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Summary: A look at how our attitude affects how we live for God. This sermon looks at our internal attitude, what we think of God and ourselves.

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-welcome to Drink Deep on this fine Sunday evening. I know, it’s weird to be here in January without the Colts playing but life goes on.

-for the next two weeks we’re going to look at attitude. Now I want to make this a little bit clear, I don’t mean “attitude” [SNAP]. If you want to learn about that, watch Jersey Shore. No, please, don’t watch Jersey Shore.

-but we’re going to ask some questions for you to think about. Maybe you haven’t thought about some of these things before, but take a second and see what you come up with. Like this one?

1. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT GOD?

-and I’m serious about this one. If someone were to ask you about God, how would you answer? And where did you get that from?

-it’s a fair question. Where have you found out what you know about God?

-from my experience, it seems like a lot of people know what they know about God not through prayer or reading their Bible, but from things other people have told them. Kind of like here. Some of you, most of what you know about God is not what you have read about yourself or talked with God about, it’s stuff you’ve heard me or other adults here say.

-now I want you to think about this for a second, what kind of a relationship would you have with someone if every single thing you knew about them came from someone else? They never told you anything for themselves, it all came from a secondhand source?

-trust me, I’m glad if you listen to me and I try my best to make sure I’m telling you what I find to be true, but it can’t all come from me or from Pastor Mike or from whoever it is. Nothing takes the place of knowing God for yourself, like Paul found out:

**Phil. 3:9b-10 -> 9I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. 10I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience His resurrection power, be a partner in His suffering, and go all the way with Him to death itself. (MSG)

-Paul figured it out. Following the rules, hearing what to do, who God is from someone else, not good enough. He wanted to know God for himself. He didn’t want to hear about Christ’s resurrection power, he wanted to experience it, to be a partner, or teammate, in Christ’s suffering.

-second hand information isn’t the same as knowing. I’m pretty sure everyone in this room has heard of Peyton Manning, the basketball player. No, we live in Indy, we hear about that big headed quarterback all the time. But you can hear on the news what he’s like, you can read on Wikipedia where he went to school, what he majored in, you can even hear from the hotel staff at a game what he had for breakfast but guess what, I dare you to walk up to him and give him a hug since you’re such a good friend and know so much about him. And prepare to be tazed.


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