It would be hard to overestimate how important it is for an individual Christian, and for God’s church, to have a correct understanding of God. Our worship, our service and our practical day to day lives will be impacted by how we understand God. We must endeavour therefore to understand what Scripture reveals to us of God. This series will explore some of those aspects of God’s nature that are His alone, but in understanding them, we will find our worship and service growing in the light of what they reveal to us.
Isaiah 40 - God is Infinite and Eternal - Alex Warren (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, April 18, 2021
Why should we take time to study what God is like? There are lots of good answers to that question, not least that it will help us to worship him better. Isaiah chapter 40 gives us a really important answer to that question though. It is written to God's people Judah as they were about to be carried away into Babylon, into exile from their homeland. They were tempted to think that God had abandoned them, that either he was unable to save them or unwilling to do so. In this chapter God tells his people that he is going to forgive them and restore them. What evidence does he give for this? He says "Behold your God!" - "Look at me!" When we struggle with doubts and uncertainties about God, we need to look at God too. We need to see what he is like. He is infinite! We need an infinite God. Since he is eternal (infinite when it comes to time), he is able to save us and keep us for all eternity, not only in this life but in the next. Since he is infinite in his character - we know that his love has no limits, and that if we trust in Jesus, we will know that he truly desires to save us and keep us. As we understand God better, we will find ourselves better able to trust him.
Psalm 145 - God is Incomprehensible - Christiaan Hofstra (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, April 25, 2021
Psalm 145, David's last Psalm is a song of praise. Praise fueled by all God's known goodness, power, works and majesty yet also by God's unsearchable greatness. This Psalm reflects the truth that although God can be known as He has revealed Himself through his Word and through His Son Jesus Christ, He is also incomprehensible. It's impossible to box God in. We will never run out of knowing Him more deeply. Plus the one we love will always be greater than we could ever imagine. Great joy is found in this truth. God's incomprehensibility intensifies our worship, invites meditation and calls for proclamation so others will join in praise of this God. (Also: Rom.11:33; Eph.3:8, 18)
God's Self-Existence and Self-Sufficiency - Christiaan Hofstra (Video) (Audio Only)
Morning Service, Sunday, May 2, 2021
Paul's words recorded in Acts 17, spoken at a meeting of the Areopagus, reveal that God as creator is superior to all lesser competing deities worshiped in Athens. Actually, since God existed before and exists outside creation, he does not need creation nor us to be fulfilled, happy or exist. God enjoys perfect eternal communion within the trinity. It means God is not changed or influenced by opinion polls nor is there any self-serving in all God's goodness. God's self-sufficiency and self-existence corrects and redefines our worship. We're called to 'seek him and reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us'.