TODAY'S THEME VERSES: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." Psalm 19: 1
HARD SAYING FOR THE
Read II Samuel 6:1-7.
Picture in your mind a party, but not any ordinary party, a party where the center of attention is God. Please are dancing,
singing, playing instruments for the sole purpose of celebrating God. What a great time!! Suddenly, someone falls over dead
in the middle of the party because they did "one little thing" that may have been not quite the way that God wanted it. How
would you respond? What would you do? Isn't this being too harsh on God's part? Isn't it enough that people would desire to
come and praise Him? Why do things always have to be His way or no way? Isn't this being unfair? If this story is true, doesn't
it contradict the fact that God is a merciful, loving God?
INTRODUCTION TO THE
- The act of making something known or disclosing information to someone(s).
We will be speaking
this morning and next week of God's communication, His making known of things to us. How does He do it?
A. General/Natural - External and internal disclosure which comes to a human being from God in the mediate, natural mode (mediate=acting through an intervening agency, ex. I will give this pen to _____ thru _____). This happens both from outside us (God's created order) and inside us (our conscience, sense of right and wrong).
Look at the following verses and explain how these support/disprove the definition
above. Answer the following about these: 1) What kind of general revelation is being talked about? 2) What do humans do or should they do about what they know from these verses?
Psalm 19: 1-4, 14
Romans 1:18-20, 32
Acts 17:16-31(focus on vv. 22-3, 29-30)
Rom. 1 - Human beings owe God-- existence, worship, obedience, service
Sin is a refusal to recognize God for who He is. They instead make themselves god.
What should our response be to these facts around and from inside us?
Faith - A response to a word from God. Heb. 11:6 says this: "And without faith it
is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him MUST believe that He exists and that he rewards those who diligently
How about you? Do you have faith? Do you believe that He is God or are you making
your own gods (like sports, material possessions, popularity, family)?
Next week, we'll
talk about special revelation and what that has to do with trusting God and His word.