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THE GREATNESS OF GOD

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Sermon shared by Wayne Burnett

February 2001
Summary: THE CHURCH HAS YET TO GRASP THE GREATNESS OF GOD
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
THE GREATNESS OF GOD
PS 19:1-6

I. OUR PERCEPTION OF GOD
A. Everyone has a perception of God - the atheist, skeptic, sinner, world religion, Christian
B. As Christians we have done our very best to understand and explain God
-universities, theological seminaries, commentaries, etc
C. For all this we have barely scratched the surface of understanding how great God is
-how does a limited mind understand an unlimited God, who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent?
-how does a finite, temporary being understand an infinite and eternal being?
-how does that which has a birth and a death comprehend that which has no beginning and no end?
D. The more we think we know about Him the more we realize we don’t know about Him
E. One of the things the Bible points out that demonstrates the greatness of God is the creation around us

II. THE WONDER OF CREATION
A. God’s purpose for the wonder of creation is to give us proof that He exists
-Rom 1:20 (NLT) From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God
-Ps 19:1-4 (NLT) The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world.
B. Man has used creation to try to show that God does not exists, but the fact is that without God man is unable to fully comprehend or explain the universe
-Eccl 3:11 (NLT) God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
-Eccl 8:17 (NLT) This reminded me that no one can discover everything God has created in our world, no matter how hard they work at it. Not even the wisest people know everything, even if they say they do.
C. Some of man’s explanations have come under heavy scrutiny lately
-newly discovered galaxy cluster - baffles man’s understanding of the age of the universe
-newly discovered planets 14 to 40 times the size of Jupiter send astronomers back to the drawing board
-a newly developed theory has been developed to explain it all - the “Design Theory”
D. Science is beginning to accept the fact that there is an intelligent design to the universe and if there is a design then there must be a designer
E. What importance does this have for us?

III. THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S GREATNESS FOR THE CHRISTIAN
A. We are often faced with trials and fears that seem to overwhelm us
-Ps 55:5-7 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.
B. Often our view of God is brought low by the size of the mountain before us
-God is greater than all problems, greater than all our fears
C. When we begin to focus on God’s greatness it causes us to realize He is “Able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think...”

D. Isaiah’s reference to the greatness
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