Sermon Recap for October 1, 2017
Jonathan Edwards said, “There is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty.” So it is with us and our knowledge of God.
Our God is a Personal God
There are two ways of knowing: knowing about and personally knowing. We need both.
“Thus there is a difference between having an opinion that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. There is a difference between having a rational judgement that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A man may have the former, that knows not how honey tastes; but a man can’t have the latter unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. So there is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty.” – Jonathan Edwards
Why do we need a personal knowing?
- We need it to become a Christian.
- We need it to live for Jesus as a Christian
How do you know where you are?
There are several common ways to help us understand if we know about God, or if we know Him personally.
- Personal: His love for me moves my soul
- About: he’s a guilt-inducing burden for my soul
- Personal: Prayer is where I find him
- About: Prayer is optional and boring
- Personal: I need him constantly
- About: I get by on my own
- Personal: I feel sinful, and forgiven
- About: I don’t feel that bad
- Personal: The Bible reads like my world
- About: The Bible reads like ancient history
- Personal: I feel inadequate, but supported
- About: I feel self assured and entitled
Regardless of where you are in life, we would love for you to visit us at Omni. This is where we gather.