Reality #1: God is always at work.Reality #2: God pursues.Reality #3: God invites.Reality #4: God speaks by the HolySpirit through theBible, prayer, circumstances, and thechurch to reveal Himself, Hispurposes, and His ways.
John 10: 2-4, 22-30 "my sheep listento my voice"
OBEDIENCE ACCOMPLISHMENT ADJUSTMENTINVITES CRISIS OF BELIEF SPEAKS
The fact that God does speak to people is more important than how He speaks.
HOW GOD COMMUNICATES...Three observations from the OldTestament:• God uniquely spoke to His people. (Exodus 3)• They knew it was God. (Exodus 3:14; Judges. 6:21-22)• They knew what He said.
…in the Gospels…• God spoke through Jesus.John 1:1,14; 1 John 1:1-4; John 14:9-10
…Today…• God speaks by the Holy Spirit mainly through...(Romans 3:10-11; John 14:26; John 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19)
HOW GOD COMMUNICATES...…The Bible…2 Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 6:17;1 Corinthians 2:14-15
HOW GOD COMMUNICATES...a. What is God’s will for me?b. What is God’s will?
To know Him, to love Him, to serveHim. To be fully committed to Himheart, soul, mind and strength. Tolove others as myself and as Heloves.
To humbly come to Him forforgiveness, and as a result forgiveothers. To learn His Word, tospread the gospel, to make disciples.To praise, worship, honor and adoreHim.
To trust Him, to obey Him. Ineverything give thanks. To speakboldly for Him. To suffer patiently.To be honest within and without.To pray without ceasing. To helpand feed the poor. To follow Christ’sexample.
When I answered this question Irealized that I knew more aboutGods will for my life than Ithought I did. Having thatknowledge really helped tomotivate, energize, and mobilize me.
Ive also had the opportunity toshare this as an encouragement to acouple of other people, which reallyexcited me.
John 16:7 But I tell you the truth:It is for your good that I am goingaway. Unless I go away, theCounselor will not come to you; butif I go, I will send him to you.
•We base our understanding of God on Scripture, not on experience.•ASK: What did God reveal, and how do I need to adjust?
HOW GOD COMMUNICATES...…Prayer…Romans 8:26-27; Mark 2:5;Ephesians 3:20-21
•ASK: When I pray, am I looking for God to act?
HOW GOD COMMUNICATES...…Circumstances…Exodus 5-6; Proverbs 3:5-6