A few years ago, I heard someone say, “We don’t hear a lot of preaching about God nowadays”. The comment grabbed my attention (especially as a preacher!) and as I spent some time thinking about it, I had to agree. We have a lot of sermons on things such as relationships, faith, freedom, prayer, evangelism, etc, etc, which are all good – but not a lot of preaching about God.
As a result, back in 2005, I shared a five-part series of messages on The Quest for God. We took a fresh look at the God who has revealed himself to us – who he is and what he’s really like. We talked about: (1) the fact that God is not dead – he's very alive, (2) how BIG God is, (3) how loving God is, (4) the holiness of God, and what that means practically, and (5) where God is when we’re hurting (the question of suffering).
This series had a tangible impact on all of our lives at that time. For those of you who missed this it – a CD pack is available from our bookshop (order online or phone +613 9871 8300) and there are also free mp3s of each one of the messages on the CityLife Church web site.
This coming weekend I'll be continuing on this theme as we talk about friendship with God. What an awesome privilege to think that God calls us to be his ‘friends’! He wants us to not just know ‘about’ him but to have a personal and intimate relationship with him. We can be as close to God as we want to be. He calls us to come closer. Will we respond?
As with any friend, let’s make an effort to know what God is like. Find out what pleases Him and seek to do those things on a regular basis. Find out what annoys Him or makes Him angry and be sure to avoid those things. Remember, God is a personal and relational God. He has feelings, thoughts and desires just like you and I do. After all, we were made in his likeness.
When it’s all said and done, what matters for now and eternity is knowing God. Let’s continue to take up the quest – for God!