Summary: Just who is this "God" we proclaim to the world? What has He done to garner our attention? Today we look at 3 specific actions of God that demand not only our attention but our devotion!
Date Written: May 21, 2010
Date Preached: May 16, 2010
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Sermon Series: Great Doctrines of the Faith!
Sermon Title: Who is God!
Sermon Text: Exodus 3:14 (ESV)
13 Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
15 God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
Just who is God? There have been many who have asked that question and to be honest with you there is not enough time in one sermon to fully answer that question… in fact there is not enough time in a lifetime to answer that question fully!
When we hear the question who is God, it could refer to “How do I do God exists? Is God really there?” To which there are many approaches to answer that particular question. Scripture tells us in Rom 1 that there is a universal belief in God that is hard wired into our very hearts and we are without excuse if we choose to believe and the Psalmist reveals that only a fool would say that there is NO God!
From a human standpoint we have had philosophers and theologians present their case from many perspectives to ‘prove’ the existence of God. They have argued from the Cosmological standpoint that there had to be something or someone to ‘Cause’ creation and this world to happen…
They have presented arguments from the “Teleolgical” standpoint that refers to a single Designer that created all things. We have had people to share the “Ontological” argument that God always has been… He just is…
Others have argued the existence of God from an Anthropological standpoint that God is the moral compass… the moral argument for the human species. And there are many many more that I could bring forward to you about the very existence of God.
Another question that one might consider when asking the general question of “Who is God?” is the question, “What is God like? or What is His nature?” And there are many avenues of discussion in that line of questioning as well. But today my sermon will be based in a very specific part of God’s Nature… so what I want us to see and hear this morning when it comes to the question “Who is God?” is…
God is One who desires a relationship with His creation… He desires an intimate and personal relationship with YOU today! But preacher, this is God we are speaking about… the God of the entire Universe… how can He desire a relationship with me?
Well this is where His nature of love is revealed and we can see it by His very actions and this morning I want to briefly look at 3 actions that God has taken and is still taking so that you can come to know Him on an intimate and personal level.
1. 1st Action – God’s Love Proves His Desire – John 3:16 [ESV]…
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
This shows us 2 things about God’s nature… it proves His love for His creation, but it also reveals to us that it is God that has already taken the 1st step toward redemption and reconciliation to Him!
As a creation, we turned our backs on God and allowed sin to come between us, but God in his LOVE for us has reached down thru His Son, to open a doorway so that we can come to know Him, and experience a relationship with Him.
There was NOTHING that prompted this action from God outside of His love for us… we could do nothing to sway him or convince him… He has done it all out of His eternal and perfect love for us!
God loves this morning and wants you to know and experience a relationship with Him…but it was not only His love that I can see that He took action with… but the 2nd action I see God taking to bring us to a relationship with Him is…
2. 2nd Action – God’s Grace Proves His Desire – Eph 2:8-9 [ESV]…