:25; Ex 6:3; Num 24:4; II Cor 6:18.
Omnipresent. I Kin 8:27; II Chr 2:6; 6:18; Ps 113:4-6; 139:7-12; Jer 23:23-24.
- Creation is a supernatural event ‘out of nothing’, brought about by an act of divine will at God’s word of command. Rev 4:11; 10:6; Gen 1:1; Ex 20:11; Isa 40:26,28; Jer 32:17; Jn 1:1–3; Ac 17:24; Eph 3:9; Col. 1:16,17; Heb 1:2,10.
- In six days God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Gen 1:1; 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11; 31:17.
- All living things were created according to particular, distinct ‘kinds’ and only reproduce according to those ‘kinds’ Gen 1:24-25; 7:1-3,13-16; 8:15-19.
- Humanity was made in the image of God as the pinnacle of God’s creative activity. Gen 1:26-27; 5:1; I Cor 11:7; James 3:9.
- God sustains creation as an act of will by the word of His power. Heb 1:3; Ps 104:1-35; 135:6-7; 145:16-17; Mt 10:29-30; Col 1:17.
- The world that God created was good with no sin, corruption, death or disease. Gen 1:1:10,12,18,21,25,31; Ecc 7:29.
- Adam was the first man and Eve the mother of all living. Gen 1:27; 2:7; 3:20.
- Adam and Eve sinned by direct disobedience to God’s command, and as a result of their sin (Adam in particular being the divinely appointed head of the human race) and moral rebellion, death resulted as a direct judgment from God and reigned over them and all their offspring. Rom 5:12,19; Gen 2:17; 3:19; Rom 6:23; I Cor 15:21-22.
- All people have inherited a sinful nature by our lineage from Adam. Rom 5:12,19; Gen 3:1-24; I Cor 15:22.
- The whole of creation has been brought under the bondage of corruption and decay as a direct consequence of this cosmic treason. Gen 3:17-19; Rom 8:20-22; Heb 6:8.
The statement as found above was approved by the church members meeting held on 12th September 2012
* This extended statement supplements the brief statement in our basis of faith section b), and complements the longer statement in chapter 4 of the 1689 Confession to which the church is fully committed (see part 3.1 in section C of our constitution).
** Scripture references listed are not intended to be exhaustive, but rather a helpful summary of the main points. If you would like a more complete list of references, or for other literature that may be of help, please ask one of the elders.