Evans, Our God is Awesome: God Passion

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Evans, Our God is Awesome: God Passion

  1. 1. “A man can no more diminish Gods glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, darkness on the walls of his cell.” C.S.LewisThursday 31 March 2011
  2. 2. Graham Truscott - "When Gods people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure.”Thursday 31 March 2011
  3. 3. AW Tozer "Without worship, we go about miserable."Thursday 31 March 2011
  4. 4. Jack Hayford "Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped"Thursday 31 March 2011
  5. 5. The Passion for GodThursday 31 March 2011
  6. 6. 1. Life’s purposeSimple Fact: You were made toworship God. Anything else is abenefit - not a purpose in life.Eve - knew the tree and fruitwere good before she took it -when she took the benefit of itbearing fruit and made it herpurpose then she lost thepurpose and benefit of the tree.Marriage is a benefit in life -not a purpose. In fact it is apicture of Christ and his churchThursday 31 March 2011
  7. 7. 1.a. A foretaste of eternityEvans suggests that God wantsto give us a small foretaste ofeternity - he uses marriage toillustrate this.1. God created man, Adam, inhis image - this includes God’stri-personhood which means itneeds something more.2. So God then creates Eve -Adam already has work,provision etc. But he does nothave a ‘mate’ like all the animalsdo.Thursday 31 March 2011
  8. 8. 1.a. A foretaste of eternityEvans suggests that God wants3. give is now 1/2 the man hetoAdamus a small foretaste ofwas - so he completes himeternity -Goduses marriage toby bringing himillustrate this. to Eve. Theyhave sex - and we see two in1. God created man, Adam,become one. includes God’shis image - this4. To complete which means ittri-personhoodthe foretaste ofthe trinity we see themneeds something more. havingchildren - one family all Eve -2. So God then creates distinctin essence. has work,Adam already5. So marriage and familyprovision etc. But he does notforeshadow like allhave a ‘mate’eternity.the animalsdo.Thursday 31 March 2011
  9. 9. 1.b. Reflecting God’s glorySo life is not about marriage,money etc. - but what? Toknow and worship God.1 Cor 10:31 - So, whether youeat or drink, or whatever you do,do all to the glory of God.One meaning of glory is to puton display so it can be seen.People should see you life andstand in awe of God - even inthe little things of life.Thursday 31 March 2011
  10. 10. 2. Getting to know God How do we get to know God so he becomes our reason for living? Php 3:1-4 - what was the situation? Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:Thursday 31 March 2011
  11. 11. 2.a. Not by human effort Judaisesrs said observe the Law better - Paul had tried this already! 3:5, 6 - he had it all compared to them. circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. No one could match Paul’s human effort towards God.Thursday 31 March 2011
  12. 12. 2.b. Swept away 3:7 -But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Note the past tense counted - all of Paul’s credentials had been swept away, they had become worthless. But Pul does not stop in the past, he continues into the present, 3:8Thursday 31 March 2011
  13. 13. 2.b. Swept away Indeed, I count everything as 3:7 -But whatever gain I had, I counted as of the surpassing loss because loss for the sake of Christ. of knowing Christ Jesus worth my Lord. For his sake counted Note the past tense I have suffered the loss of all things - all of Paul’s credentials had and count them as rubbish, in been swept away, they had order that I may gain become worthless. Christ Counting the effort andthe But Pul does not stop in rubbish as loss goes on day past, he continues into the by day. present, 3:8Thursday 31 March 2011
  14. 14. 2.b. Swept away Indeed, I count everything as 3:7 -But whatever gain I had, I counted as of the surpassing loss because loss for the sake of Christ. of knowing Christ Jesus worth my Lord. For his sake counted Note the past tense I have suffered the loss of all things - all of Paul’s credentials had and count them as rubbish, in been swept away, they had order that I may gain become worthless. Christ Counting the effort andthe But Pul does not stop in rubbish as loss goes on day past, he continues into the by day. present, 3:8Thursday 31 March 2011
  15. 15. 2.c. Fellowship with Christ Paul continues to show it is not by works that you come into fellowship with Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. It all comes from Christ and is maintained by him even after salvation.Thursday 31 March 2011
  16. 16. 2.c. Fellowship with Christ Paul continues to show it is not by works that you come into fellowship with Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. It all comes from Christ and is maintained by him even after salvation.Thursday 31 March 2011
  17. 17. 3. Knowing Christ If works have no role in our knowing Christ what of the commands in the Bible to do them and the fact that God prepared them for us - Eph 2;10? Evans suggests that the motivation is key - are they for the glory of God? They in effect express our love for, and devotion to, Christ. [Opp: William Wilberforce]Thursday 31 March 2011
  18. 18. 3.a. The proper motivation What must you do to know Christ? Why do you read / study your Bible each day? Why do you go to church? Why pray? In all of Paul’s works for Christ his motivation was not personal fame but to know Christ. The work was not worthless in itself, simply worthless compared to knowing Christ. Our motivation must be love not duty.Thursday 31 March 2011
  19. 19. 3.a. The proper motivation What must you do to know Christ? Do you think Why do you read / study your God ‘owes’ you Bible each day? Why do you go to church? Why pray? something In all of Paul’s works for Christ because you read his motivation was not personal fame but to know Christ. The your Bible, pray, work was not worthless in serve in the church itself, simply worthless compared to knowing Christ. etc.? Our motivation must be love not duty.Thursday 31 March 2011
  20. 20. 3.b. The proper righteousness3:9 - Paul declares not his ownrighteousness but that which comesfrom Christ.Salvation, spirituality, works - allshould now come from faith.1 Cor 3:10-15 - many works willburn up before Christ.Matt 6:5 "And when you pray, youmust not be like the hypocrites. For theylove to stand and pray in the synagoguesand at the street corners, that they maybe seen by others. Truly, I say to you, theyhave received their reward.Thursday 31 March 2011
  21. 21. 3.c. The proper measure of faith Faith = trust, dependence upon God. We only need a mustard seed full - Matt 17:20 - the issue is not how much faith you have but how much of God you have. Is you God small and your experience negligible? Do you have a little faith in a big God - or massive faith in a small God?Thursday 31 March 2011
  22. 22. 4. Where to beginPhp 3:10-11 It begins with desire -Paul was hungry for what Jesus hadand did.A hungry person is always looking forfood - Matt 5:6 - are you hungry?Hang around food and you start to gethungry - hang around the places youknow that there is good available.Hook up to the power source - it isnot in anyone other than Christ.Abide in Christ - and bear fruit - Jn15:5Believe - 1 Jn 4:4Thursday 31 March 2011
  23. 23. Responding to a passion for God1. Have you switched thebenefits to the place of purposein your life?2. Are you working hard forGod, but not knowing intimatefellowship with him?3. Are you living by faith?Colossians 2:5-7.4. Would Christ be enough foryou - or do you need earthlycredentials?Thursday 31 March 2011

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