We are starting a new journey this week - 

 - Hand out the books - this book is also available as an eBook for like 99 cents if you like

Reading the Bible Diachronically - by subject - focussing on the core things that we should know, do and have as a part of our character in order to - 

Think

Act 

Be 

Like Jesus

Each Sunday sermon on this journey is going to be an INTRODUCTION into the next chapter of the book.  

We are inviting you to get to the bottom of what it means to be a follower of Jesus

To be a Disciple means to be an active learner of SOMEONE - where we seek to adopt His lifestyle, His value system, His perspectives - to love what He loves and to Hate what He hates.

What does Jesus Believe?

What does Jesus DO?

What is Jesus LIKE?

So lets Dive into Our books now - 

We start with the foundational principal of the universe

GOD - Himself

open to page 15 in your believe books:

Each week of this journey will center around one key question, idea and scripture.  In the book we will walk through scriptures that answer that key question and explore several aspects and applications of that key question. We will see WHY scholars of the Bible have come to the conclusion that is our key idea and we will have one verse that will anchor that answer - that idea in our hearts

Our Key question for this week is:

WHO IS GOD?

an incredibly simple question but your answer changes EVERYTHING.  AW Tozer said "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”

Jesus said the FIRST and GREATEST Commandment is to LOVE GOD with all your heart mind soul and strength

in other words the highest priority in all of creation is to love God - 

We just talked a couple of weeks ago about Hebrews 11:6 where it says that to please God you must believe He exists and that he rewards the who earnestly seek Him.

We should not be wishy washy in our understanding of God - who he is and what he wants - these are of FIRST IMPORTANCE to us

Our Key idea for this week is:

I believe the God of the Bible is the ONLY true God - Father Son and Holy Spirit

Our Key scripture for this week is:

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corinthians 13:14”

Our Map - Page 16 - 4 dimensions

  • God Reveals Himself
  • One True God
  • God in Three Persons - Father Son and Holy Spirit
  • The Trinity in Our lives

God Reveals Himself - 

The evidence of who God is shines all around us all the time.  We can just take a deep breath and receive knowledge of God reality and glory and generosity - 

Romans 1:20 "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” in other words each of us knows about God from the moment we are first given life.  Knowledge of His existence and his nature are built into our very DNA.

It has been shown to us by WHAT HAS BEEN MADE - so God reveals Himself through nature through His creation

But it is IN HIS WORD that God reveals Himself most powerfully and most reliably.  This is God’s perfect revelation to us.

 - What does it look like to LIVE LIKE WE BELIEVE THIS??

  • To live to see and to know everything about God that He wants us to know.  The TRUTH not falsehood
  • let the Bible be precious beyond words to us!  Spend time in it and with it and come to know it inside and out
  • Jesus tells us in John 4:24 - that God is seeking those who would worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH - that we would SEE what is true about Him and that we would ENJOY it! - Psalm 148

One True God - 

There is a swelling falsehood in our culture today that would tell us there are many ways to heaven, many “gods” and that it is simply “faith” that matters and not which God you believe in etc.  That is not what the Bible says.

1 Kings 18:21Elijah camenear to all the people and said, "How long [will] you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal,follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.

There is only one God - You can be right about Him and you can be wrong about Him.  IF HE IS GOD - we should SERVE HIM.

One Eternal reality - the genesis of all that is - the source of all things - the sustainer of all things - One Holy - Infinitely greater and stronger and more beautiful than ANYTHING else.  God - all things contained within Him.

He is the source of all things

He is the sustainer of all things

He is the purpose of all things - the significance of all things is derived only from that things relation to HIM

Romans 11:34-36

34For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35OrWHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him [be] the glory forever. Amen.

AS a creation of His He is the great mystery the great pursuit the great destiny - 

 - What does it look like to LIVE LIKE WE BELIEVE THIS??

  • Jesus gave us the answer - Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, mind soul and strength
  • Our Lives are NOT about us - they are about Him

God in Three Persons - Father Son and Holy Spirit

There are SO MANY things that God reveals to us about Himself but one of the most mysterious and fascinating is his existence as 3 in 1.  Trinity.

There are realities about God that are so far beyond us that they all we can do is stand back in awe and say WOW!  

Luke 3:21-22 21Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

 - What does it look like to LIVE LIKE WE BELIEVE THIS??

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