Summary: Who is God? What is He Like? Does God exist?
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I’m going to do with this sermon what the Bible does with the existence of God… it never argues for his existence. It simply ____________________ it.
“In the beginning, God created…” Genesis 1:1
God is infinite: Don’t be afraid to celebrate the mystery of God!
“If you can understand it, it’s not God.” – St. Augustine
"To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
Why you should listen today:
WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT GOD WILL CONTROL YOUR _________ IN THE PRESENT, and YOUR DIRECT YOUR ___________________ IN THE FUTURE!
With that in mind, let’s look at 4 core truths about God:
1. God is ______________________________.
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…” Acts 17:24
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” Genesis 1:1
2. God is _____________________.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." Isaiah 6:1-7
What is “HOLINESS?” The Holiness of God is the ________________________ ___________________________ of God’s character.
Each of the four living creatures had six wings… Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:8
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15-16
(see also Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7)
Holiness is an attribute that God _________________________________. We’ll discuss this more when we talk about salvation and sanctification.
3. God is _______________.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him... We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:16, 19
4. God is _______________________.
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth… he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else… so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:24-27
“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8
“So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6:31-33
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Luke 12:6-7
What does it mean for your life if you believe…
• God is the Creator – he made you?
• God is holy, and wants you to be?
• God is loving and forgiving?
• God is personal --- he wants to you know him?
Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God … Revelation 8:3-4
My purpose in this sermon is not to prove the existence of God. If you want me to do that, I would be glad to sit down with you and have a great conversation on it…
I’m going to do with this sermon what the Bible does with the existence of God… it never argues for his existence. It simply assumes it.
Look at Genesis 1:1. The first verse of the Bible, God’s personal revelation to you. If you were God, what do you want to say to make people believe? What do you want to do to convince people that you are REAL? Look at what God does: