In this sermon I will present simple statements base in scripture that have the phrase "God Is".
God does not try to defend His existence, He simple declares He Is. Also The phrase "IN THE BEGINNING: is used in the Bible A TOTAL OF EIGHT TIMES.
3 TIMES FOR GOD; 1 TIME FOR JESUS.
4 TIMES FOR THE BEGINNING OF A KINGS REIGN.
A mother was approached by her young son, who asked, "Mommy, did God make Himself?" Realizing that such questions by children are very important and must be answered, she dropped what she was doing and sat down with her youngster for a little talk. Pointing to her wedding band, she said, "This is a 'love ring,' which your daddy gave me when we were married. Look at it closely and tell me where it begins and where it ends."
The youngster examined it carefully and then said, "There's no starting
place and stopping place to a ring." The mother replied, "That's the way
it is with God. He had no beginning and has no end, yet He encircles our
lives with His presence. He is too wonderful, too great, for our minds
to understand. Nobody ever made God -- He always was!" Somehow the boy
realized that for God to be God, He could not have been created. He had
to be without beginning and without end.
(1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Hebrews 1:10 (NASB)
And, "THOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING DIDST LAY THE FOUNDATION OF THE
EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF THY HANDS;
A. I HAVE KNOWLEDGE THAT INCLUDES; KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
If I draw a circle and say let's make this circle represent all the knowledge
of the world;
how much do you have? Would you be willing to say I have some knowledge you do
B. I KNOW GOD IS:
1. MY KNOWLEDGE IS CONFIRMED THROUGH HIS WORD.
2. MY KNOWLEDGE IS CONFIRMED IN HIS FELLOWSHIP.
3. MY KNOWLEDGE IS CONFIRMED IN HIS BLESSINGS.
4. MY KNOWLEDGE IS CONFIRMED IN HIS PATIENCE. \
a. IN SPITE OF MY FAILURES.
6. MY KNOWLEDGE IS CONFIRMED IN HIS PROVISIONS.
Several years ago our church was taking a religious census. We would go door to door and ask do you have a local church preference. One home the door was shut but I asked my question to the man inside through this closed door. He then said your problem is that you believe the first 4 words of the Bible.
As I walked away the answer had surprised me so much I asked myself
"what are the first 4 words of the Bible? I then repeated the
words "In the beginning God". I walked back up
on the porch and hollered "you are right I do believe the first four words
of the Bible. (I could have added and all the other words.)
Do you believe these words of the Bible? They tell us about God
and that He is God.
A. GOD IS NOT LIMITED BY:
2. PRESENCE. He Is Omnipresent,
3. WISDOM. He Is Omniscient,
POWER. He Is Omnipotent
John Huffman in his book, "Who's In Charge Here?", tells about Robert Dick Wilson, a great professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. One of Dr. Wilson's students had been invited back to preach in Miller Chapel twelve years after his graduation.
Old Dr. Wilson came in and sat down near the front. At the close of the meeting the old professor came up to his former student, cocked his head to one side in his characteristic way, extended his hand, and said, "If you come back again, I will not come to hear you preach. I only come once. I am glad that you are a big-godder.
When my boys come back, I come to see if they are big-godders or little-godders,
and then I know what their ministry will be." His former student asked
him to explain, and he replied: "Well, some men have a little god, and
they are always in trouble with him. He can't do any miracles. He can't
take care of the inspiration and transmission of the Scripture to us. He
doesn't intervene on behalf of his people. They have a little god and I
call them little-godders. Then there are those who have a great God. He
speaks and it is done. He commands and it stands fast. He knows how to
show Himself strong on behalf of them that fear him. You have a great God;
and He will bless your ministry." He paused a moment and smiled, and said,
"God bless you," and turned, and walked out.
Someone has offered this penetrating comparison of the difference between revenge, justice, and grace.
1. If someone brutally murders your son and you take things into your own hands, that's revenge.
2. If you're content to allow the law and the courts to arrest and punish the offender, that's justice.
3. But if you pardon the murderer, adopt him, and take him home to live with you as your son, that's grace!
Think about That Related to the O.J. Simpson Case ( If He Is Guilty
One day famed British preacher Charles Spurgeon was riding home after a hard day's work, feeling tired and depressed. Suddenly the phrase "My grace is sufficient for you" entered his mind.
He then thought of the tiny fish who might be afraid lest they drink the river dry, but who hear the reassuring word, "Drink up little fish, my stream is sufficient for you."
Spurgeon also thought of a mountain climber fearing lest he exhaust all of the thin oxygen in the atmosphere being reassured, "Breathe away young man and fill your lungs, for my atmosphere is sufficient for you."
Spurgeon said that for the first time, "I experienced the joy that Abraham
felt when he rejoiced in God's provision." It's true. No matter how great
our need might be, God's overcoming power far outweighs it. Moody, 4-20-91
A. A CONSUMING FIRE ALSO PURIFIES.
Writing in The Sunday School Times many years ago, Newman Hall told about a Christian friend who was invited to debate publicly with some men who had no use for the Lord or the church. The believer said, "When you can find me twelve families who were once Christians but by embracing your views have become more virtuous, useful, contented, and happy, I will think it worthwhile to argue with you, and not before."
Then he said, "I can find you one hundred families who were once living only for this present world, but who because of Christ have become better husbands and wives, better parents and children, more virtuous, and sober, and happy." Hall concluded, "Yes, let religion be tested by its purifying power."