The Third Task of the Teacher in the Discipleship process involves correcting any misunderstandings we may have about the origin of life and creation. There are certain things the Church believes about the existence of the universe and the origin of human life.
In short, the Church believes that the Universe has a Creator and we can look to Genesis 1:1, and Revelation 4:11 for some examples of why we believe this.
Here is a sermon John MacArthur gave on this subject.
The Theology of Creation by John MacArthur
#1. The Church believes in Common Grace. (see Matthew 5:45)
“Common Grace is the Grace of God by which he gives people innumerable blessings that are not part of salvation.” (Wayne Grudem)
#2. We share the universe with spirits. (see Nehemiah 9:6)
“Angels are created, spiritual beings with moral judgment and high intelligence, but without physical bodies.” (Wayne Grudem)
“Demons are evil angels who sinned against God and who now continually work evil in the world.” (Wayne Grudem)
Here is a book explaining a Christian perspective on the existence of spirits:
#3. We were created as male and female by God. (see Genesis 1:27)
“We may summarize the ways in which our creation as male and female represents something of our creation in God’s image as follows: The creation of man as male and female shows God’s image in (1) harmonious interpersonal relationships, (2) equality in person hood and importance, (3) difference in role and authority.” (Wayne Grudem)
The Bible describes men and women as having bodies, souls and spirits, although we are not given a detailed explanation of what a soul or spirit actually is. There are some Bible verses that say a soul can express emotion, but we are told in other places that a spirit can as well. (Compare John 12:27 with John 13:21)
#4. God is in control of our lives.
“”God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them, (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; and (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes.” (Wayne Grudem)
“We have 3 subtopics according to the three elements in the definition above: (1) Preservation, (2) Concurrence, and (3) Government.”
(1) Preservation (see Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:17)
“God keeps all things existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them.” (Wayne Grudem)
(2) Concurrence (see Ephesians 1:11, Psalm 104:14)
“God cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do.” (Wayne Grudem)
(3) Government (see Psalm 103:19, Daniel 4:35)
“God has a purpose in all that he does in the world and he providentially governs and directs all things in order that they accomplish his purposes.” (Wayne Grudem)
Not everyone in the Church agrees on these issues. There are some who “conclude that God’s providential involvement in or control of history must not include every specific detail of every event that happens, but that God instead simply responds to human choices and actions as they come about and does so in such a way that his purposes are ultimately accomplished in the world.” (Wayne Grudem)
#5. Miracles are possible. (see Exodus 15:11, Psalm 72:18)
“A miracle is a less common kind of God’s activity in which he arouses people’s awe and wonder and bears witness to Himself.” (Wayne Grudem)
#6. Sin (see Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)
Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature.” (Wayne Grudem)
Sin is imperfection. There is a range of imperfection that exists in human nature. There are some people who are 99% good and 1% sinful; while other people will be 99% sinful and 1% good, and when God comes looking for 100% goodness in our lives, he walks away disappointed in us.
God comes to our lives looking for a pure reflection of Himself (100%) in each one of us that can no longer be found in people who are 99% good or 1% good (See Psalm 53:2-3).
Jesus considered sin to be a blinding influence on people’s lives (see John 9:40-41) and we need to help new believers gain a deeper understanding of the impact this has on human nature.
In the Bible, God described the sinner’s condition as a person who cannot tell the difference between their left and right hand (see Jonah 4:11), and discipleship involves helping others have the discipline to agree with His point of view.
#7. The Covenants Between God and Man
“A covenant is an unchangeable, divinely imposed legal agreement between God and man that stipulates the conditions of their relationship.” (Wayne Grudem)
The Lord wants one person in your area to take responsibility for helping people become familiar with the different aspects of Creation when we are making disciples.
The information here covers chapters 15 through 25 and 31 from Wayne Grudem’s book that can provide more material to share if you want to volunteer to work on the Third Task of the Teacher.
If you want to volunteer for this task, here is a book that can help you.
A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller