Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Trinity: Introduction

Introduction:
A.W. Tozer quote: “What comes into our minds when we think about Cod is the most important thing about us.”
“Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, ‘What comes into your mind when you think about God? we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow. ”
“It is not a cheerful thought that millions of us who live in a land of Bibles, who belong to churches and labor to promote the Christian religion, may yet pass our whole life on this earth without once having thought or tried to think seriously about the being of God. Few of us have let our hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the self-existent self back of which no creature can think. Such thoughts are too painful for us. We prefer to think where it will do more good – about how to build a better mousetrap, for instance, or how to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before. For this we are now paying a too heavy
price in the secularization of our religion and the decay of our inner lives. ”
“The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of Cod until it is once more worthy of Him—and of her. ”

Why Are We Studying About God?

To know God’s glory.

Everything is about the glory of God. We were created for His glory…we are to live for His glory…All that we do is for His glory. Westminster Catechism question 1. What is the chief end of man? Answer: To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (look at Is. 60.21, Rom. 11.36, 1 Cor. 6.20, 10.31)

To learn God’s Word.
Not what we may have learned from someone else no matter how well intentioned they may be. What does the Bible tell us about God…no preconceived ideas…whether we like what the Bible tells us or not.

To advance God’s kingdom.
Two forks.  (A). To teach others about God.  (B) To show others God through the way we live our life. We live in a day that has made God into our image. God has no problems with consumerism…no problems with sin…He is comfortable with a casual apathetic complacent relationship.

Quote by Charles Meisner about Albert Einstein:
“I do see the design of the universe as essentially a religious question. That is, one should have some kind of respect and awe for the whole business. It’s very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a basically very religious man. He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he had run across did not have a proper respect for the Author of the universe.”

What Kind of Journey Will it Be…

Humbling…
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. ” (Psalm 25:9, NIV)

“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2, NIV)

Personal…
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. “(John 10:14-15, NIV)

Intellectual…

Emotional…

Can We Really Know God? The reality…

God is incomprehensible.
We can never fully understand any single thing about God.
We can know something about God’s love, power, wisdom and other attributes.
But we can never know His love, power, wisdom or other attributes exhaustively.

The reason…
We can’t know God fully because of both our sinfulness and His greatness. Because of our sin, we are hindered from glimpsing the fullness of God. But even when all sin will be removed from us, we will still be finite and God will still be infinite. For all of eternity we will increasejn our knowledge of Him.
If in pride we want to be equal to God in knowledge, this will depress us.
If in humility we want to live to adore and worship God, this will delight us.

The resolution…
Though we cannot understand God fully, we can understand God truly. So based on Scripture, even though we don’t have exhaustive knowledge of God, we have true knowledge of God. Though God is incomprehensible. He is knowable.

If we cannot know God fully but we can know God truly….How?…

1 Corinthians 2:10-16

Only the Spirit of God knows the fullness of the glory of God.  If we want to know God, then we need the Spirit to reveal Him to us. Therefore, a people who are desperate to know God will be desperate for His Spirit.  If we are not desperate for His Spirit, it is a sure indicator that we have grown content with knowing little about God.  Do we want to know the glory of God? Then let us be a people desperate for the Spirit of God. And when we’re desperate for the Spirit, our hearts will begin to understand God with the very perspective of Christ.

What Happens When God Really gets A hold of us…

Routine religion is no longer tolerable.

We will no longer be able to open the Bible and it just be text we read or a book on the shelf. The Bible will become alive to us.

Prayer will no longer be a monolog or even a dialog between peers…

Casual worship is no longer possible.

Corporate worship will take on a life of its own.

Total surrender is no longer optional.

Can’t serve two masters…no more sitting on the fence. Will no longer be able to sit back and let others do the work. Giving of our time, talent and tithe will be a joy because we realize that what we have belongs to God.

Global mission is no longer negotiable.
3,000 animistic tribes in Africa need to know about this God.
350 million Buddhists in Japan, Laos, and Vietnam need to know about this God.
950 million Hindus in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives need to know about this God.
Over a billion people in China, North Korea, communist nations need to know about this God.
Over 1.3 billion Muslims need to know about this God.

The journey will be humbling, personal, intellectual, emotional, practical and most of all  thrilling!

Questions:
1.    Look at the last paragraph of the quote by A.W. Tozer.
A.    How has the church deflated or downgraded our concept of God?
B.    Now think about Trinity specifically, how has Trinity done this?
C.    How have you done this?
D.    What are the consequences to your family, the church and the world around us when God is not properly elevated to His right position?
E.    What do we need to do to purify and elevate our concept of God?

2.    Look at, “Why are we studying about God…”
A.    What does it mean to live a life that will glorify God?
B.    If everything was made to glorify God…does that mean that God is selfish or self-centered?
C.    How can you, personally, teach God to others?  How can you show God to those around you?
D.    Perhaps a better question would be, “Are you teaching and showing God to the world?” Why not?

3.    Look at section “What happens when God really gets hold of us…”
A.    How has your religion (relationship) with God become routine?  How long has it been
routine? Are you willing for it to continue to be routine?
B.    How is your worship? When you meet corporately with your faith family are you
distracted or focused on God?
C.    Have you totally surrendered everything to God? What are you holding back? Why are you holding onto or not surrendered that area to God? What about your time…have you surrendered your time to God? What about your talent…have you surrendered your talent and service to God to use as He wishes? What about your tithe…have you surrendered your finances to God?  Do you practice the Biblical mandate to tithe?
D.    What can you do to aid in global missions?

Further Study:
1.    Read the following Scriptures and list out how God describes Himself:
Psalm 90.2, Col. 1.17; 1 Tim. 6.16; Rev. 1.8
Gen. 1.1; John 1.3; Col. 1.16
Col. 1.17; Heb. 1.3
Isa. 45.5-12; Eph. 4.6
Ps. 139.4, 6; Isa. 46.10
Jer. 32.27; Luke 1.37
Isa. 14.24; 46.10; Eph. 1.11
1 Chron. 29.11-12; Dan. 4.34-35
Job 4.2: Rom. 8.28

2.    Define “sovereignty”
A.    What are the implications for God’s sovereignty in His church? In your life?
B.    How are we to respond to God’s sovereignty in His church and in our life?

Sermon Notes from Pastor Ricky Le Mons

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May 8, 2011 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, Church, family, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Old Testament, relationship, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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