SERMON NOTES (Aug 21, 2016): Knowing God: His Word-His Ways-His Will; Ps 119:105-107; Is 55:6-9; Rom 12:1-2

Knowing God: His Word, His Ways, His Will
Introduction: Book Recommendations: Knowing God by J.I. Packer - Christianity Today voted this title one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals. 3 sections: 1) how and why we know God, 2) the attributes of God 3) benefits enjoyed by a those who know him intimately. Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Discusses God’s character, the work of the Holy Spirit and our becoming like Him as He changes us.

Psalm 119:105-107
Your word is a lamp to my feet
            And a light to my path.
I have sworn and I will confirm it,
            That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
I am exceedingly afflicted;
            Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.

Isaiah 55:6-9
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the un-righteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

I.                  Knowing God involves knowing God’s WORD

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Ps 119:105

More than an old Amy Grant song. This little light of mine: Bible is a flashlight that shows me the way in the dark; it prevents my stumbling over obstacles, or failing down precipices, or wandering off into paths which would lead into danger, or would turn me away altogether from the path to life. Every answer you need you can find in God’s word: Have you given up searching? Sometimes the light is turned on only in the time you need it.

Proverbs 6:23: "The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life."

Psalm 119:11: Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

Heb 4:12: For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

John 6:68: Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words 
of eternal life.

Ps 119:107: REVIVE ME, O Lord, according to Your word.

App. The depth of your knowing God is directly proportional to your delving into His word.

II.               Knowing God involves knowing God’s WAYS

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. – Is 55:8

Is 55:6-7: Seek… call…forsake…return: submission to God even when you don’t understand why!

ILL. Bourne – Door- doesn’t always understand why I open the door (ignorance) & Leash – thinks he is the one who is directing me (stubborness)

ILL. WWJD? No, WDJD? Quit guessing! WIJD! 

App. The height of your knowing God is directly proportional to your submission to His ways.

III.           Knowing God involves knowing God’s WILL
“Present your bodies as living sacrifices…so that you would know what the will of God is.” – Rom 12:1-2

Knowing God is a process. Salvation, Sanctification, one day Glorification. Throughout, Blackaby called it “crises of belief”. God uses things to let you hit these moments:
     1)    His word. Infallible, inerrant, inspired.
     2)    Prayer changes YOU
     3)    Current Circumstances that the Holy Spirit uses to shape you
     4)    Spiritual Markers or experiences of the past.

ILL. Leading Experiencing God at a previous church; young deacon who said “I’m afraid of knowing God more, because it might require something of me that I don’t want to give.”

App. The span of your knowledge of God is directly proportional to your life transformation by His will.

When you pray, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If heaven is going to be great, why do we fear His will on earth?

Concl. His will for you to be saved, revived, devoted & serving on mission.

Ye Old Pawn Shop

In the pawn shop of mortality, my soul lay naked and exposed underneath death’s dingy glass counter (2 Cor 5:3). The old tradesman must have considered this soul of only trivial worth, for not even a price tag was placed next to my item description “whoever”; I was a ragged “for display only” item, not really for sale, perhaps useful only for kindling a fire. But the Lord saw my hopeless condition and offered a price. The shadowed shopkeeper laughed and suggested a better purchase among the angelic models, something that would ring the bells of eternity’s cash register, but my Lord said, “No, I want that one.” Death’s eyes narrowed as he bit down on the match in his mouth. “Life for life; death for death,” he replied. But the Lord wept tears of joy as He opened heaven’s wallet and poured out blood of the Lamb slain from the earth’s beginning and saved for this very day. “A bride’s price?” exclaimed Death with stinging tones. “I accept.” Then the Lord turned to walk away. “Where are you going?” Death asked. “I am going away for a little while to prepare a place for my purchase, but I will return. Until then, here is a deposit that guarantees this layaway pickup.” And the Lord breathed into my soul the breath of new life; the Holy Spirit took residence and filled my heart (2 Cor 5:5). “Wait a minute! I’ve been cheated!” Death screamed. “This one is priceless now!” And the Lord smiled, knowing that Death could no longer keep me.

SERMON NOTES (Aug 7, 2016): We Believe in God the Spirit - Acts 19:1-7,10

We Believe in God the Spirit – Acts 19:1-7,10
(Baptist Faith & Message 2000- Holy Spirit)
Misconceptions about Holy Ghost: “it” “chaos” “wild ecstatic antics”
God’s Spirit’s work defined by prepositions: over, upon, in & with
      1.       Creative Work of the Holy Spirit “Over

Eternal Beautifier: *Making the Father’s Plans Beautiful

-          Spirit hovered over water- “Spirit hovered over the face of the waters” (Gen 1:2)

-          Spirit adorned the cosmos- “By His breath the heavens are adorned” (Job 26:13)

APP. Worship God the Father, in Jesus’ Name & by His blood, in & through the power of the Holy Spirit & by His decorative work

      2.       Covenant Work of the Holy Spirit “Upon

- Revealed Father’s Law; Spirit of God Came Upon them  (ie. 1 Sam 10:6)- Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.

- Codified His Word: Inspiration – God’s Breath (2 Tim 3:16-17) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [b]training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

- Validated His Prophecies ie. Dove – Jesus’ Baptism (Matt 3:16) After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

                APP. Any prophet whose prophecies or sign did not come about was not led by the Spirit.

       3.       Christian Work of the Holy Spirit “In

Baptizer: (Matt 3:11) “As for me, I baptize you with water  for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Comforter/Helper: (John 14:16, 26) I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

Filler/Indweller: (Eph 5:18; Rom 8:9) And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Illuminator/Revealer: (Heb 6:4; 1 Cor 2:10) For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

Convicter/Sanctifier: (John 16:8; Rom 15:16) When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment. 15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Mission Empowerer/Caller: (Acts 1:8; 13:2) but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Giver of Gifts/Bearer of Fruit: (1 Cor 12:4; Gal 5:22) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;

Sealer/Guaranteer: (2 Cor 1:22) who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

APP. Learn to recognize the Holy Spirit & don’t just depend of someone who says they know Him.

      4.       Calling work of the Holy Spirit “With

Will Beautify the End Times: 2 Thess 2:6-7
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

Spirit says “Today” Heb 3:7
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice,

Spirit and Bride Say “Come”: Rev 22:17
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

APP. Our eternal fellowship is with Him by His Spirit living inside us, making us one with Christ.