Practical Lessons for Understanding the Word of God
KEY PASSAGE: Romans 1:18-22 | SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:1 | Deuteronomy 29:29
Psalm 90:2; 139:1-24 | Matthew 19:26 | John 3:16, 36 | 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 | 2 Corinthians 5:10 | Colossians 3:16
1 Timothy 6:15-16 | Titus 1:2
SERMON NOTES | SN160214
Your Convictions About God
Who is God, and what is He like?
Some people imagine Him as a loving grandfather
in heaven who’s waiting to bless them, while others
think He’s a harsh judge sitting on His throne, ready
to pour out punishment. There are also people who
don’t even believe God exists because they want
to live as they please rather than in obedience to
His divine authority. However, the only way to
truly know God and His attributes is to rely on the
descriptions of Him that are found in the Scripture.
A right understanding of God is essential
because it has eternal ramifications.
According to Romans 1:19-20,
that which is known
about God is evident within us, and His invisible
attributes, eternal power, and divine nature are clearly
on display through His creation.
Therefore, we have
no excuse. To deny His existence is to suppress the
truth and bring ultimate disaster upon ourselves.
We all have convictions that govern our lives, and
being certain about God’s identity should be one of
A conviction is being so thoroughly convinced
of the absolute truth of something that we are willing
to take a stand for it regardless of the consequences.
When we are convinced that God’s Word is true,
we have a sure foundation for our convictions about God.
🌎God is an uncreated being.
He existed before the
beginning of time and is the Creator of heaven
and earth (Gen. 1:1).
Psalm 90:2 mentions His
eternal existence, saying, “Even from everlasting
to everlasting, You are God.”
🌏He is unchangeable.
What a comfort it is to
know that the Lord’s perfection, purposes, and
promises never alter.
If He has given us a promise
in His Word, we can be certain that He will never
change His mind.
🌍 He’s omnipresent.
This means that God is
We don’t have to search and
In fact, according to Psalm 139, we can
never get away from His presence. No matter what we face, He is with us.
🌎God is omnipotent.
He has all power: “With God
all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
However, the Lord never acts in a manner that is inconsistent
with His nature. -For instance, He cannot lie or be tempted by evil because He is absolute goodness,
perfection, and truth (Titus 1:2).
🌍The Lord is omniscient.
He has complete knowledge about everything, including past,
present, and future events.
Although we might
want Him to share His knowledge with us, as
finite beings we are incapable of comprehending the infinite vastness of God’s mind.
According to Deuteronomy 29:29,
“The secret things belong to
the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong
God doesn’t satisfy all our curiosity, but He has revealed what He desires us to know in His
Word. And if we can’t find an answer in Scripture,
we can leave our concerns with Him, trusting in
His infinite knowledge and wisdom.
🌎God is invisible.
Although Jesus was visible as
God in human flesh, no human being other than Christ has seen the Father.
Paul described Him as
the “only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of
lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells
in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen
or can see” (1 Tim. 6:15-16).
🌏God is love.
This is not just what He does, but who He is—love is an essential aspect of His nature.
The ultimate expression of His love for us was the
act of sending His Son into the world to redeem
sinners (John 3:16).
In mercy, grace, and love, He
reached down to save and give eternal life to all who believe in Jesus.
🌍The Lord is holy.
This means He is separated from
all sin, and His holiness is the pattern we are to follow.
Although we can never live without sin as God does, we who are committed (separated into Him) to Christ as our Savior and Lord should have a desire to live a holy
life of obedience.
Holiness is a lifestyle to which God calls us and for which He equips us through the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.
He gives us sensitivity to sinful attitudes and actions in
our lives and prompts us to immediately seek forgiveness from God and request His strength to
turn from that particular sin (live separated from it).
🌍 God is righteous.
He is the final standard of
righteousness and always acts in accordance with what is right.
Furthermore, righteousness is His desire for each of us, and He’s given us His Spirit to enable us to do what’s right.
🌍He is a God of wrath.
This means the Lord hates
sin and everything that is opposed to His moral character.
According to John 3:36,
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who
does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
The wrath of God
will never come upon those of us who have trusted
Christ as our Savior because it is limited to those
who defy the Lord and reject His Son.
🌏God is our judge.
We must all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ to be recompensed for our deeds (2 Cor. 5:10).
As Christians we have no need
to fear God’s wrath because our judgment is for the purpose of rewards. We will be judged according to how we have lived and what we have done with the
truth and the opportunities we’ve been given.
🌎The Lord is a rewarder.
We each have a choice
regarding how we build our lives on the foundation of Christ (1 Cor. 3:10-15).
If what we have done is of no eternal value, it will be burned up in
the judgment, but if our works are precious and everlasting, we will receive a reward. Even in the
judgment, God’s love and grace will be evident to His children.
🌏God is to be worshipped.
He is the Lord of the
universe and our Savior, who is worthy of all honor
Our worship of Him is displayed when we let His Word dwell in us richly and praise Him
with singing from a grateful heart (Col. 3:16).
If you had to write a description of God, what would you say?
How much of your perception of
Him comes from His Word? How much comes from your experiences or others’ ideas about Him?
Remember, same God who is characterized by love,
holiness, and righteousness is also described as a
judge who hates sin and deals out retribution.
you have trouble reconciling these two aspects
of His nature?
How were all these characteristics displayed at the cross?
What would the world look
like if God had no wrath against sin?
comes from knowing that He is a righteous judge?
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