Summary: Using the acronymn of GRACE, The R is Right Relationship. God created us as social creatures and he desires for us to live in community with him and with others.
THE LIFE OF G.R.A.C.E.
Sept. 4, 2005
Intro: Last week we started this series of talks on the Shepherd’s covenant. We dealt last week with the G in the GRACE acronym that stands for Genuine Accountability. Today we are going to look at the R which stands for Right Relationship.
In order to be what God has called us to be, and in order to live the life of grace that he intends we must begin by understanding that life is based on right relationships.
Life is full of relationships. God intended is to be that way. He created us as social creatures and he desires for us to live in community with him and with others.
Our society is crazy about relationships. We are a culture of relationship watchers.
***Power Point slides of celebrity relationships
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn
Charlie Brown and Snoopy
Today we want to look at how we move from the absurd relationship model of our society to the true covenant model designed by God.
I. Right Relationship to God
The first step in right relationship to God is to recognize who God is.
Scripture tells us several things about who God is. We must recognize these traits in him so that we can fully understand his uniqueness and his character.
God is holy.
Holiness means to be set apart, perfect, spiritually pure or evoking adoration and honor.
“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his holy mountain,for the Lord our God is holy.”
Psalm 99:9 (NIV)
God is completely set apart from man in his character, his attributes and his purity.
God is creator.
God is the originator of all life. It began in his Spirit and came to being in His voice.
“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see.”
Genesis 1:1 (The Message)
The fact of all creation is that God is the originator. Everything you see did not originate from nothing. God had the thought, the power and the word to make it happen.
Charles Darwin himself recognized that his theory was flawed.
"The number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth must be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory." - Charles Darwin 1902 edition.
“…I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science….It is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts.” Charles Darwin to Asa Gray, cited by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin, (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1991) pp. 456, 475.
The point to understand is that if God is God, he is also the creator of all things.
“Praise him, high heaven, praise him, heavenly rain clouds; Praise, oh let them praise the name of God; he spoke the word, and there they were!”
Psalm 148:4-5 (The Message)
By recognizing God as creator we acknowledge his authority over our lives.