Friday, May 25, 2007

Knowing God

I get to preach a sermon this weekend (at Hidden Acres) - and I'm preaching on a couple of the 10 commandments. Since I believe that the decalogue is primarily about Knowing God, it's an absolutely exciting thing to preach on it. I want to share a few quotes on this stuff.

Dr. John Walton - His OT Survey Book - first couple pages

“The Old Testament’s objective is not transformed lives, though knowing God should transform one’s life. The Old Testament’s objective is not the adoption of a value system, though a value system would certainly be one outcome of knowing God in a real way. The Old Testament is not a repository of historical role models, dusty hymns, and obscure prophetic sayings, but God’s invitation to hear his story.” God wants us to KNOW HIM!

Tozer Quotes - from the first couple chapters of my favorite book - "Knowledge of the Holy"

The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles... It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives , we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is.

The most important fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.

I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God.

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him…

What a challenge to preach about God and do Him justice.

Pray.

2 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Todd said...

Awesome Tozer quote bro! We just did an Adult Sunday School on knowing God and Tozer had a huge influence on me knowing God.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Tozer may be my all time favorite author when it comes to "devotional theology". I'm not sure that category really exists, but it does for me.

 

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