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GOD’S PRESENCE, POWER, AND PURPOSE CONVINCES ME OF HIS EXISTENCE

23 Mar

 

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THE EXISTENCE OF GOD”

 

Intro.
1.     Many people in the world, including some Christians, wrestle with such concepts & questions as:  “I just don’t know whether there is a God!”  “Who is God, anyway?”  “I just don’t ‘get it’ about God, the Bible & Christianity!”  “Why does God care about me?”  “Why should I care about God?”
2.     Most everyone has some concept of God – cf. Acts 17:16, 22-23.
3.     The truth about God is not found in the mind & will of man (Jer. 10:23).
4.     How would you introduce God to someone?  (Who is God?)  Why would God care about me?  And, why should I care about God?
 
I. WHO IS GOD? Heb. 11:6
    A.    Everything We May Understand about God is “By Faith” as a Result of the Evidence that is Set Before Us – Heb. 11:1-3, 6.
    B.        For Anyone to Come to God, He Must (Heb. 11:6):
        1.     Believe that “God is”- Is obtained by: 
            a.     Rom. 1:20 – Evidence set before us that God exists (it is God’s witness of Himself):
                1)    The cosmos, universe (the things that are made):  Evidence of order, design & an intelligent, creative Creator – Psa. 19:1; Acts 14:15-17.
                2)    Power & divinity (the invisible things of God): 
                    i)   Power that created the universe & now controls it – Gen. 1:1; Acts 17:24-25.
                    ii)  Divinity – Supreme intelligence & will that directed & continues to direct the power – Acts 17:25-26; Heb. 11:3.
                 b.    Clearly seen, being understood by created things!  (1:20)
        2.     Believe that God rewards those who diligently seek Him:
            a.     Knowledge of how to seek God is obtained by revelation – Acts 17:27-28, 30 (Jer. 10:23).
            b.     How do you know God will reward faith except that He has told us that He will?! – Heb. 11:6
        3.     Who is God?  Creative, all knowing & all-powerful Supreme Being who has communicated His will to us, His creatures.  Do you believe it?
 
II.   WHY WOULD GOD CARE ABOUT ME?
    A.    Because He Created You & Sustains You – Acts 17:26-28 (Gen. 1:26-28).
    B.     Because He Wants What is Best for You (He loves you).
        1.     Your physical life – Acts 14:17 (cf. Psa. 145:15-16; 136:25).
        2.     Your spiritual life – Gen. 2:17; 3:15; Jno. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jno. 4:10.
 
III.  WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT GOD?
    A.    Because He Rewards Faithful Living – Heb. 11:6.
    B.     Because He Justly Punishes All Sin.
        1.     cf. Noah & the flood.
        2.     Acts 17:30-31 – Repent because judgment is coming.
        3.     Fearful thing to fall into the hands of God – Heb. 10:31; 12:25, 29.   
        4.     Goodness of God should cause you to repent – Rom. 2:2-6 (11:22).
 
Conclusion
     The evidence for God’s presence, power & purposes is enough to persuade honest & open hearts that God is & that He rewards those who seek Him – Heb. 11:6.
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