Sunday morning we continued our Starting Point series and discussed where we should start when trying to understand and know God.
You see, there are a lot of varying opinions on how God primarily communicates to us in this world. Here are some of the options:
1. Through our experiences – the problem with this is that our experiences can be misinterpreted! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought one thing about a situation and then it turns out to be totally different!
2. Through other people (friends, family, pastor) – the problem with this is that other people can be mistaken! Have you ever been mistaken? I think everyone has!
3. Through popular opinion – the problem with this is that popular opinion can be misguided! Culture can easily lead you astray and tell you things that just aren’t true!
If you allow one of these three to guide your understanding of God, you are risking the possibility of believing in a God that doesn’t actually exist! So, where do we start? The answer is God himself! If you really wanted to know me and have a relationship with me, you would have to come to me and talk to me, and get to know me – the same is true with God – we learn about Him primarily from Him telling us about himself!
And that is why Scripture is so important in our lives as Christians – God is communicating to us, telling us His story and who he is! We use the big word “inspiration” to explain exactly how God did that – he, through His Spirit, guided people to write down the thoughts, ideas, and words that he wanted to for us to have – and that is what we have in the Bible.
Here’s the problem – there are a LOT of people in the world who would say that the idea that God speaks to people like that is absurd, and there is no reason we can trust that the Bible is actually true and reliable. I’m not going to go into all the details on this but there is a ton of resources out there to help with this objection. Here’s a couple of links:
- this is one from the Starting Point website!
- Good info here!
- an outline that we used Sunday morning to discuss!
So, Scripture is God’s way of revealing himself to us, and our primary way of knowing Him. It is real. It also speaks to us in our need, brokenness, and search for purpose and meaning. It has been written over 1000s of year, and yet even today, in 2011, it is still relevant!
As we begin to look at God’s story from Creation to Revelation in the Starting Point series, we are going to look into the real and relevant Word of God, and be challenged to allow our stories to be a part of God’s bigger story!
ALSO – We had 6-7 student baptized Sunday night at Gem Lakes which was AWESOME!! Congrats to you guys! If you are wanting to know more about baptism, click here!