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Knowing God

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Sermon shared by Carl Willis

March 2000
Summary: There is a great difference between knowing God and knowing about God.
Audience: General adults
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Knowing God

John 14:7-11

Thought: Many people know alot about God and about scripture, but they fail to ever truly know God.

I. There is a difference between book knowledge and relational knowledge
A. The Pharisees were well versed in the Word, but were not close to
the author.
1. Many people today know alot about the Bible
- they know the stories
- they know what it says
- they can even argue theology
2. Knowledge of the Word is not a replacement for knowing
the author.

II. How does a person get to know God
A. The family introduction - ďNo man cometh unto the Father, but by
meĒ - vs. 6
- You meet God through His Son
- Jesus came to bring forth that intimate relationship
- Jesus revealed the nature of God
B. By talking and more importantly by listening
- It is impossible to get to know someone, if you never speak to
them.
- By the same token, if you do all of the talking and none of the
listening...you donít hear
C. By spending time with God
- Study Godís word, learn the things that make Him angry, that
make Him joyful. Know that the Bible is a letter to you....donít
read it as a book, it is a letter addressed to you. Hear Godís
voice as you read His words.
- Prayer - Worship His attributes, Reflect on past interactions,
Say youíre sorry for having hurt Him before, Ask Him to go
with you everywhere.
- Allow Him to lead you and work through you. Go where He
asks you to go.
II. Benefits of knowing God
A. The closest friend youíll ever find
B. A true and trusted friend, who never leaves or forsakes
C. A guardian who watches out for you
D. A friend who will shoulder even your biggest burdens
E. Knowing Godís will for your life becomes easier
F. Source of strength when you are weak
G. Who better to hang out with, He can do anything
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