Summary: God was at His best when he forgave a sinner on Nov. 7, 1978 in a church in Mpls. Mn.. To me that was the day God was at His best! The premise is God is at His best when he saves souls.
When God was at His best?
(Sermon idea and title is from E.V. Hill’s message called “God at His Best” spoken at the Evangelism Summit at Willow Creek Community Church in Oct. of 1998).
Thesis: God was at His best when he forgave a sinner on Nov. 7, 1978 in a church in Mpls. Mn.. To me that was the day God was at His best! The premise is God is at His best when he saves souls.
There is a question that often enters my mind from time to time. It’s the question of what is the greatest thing God has ever done? Have you ever wondered about that question? Have you thought about the possible answers to this question. What was His best miracle? His greatest invention? His greatest achievement? His greatest personal mile stone? His greatest day? His greatest year?
I sat and pondered this over the last week when was God at His best? NO, really what is God’s most impressive act as God.
T.S.- Lets explore a few pinnacle moments in history and see if we can discover when God was at his best.
I. I wonder if God was at His best the day He created the Heavens and the Earth?
a. This was definitely a breakthrough week for God. He made his greatest inventions of all time during this time frame. The best day has to be found here somewhere.
i. He made a Heaven and a world one week in history. There are not many scientists or individuals who can boast about creating the Heavens and also the earth.
1. There is not a soul alive or dead that could say, “I created the earth and everything in it!”
2. I don’t ever recall any one staking the claim to creating a universe and a planet in a week’s time. Have you?
b. Lets look at the Bible and discovered How God did it back in Genesis 1:1-24.
The Holy Bible, New International Version
Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 (NIV)
2Now the earth was£ formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:3 (NIV)
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Genesis 1:4 (NIV)
4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:5 (NIV)
5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Genesis 1:6 (NIV)
6And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
Genesis 1:7 (NIV)
7So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.
Genesis 1:8 (NIV)
8God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
Genesis 1:9 (NIV)
9And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
Genesis 1:10 (NIV)
10God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:11 (NIV)
11Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
Genesis 1:12 (NIV)
12The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:13 (NIV)
13And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
Genesis 1:14 (NIV)
14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,
Genesis 1:15 (NIV)
15and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
Genesis 1:16 (NIV)
16God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
Genesis 1:17 (NIV)
17God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
Genesis 1:18 (NIV)
18to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:19 (NIV)
19And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
Genesis 1:20 (NIV)
20And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
Genesis 1:21 (NIV)
21So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.