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What’s in a Name? – Week 2 – 12/1/2019

From your perspective, how big, how strong, how powerful, how immense, how intense, how mighty is God?

Colossians 1:16-17 For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.

We are incredibly small, and small might be too big a word.

Psalm 8:3-4 When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place, what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man[c] that you look after him?

We’re very small, but we’re not insignificant. We are almost a cosmic irrelevance, but we’re created on purpose for a purpose by a mighty God!

There are two truths that have changed my relationship with God, and that have opened my eyes to who God really is and what God is really all about:

  1. God is not safe!  The reason God isn’t safe is God doesn’t fit into our boxes.  So what do we do in light of who God is and how mighty He is?  We have to remove ourselves from the center of the story and put God at the center.

  2. God is not silent! We would see that all of His wonder, all of His precision, all of His beauty and all of His power are saying one thing -He is a MIGHTY God.

 

What’s in a Name? – Week 1 – 11/24/2019

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew  1:23-25

See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel,[h]

which is translated “God is with us.”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her 25 but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son.[i] And he named him Jesus.

Because of the Holy Spirit, instead of being a counselor to a few, Jesus can now be a Wonderful Counselor to every believer at all times.  Do you need a Wonderful Counselor?

Let’s look at just 4 things that the Spirit does for all believers:

  1. He is present with you and in you! The Holy Spirit’s presence guarantees His power, His strength, and His courage.

  2. He tells you the truth!

  3. He teaches us!

  4. He makes peace possible!