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God


What is God like?

Let's look at what the Bible teaches about God...

1. There is ONE God who made everything

Some religions teach that many gods exist, but the Bible teaches that there is only one God. 

1 Corinthians 8:6 "...there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist..."

The Bible teaches that this one God is the Creator of everything.

Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

The complexity found in the natural world is compelling evidence to the existence of a Creator God.

If you found a smart phone lying on the ground would you assume that it spontaneously and randomly came together? Or would you conclude from it’s complexity that it had a designer and creator? The complexity of the universe demands the existence of a powerful designer and creator!

1. The Earth is the perfect distance from the sun. Venus is too close for life (462 C). Jupiter is too far for life (-145 C).
2. The Earth’s tilt (23.5) is perfect for seasonal, pleasant weather.
3. Earth’s size is perfect. Smaller and oxygen would escape (Mars). Larger and poisonous gases would accumulate (Jupiter).
4. The moon is the perfect size to maintain Earth’s tilt and ocean tides necessary for marine life.

Could all of this happened by accident?

The Good News about God is that he is BIGGER and BETTER than we thought.

2. God is Great: Bigger and stronger than we thought.

Acts 17:24-25, 29 "The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. ... we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man."

God is independent of everything. He does not live in a man-made temple, nor does he need humans to provide anything for him. On the contrary...

God made everything. God did not come from the art or imagination of humans; rather we came from the creativity and imagination of God. 

God sustains everything. God provides for the needs of humans and all of his creation. He gives us life. He keeps the sun burning, the earth orbiting, and our hearts beating.

God is eternal, wise, and infinitely strong. God knows all and is everywhere at once.

3. God is Good: Better and closer than we thought.

Acts 17:26-28 "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. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’"

Though you may or may not have realized it, God has always been near you. He not only made you, but God protects and provides. God listens to our cries for help and saves us.

Psalm 145:14-19 "The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them."

Everything good you have ever had is from God. Sunshine, rain, food, water, shelter, the beautiful of changing season, good health, the strength to work, the provision of a job, enduring friends, the provision of a spouse, children, etc... all of these are gifts God provides to "satisfy your heart with gladness" because he is good and kind.

4. God deserves our gratitude.

Have you ever thanked God for all he has given you? Have you given God adequate thanks for his gifts? Perhaps you have not even acknowledged his existence. Perhaps you have been living ignorantly and taking his gifts for granted. Failing to honor your Creator is but one example of what the Bible calls "sin". Sins (failing to do good & doing bad) set us at odds with God.

Acts 17:30-31 "The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

God has graciously and patiently overlooked our ignorance but now he commands us to turn towards him and give him the thanks and honor he deserves as our Creator and Sustainer.

God will judge the world. There are evil and painful things in the world--disease, depression, suicide, war, abuse, suffering, hate, death, etc. God will destroy all that is evil in the world. This is happy news if we are among those who honor God. If we do not honor God will fall under his condemnation.

5. God loves us.

God knows everything about you and loves you unconditionally like a father. He wants you to know him for yourself and enjoy his love personally. Because God loves us, he has made a way for us to turn toward him and honor him: he sent his Son to be our Savior.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

The Savior is Jesus. Jesus took all of our dishonorable actions upon himself and died to remove our guilt and shame. God raised Jesus back to life. The way to live rightly before God and honor him is to honor his Son Jesus through believing in him.

Read all about Jesus this next week in the Gospel of Mark.
Study all about Jesus next week in First Steps 2.