Sermons

No One Like You

No One Like You
May 2020 - Aug 2020
This summer, we are starting a new series called, No One Like You. We want to explore who the God of scripture really is. What is He like? What are His attributes? What even are attributes? We are going to use the first statement from our EFCA doctrincal statement as a blueprint to explore, outline and apply some of these attributes.

Sermons in this series

No One Like Him - Creator and Creature
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (ESV) - Deuteronomy 29:29 This summer we have been exploring the attributes of God in our series - No One Like. One of the obvious truths to come through in this series is God is not like us. (It was literally in the title of the series!) He is not just a bigger, super powered version of us. He is fundamentally different then us. He is omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, loving to name just a few attributes. You are probably thinking at this point, 'Of course. We have heard and experienced these truths over and over in our exploration. What's your point?' While this distinction of God as Creator and us as creatures may be apparent it may not be seem obvious there are some important implication and applications you may not have wrestled with. And it's these I want to clarify this week as we close out the series. I want to encourage you to read through Jeremiah 18. As you ask yourself is God's the Divine Potter and I'm the clay, what does that say about our relationship, obligation, and connection. And come with your head and heart ready to receive on Sunday at 10AM. We will be livestreaming on FB and Youtube.
No One Like Him - God's Glory
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” - Exodus 33:18–20 (ESV) In the passage above something strange happens. Moses has been leading the new nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness. This has been a crazy journey filled with miracles and demonstrations of the presence of God, but Moses wants more. He wants to know and see his God. It's an amazing and bold request. In an even more amazing twist, God grants Moses' request - sorta. God will display himself to Moses but not fully. He will only see a veiled vision of God for Moses' protection. This bring up a great question - what is the glory of God? It's an attribute of God. It is found in many places in scripture. This week we continue our series on the attributes of God - No One Like Him - by looking at the Glory of God. Mickey will be opening up God's word to us.
No One Like Him - God is Redeemer
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. - Galatians 3:13–14 (ESV) Legalese is always funny to me. I'm always wondering why and how it came to be. One that always makes me smile is the disclosure on a coupon. If you look at the top it usually says something like 'Actual Cash Value 1/10 Cent'. It doesn't matter if the redemption value is 5 cents or 500 dollars, it always says that. I guess in one sense it's not worth the paper it's printed on. Redemption in scripture is different. It is both costly and valuable. In fact, redemption is something that not only what God does but who He is - a redeemer God. This week Carson is going to open up God's word for us in our series - No One Like You - to consider this important aspect of God's nature. I want to encourage you to read through Galatians 3 to prepare your heart and minds to worship.
No One Like Him - God is Omniscient
Sun, Jul 19, 2020
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. - Matthew 10:29-30 I wish there was a way to send my younger self an email or a letter or a voicemail. I'm not looking to cause some crazy time travel disaster. I just wish I knew then what I know now. I'm grateful for the growth and expanded understanding of the world, theology, and myself but sometimes I wish it came without the scars of learning the hard way. When we consider God's nature, His knowledge is one way that God is different than us. He doesn't learn. He doesn't need to. He has perfect knowledge and always has. And not only is his knowledge vast but it's also deep. The verse above demonstrates that depth in hairs and sparrows. Those are pretty trival pieces of info but God knows them. This week in our ongoing series - No One Like You - we will be opening up the idea of God's Omniscience. Before you get overwhelmed by a BIG theology word - it just means God knows everything. I'm looking forward to hearing Jim Maynard describe this important attribute and how it is a comfort to us.
No One Like Him - God is Sovereign
Sun, Jul 12, 2020
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” - Psalm 2:1–6 (ESV) Charles Spurgeon wrote: “There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation–the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands–the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne. “On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow His bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures then gnash their teeth. “And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”
No One Like You - God is Triune
Sun, Jul 05, 2020
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) The Trinity is a mysterious and difficult idea to understand. No analogy does it justice (in fact most of them lead into or are at the edge of a heresy). Yet it is true that we worship One God in Three Person - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This week we continue our series of No One Like You as Mickey Counter opens up God's word to us.
No One Like Him - God is Love
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:16-21 (ESV) If there is one attribute of God that people know and generally are comfortable with it is that God is Love. When most people conceive of a god, they make him as a benevolent deity. It is one of the three things that scripture directly and specifically says that God is. (Spirit (Jn 4:24) & Light (1 Jn 1:5) are the other two). That should make this week easy, warm, and non-controversial. Right? Well, not exactly. The problem we encounter is just like other attributes we want to make God like us. We want to think of His love in very human terms or we want to make His love the overarching, predominate attribute. Most of us conceive of God's love as first and primarily directed toward us. When we do we will shrink Him and His love into a creature-sized package. This week we continue in our series - No One Like You - to talk about God's Love. What we find in the scripture is surpising and encompassing. It will confront (and empower) us. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through 1 John 4 and consider God's Love.
No One Like You - God is Perfect
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. - Matthew 5:44-48 (ESV) In a post on the Thought Catalog, Lindsay Zdep wrote "You know that person who seems to have it all? Well, that's me. I am, and always was, considered the "golden child" and am living a life that many would consider "perfect." A dream filled with a tree that grows money, the ability to eat cake and not get fat, and relaxing afternoons lying on a hammock. An existence where nothing goes wrong and I seem to float effortlessly through it all." She goes on to say that's not true at all and explores things she's learned being labeled "perfect." My bet is that some of us fall into this category of having most things feel/look perfect and maybe "seem to float effortlessly through it all" and others torture ourselves for not being perfect, or at least "good enough." But we, as Christians, are called to be perfect. Matthew 5:48 reads "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." How in the world do we accomplish this and what does it mean to be perfect anyway? More importantly what does it mean that our God is infinitely perfect and do we really believe that? Join us this Sunday as we export that our God is infinitely perfect and how we are to accomplish the encouragement in Matthew 5:48.
No One Like Him - God is HOLY
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" - Isaiah 6:1-3 (ESV) Isaiah 6 is written in a time of uncertainity and unrest. Israel had settled leadership in King Uzziah. He had led them into a era of prolonged prosperity, but now he was dead. What would happen next? Who would rule? How would they guide the nation? Would the enemies of Israel take advantage of this moment of weakness and confusion? In the midst of this Isaiah had a vision. It's a picture of another throne room. It's a picture of a greater king. With so much uncertainty, I would have expected the Lord would have declared Himself as - sovereign, sovereign, sovereign. That's not the call of the angelic heralds. Instead they declare - Holy, holy, holy! What do they mean? What is God's holiness? What does that have to say to our world that's in unrest? This week we look at God's Holiness in our series - No One Like Him. I'd encourage you to read Isaiah 6 in preparation. Derek Flesichmann will be opening up God's word for us.
No One Like You - God is Creator
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. - Acts 17:26-27 (ESV) The world is one of design. On both the micro and macro levels there is a pattern and imprint that can be see of a Divine hand. It's hard to miss, but people do. We do. When we dismiss this critical idea it skews not only our understanding about God but about ourselves, the people around us, and the world itself. This week we are going to continue our series: No One Like You. This week we will talk about God as our Creator. Take some time to read through Acts 17 as Paul describes God.
Powered by: truthengaged