“Why am I here?” This question resonates deeply inside each of us. We all want to know the purpose of our lives.
What am I here for? Why does any of it matter?
Wondering about our importance and significance often is where we start to ask questions. But getting answers to these questions is not where the Bible begins.
Within the grand narrative, the first “act” is creation. The Bible doesn’t begin with an explanation of humanity and its purpose. Instead, it begins with the existence of God.
The introductory phase, “God created,” asserts that God Himself is the cornerstone for all reality, truth, and significance. Humanity–and its purpose–can only be rightly understood in its relationship to God. Humans are image bearers; we are contingent on the One whose image we bear.
We can’t answer a student’s questions about their own life unless we can put their story into an overarching narrative that makes sense of the world. And the first task in building this narrative is learning about the One who authored it.
In Genesis 1, we learn a great deal about God. First and foremost, He demonstrates that He is the Creator and Author of life.
In some ways, this ability to create has been passed on to us as His image bearers. We can see this in so many fields. In the arts it’s obvious, and even in mathematics, there’s a need for creativity–or inspiration–in developing methods and theories.
Part of our job as faculty members is relating the individual stories and passions of our students to the overarching story of redemption. A huge part of this story deals with humanity’s ability to create and steward.
Professor Durrell Nelson: Cinematic Arts
Professor Durrell Nelson takes and in-depth approach to creativity in filmmaking. He guides his students so they can see how the field can be used for the glory of God.
Beth: B.A. Cinematic Arts
“In order for God’s creative power to come out in what we create — we have to seek Him in what we do. Being able to sit down with a professor and seek that together is absolutely incredible.”