|Series Theme: "Faith Sermons"|
Title: 23. What Sort of God?
(Preached at a Baptismal Service)
The other day I asked someone to give me five words that describe God
What would be your 5 words? Think on it.
This person clearly had some sort of religious upbringing.
They said holy (though couldn't explain it), all knowing, everywhere, understanding and I suppose loving.
Let me tell you a simple story from Jn 9 and see then what you think of God
A. Jesus at Work Jn 9:1-3, 6,7, 24,25
v.1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
v.2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
v.3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
v.6,7 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
v.24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner."
v.25 He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"
B. People being Baptised
They are young Christians and they haven't got all the answers
What is even more embarrassing, they aren't perfect!
But they know one thing they've encountered Jesus and they are changed.
Now? Now they're on a road, going somewhere.
It will mean constant change, it will mean learning and changing
Their being baptised is simply a public expression of what has already happened and they're saying to us I'm now different and I'm on the way, with Jesus!
C. Where are we at?
a) In terms of our attitudes about God?
b) In terms of our direction in life?
D. A Strange Experience
Some of us may find we feel frustrated by life
We have wanted to go in one direction but found it didn't work out
Our hopes were shattered.
Sometimes this is the work of God
Quote: Yes God does work to destroy man's hopes. The reason for this is that man hopes' in his own achievements. We each have hopes and dreams but so often they are self-centred and God knows they are not the best for us. He alone knows what is best for us. When He sees that we are aiming for something else, something less than the best that He knows we could be with His help, He works to undermine our false or inadequate hopes'. Why? So that we will come to our senses and realize our helplessness or our low self worth, and turn to Him for Him to remake us in the image of the one He knows we could be.
God knows best
God has a plan He wants to bring into being which means the best for our lives
Sometimes we have to acknowledge we haven't got it right perhaps His way will be best.
Sorry that I've been godless ignored you
Thank you that you sent Jesus to die for my sins
Please come into my life and lead it from now on