Friday, January 11, 2013

God Himself Is Present


Last week we embarked on a journey through the whole Bible to discover what it means for God to be with us. We saw that God created mankind to have fellowship with him and that godly men throughout the OT longed for and prayed for the presence of God! We also formulated a definition of what it means to say that God is with someone: God has entered into a covenant relationship with men, on the basis of a sacrificial blood atonement, in which he will be their God and they will be his people. God makes promises to them to which they respond in obedient faith, and God works in and through them (i.e. he delivers them; he blesses them; he provides for, protects, and prospers them) to fulfill his promises in order to accomplish his purposes. Those OT saints desired to enjoy a relationship with God in which he would actively accomplish his good purposes in and through them. And we see that God did work with these believers, and they enjoyed their relationship with God. 

This is what we want, too. High Country Baptist Church exists to glorify and enjoy God by knowing him and making him known. This is our raison d’ĂȘtre. It is our summum bonum, our highest good. It is our true joy and purpose in life. God with us is life itself! Join us this Lord's Day on our quest.

Songs
Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (#211)
Doxology
How Sad Our State (#333)
And Can It Be? (#335)
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (#336)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 13:18-39; Psalm 42
New Testament: Luke 7:18-35

Sermon
God with Us (Part 2) - John 1:14, 18        

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