Saturday, February 25, 2012

Countdown to Rekindle 2012

8 days until Rekindle!!!

Rekindle 2010: Session 5 - God: Eternal & Unchanging by Joe Lechner

  • Old like Grandpa?
    • What image comes to mind when you think of God?
      • Is he an old man like your grandpa?
      • God isn't some old dude as we understand old - he is eternal, ageless, and timeless
        • aka no gray, no wrinkles
      • He didn't go from young to old, he is unchanging
  • What does it mean that God is Eternal and Unchanging?
    • God is 'from all eternity' (Ps 93:2); 'the eternal King' (Jer 10:10); 'the immortal God' (Rom 1:23); 'who alone is immortal' (1 Tim 6:16); 'from everlasting to everlasting you are God' (Ps 90:2)
    • God and Time
Wayne Grudem - "Thus, before God created the universe, there was no 'time,' at least  not in the sense of a succession of moments one after another. Therefore, when God created the universe, he also created time. When God began to create the universe, time began, and there began to be a succession of moments and events one after another. But before there was a universe, and before there was time, God always existed, without beginning, and without being influenced by time. Ant time, therefore, does not have existence in itself, but, like the rest of creation, depends on God's eternal being and power to keep it existing."
      • Before there was time, there was God
      • God is from all eternity - everlasting to everlasting
      • God didn't need to be made because he always existed
        • He has always been there
          • Even a million billion trillion zillion years ago!
      • Time is a creation of God
      • God is outside of time and rules over it
      • Time cannot be used to measure God
      • Time is dependant upon God for it's existence
    • God and Change
      • Psalm 102:25-26, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 18:8
JI Packer - "Strain, shock or a lobotomy can alter the character of a person, but nothing can alter the character of God. In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically: a kind equable person may turn bitter and crotchety; a person of good will may grow cynical and callous. But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator. He never becomes less truthful, o merciful, or just or good than he used to be. The character of God is today, and always will be, exactly what is [has always been]."
    • Four Massive Implications:
      • God's moral character and nature never change
        • What you have heard about God has always been true and it will never change!
        • He is always and always will be all powerful, all saving, all knowing, etc.
        • He will always be enough and that will never change
        • His love for his children will never change
      • God's truth never changes
        • Isaiah 40:7-8, Psalm 119:89, Psalm 151-152, Numbers 23:19
        • Our words are unstable but God's words stand true forever because God never changes
        • No circumstance will ever require God to tweak or modify or retract anything he has ever said.
        • He never changes his mind
      • God's ways never change
        • What he tells us about his ways/actions/relations never changes
        • Eternally consistent
      • God's purposes never change
        • Psalm 33:11
        • His purposes don't change
        • What he purposed to do, he WILL do
        • He knows all things and controls everything
        • He will never have to change plans
Jarrett Stevens - "God loses and gains nothing...he is perfectly complete. That means he is just as capable, just as powerful, and just as engaged and involved in our world and in our lives today as he has been throughout history. God is still moving in and and around us, just as he always has. God has as much love and interest in your life today as he did in the lives of Moses, Mary, St. Peter, and your Great-Aunt Betty. Simply put, God is not young or old...He is a boundless God...A God who cannot be shocked or caught by surprised by any aspect of your 'complex' life...It's time we put to death our good 'old' God. Let the old man have it. Say your respects, close the casket, and walk away. This God needs to die so we can begin to see and embrace...a God who is not dead, but fully alive. A God who is ever present, ever active, and ever engaged in the world he created, the world he loves."
  • You Can Build Your Life on This
    • If God is who he says he is - then you can build and stake you life on him!
    • What are you building you life on?
    • If it's not God you are building your life on - then whatever it is, it's really nothing more than some dressed up carrot.
      • Sometimes the things you want most in life are the things that will kill you
  • Application Questions
    • If you think of God being eternal as simply meaning god is old, what kind of negative effect do you think this can have on you?
    • What's your sexy carrot?
      • What do you believe about it that makes it so worth chasing?
      • What does that say about how you view God?
    • What would it look like for you personally to stop chasing carrots and build your life more on the truth of who God is?
  • Application
    • Believe the gospel (come and put your faith in it)
    • Humble yourself and confess your sin
    • Don't drift!
      • Be radically committed to Him.
        • Dying for something is easier than living for something...to live for Christ is hard...it requires self-denial, sacrifice, and a fight - being the odd man out - going against the current.

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