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Do You Really Know God

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Sermon shared by Carl Allen

March 2002
Summary: Do you know who God is or do you really know God.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Seeker adults
DO YOU REALLY KNOW GOD?
HOSEA 6:6

OPENING REMARKS
STAN Ė NOT A MEAN PREACHER, NOT A TIP TOE
THROUGH THE FLOWERS PREACHER
SERMON PREP Ė BRIANíS S.S LESSON, STANíS SERMON

SERMON OUTLINE
I WANT TO START THIS SERMON OFF TODAY, WITH A SIMPLE QUESTION, THAT I WANT YOU ALL TO ASK YOURSELVES. DO YOU REALLY KNOW GOD?

SO MANY PEOPLE TODAY BELIEVE THAT THEY KNOW GOD, THE SAVIOR, THE KING OF KINGS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY ALL THEY KNOW IS ABOUT GOD. THE FACTS. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. SO LETS ADDRESS THIS QUESTION ONCE AGAIN. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GOD, OR DO YOU REALLY KNOW GOD?

JUST ABOUT EVERYONE HERE CAN SAY THAT THEY KNOW ABOUT GOD. THEY CAN GIVE YOU THE FACTS ABOUT GOD AND HOW IS HAS WORKED THROUGH THE BIBLE. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE WIDELY KNOWN FACTS THOUGH, EVEN TO THE WORLD. BUT CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT GOD DESIRES MOST FROM YOU TODAY OR WHERE GOD WOULD HAVE TO YOU BE?

IN OUR CHURCHES TODAY, THERE TENDS TO BE A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WITH A FACTS ONLY KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, A SUNDAY MORNING THEOLOGY. YET GOD DESIRES FOR US ALL TO HAVE A RELATIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF HIM.

HOSEA 6:6
SUPPORTING VERSES:
1 SAMUEL 15:22
ISAIAH 1:11
JEREMIAH 4:22
MICAH 6:8

GOD DID NOT WANT SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS MADE TO HIM BY HIS PEOPLE, HE WANTED THEIR TIME. GOD DESIRES FOR US ALL TO SEEK HIM AND SPEND TIME WITH HIM THAT WE MAY TRULY COME TO KNOW HIM.

FACTS ONLY KNOWLEDGE VS. RATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

LETS TAKE A MARRIED COUPLE FOR INSTANCE. WHEN A MAN AND WOMAN MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME, THEY ONLY KNOW THE BASIC FACTS ABOUT ONE ANOTHER. IT IS NOT UNITL THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR AWHILE THAT THEY REALLY START TO HAVE A RELATIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF ONE ANOTHER AND MELT TOGETHER AS ONE.

THE SAME HOLDS TRUE TODAY FOR US IN OUR WALK WITH GOD. IF WE TRULY DESIRE TO KNOW GOD, AS HE DESIRES TO KNOW US THEN WE WILL SPEND TIME WITH HIM AND INCORPORATE HIM INTO EVERY PART OF OUR LIFES.

GOD DESIRES SO MUCH TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL AND DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH US THAT HE EVEN TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO REACH OUT TO US.
-HE KNOCKS AT OUR HEARTS DOOR
-HE WANTS COME IN TO US AND BE APART OF OUR
LIFE.
-THE BIBLE
-HE TOOK THE INITIATE TO TELL US ALL ABOUT
HIMSELF

A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, IS NOT BUILT OFF OF A COUPLE OF PRAYERS A DAY AND ATTENDING CHURCH A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK.

NOT UNTIL WE START TO LIVE A LIFE THAT IS FULL OF GOD EVERY MINUTE OF EVERYDAY, WILL WE TRULY KNOW HIM.

GOD CALLS US TO BE CHRIST LIKE. YET HOW CAN WE KNOW WHAT CHRIST LIKE IS AND HOW TO RESPOND, IF WE DONíT EVEN KNOW WHO HE REALLY IS.

THERE ARE SIX THINGS THAT WE MUST INCORPORATE INTO OUR LIFES, IF WE TRULY DESIRE TO KNOW GOD.

-LISTEN TO GODíS WORD
-UNDERSTAND WHAT CAN BE KNOWN ABOUT GOD
-TRUST AND OBEY HIS COMMANDS
-EXPERIENCE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
-PERSONAL (AND TOTAL) INVOLVEMENT
-THE GRACE OF GOD

DO YOU REALLY KNOW GOD, THIS DAY? LETS PRAY.
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