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Current Sermon Series:
“Salvation in the Gospel of Luke”
November 2nd: “An Unexpected Conversion”
Read Luke 19:1-10. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Each Sunday we have a children's program for children K through 5th grade. It is from 6 to 7 PM.
Senior's Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - Our Clothes Closet is open to the community.
Plato once said, “The author of the universe is hard to find.” This would be true if we were left to ourselves to find God. But the amazing thing is that God has chosen to reveal himself to us so that we can know what he is like and what he expects from us. There are four main ways in which God has revealed himself to us.
First, God has revealed himself in creation. Psalm 19.1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” This passage of Scripture teaches us that the created universe communicates to us that there is a God and that he is awesome and powerful. Because every human being is privy to witnessing the majesty of creation, there is no one who does not have this revelation of God and thus no one who is without excuse before God (see Rom 1.18-23).
Second, God has revealed himself through his mighty acts in history. Scripture records a multitude of these acts, such as when God parted the Red Sea, when he fed the children of Israel manna in the wilderness, or when he protected Daniel in the lion’s den. Through these acts in history God has revealed that he is not remote or unconcerned but powerfully and lovingly active in the world. Deism taught that God simply created this world and then left it to itself to run on its own without any involvement or interference from him. Yet, Scripture teaches that God still works in the affairs of men. He works in response to our prayers, and each time he answers our prayers he reveals more of himself to us.
Third, God has revealed himself in Scripture. Verse after verse in the Bible plainly reveals what God is like. For instance, Psalm 103.8 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Deuteronomy 32.4 says, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” Without the clear teaching of Scripture we would not understand who God really is. Even though creation reveals the power of God, by looking at creation alone one could get the wrong idea about God. Natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes could cause you to think that God is cruel. Yet, Scripture reveals that God is love. How thankful we are for the teaching of Scripture particularly as it relates to who God is.
Last, God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. In Matthew 11.27, Jesus states, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” In John 14.9, Jesus boldly proclaims, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” The Apostle Paul concurred with this, affirming, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col 2.9). In Jesus Christ, God was manifested in this world. If you want to know what God is like, simply look at Jesus as he is revealed in the New Testament. As Hebrews 1.3 states, Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” Wow! God has chosen to reveal himself to us and ultimately he has done this by becoming one of us. The only response we can have to such love is to believe in him, live for him, and make him known through our own testimony of what he has done in our lives.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.