“Do you know what you mean by these words, so often repeated—the Holy Spirit? What place has God the Holy Spirit in your religion? What do you know of His office, His work, His indwelling, His fellowship, and His power?
I believe that the times in which we live demand frequent and distinct testimonies upon this great subject. I believe that few truths of the Christian religion are so often obscured and spoiled by false doctrine as the truth about the Holy Spirit.” ~J.C. Ryle
As I preached this morning one of the overarching points I wanted to make was that we can, as a Christian community, sometimes have our vision of God obscured by either focusing in on one attribute of God to the exclusion of other—this can create an imbalance in worship and also distort the one true vision of the God of the Bible.
What is the countermeasure? Well, sound doctrine is a major component here. Doctrine sounds divisive, and it is. But it can be good to find out that the Christian church has stood upon teachings like the Tri-unity of God and the deity of Christ as ways of separating them from enemies of the Cross of Christ.
So, in this series (and the sermon will uploaded soon) we seek to examine and hammer out the particular nature and character of the Godhead and have a fuller grasp of the One God, revealed in Three Distinct (Never Separate) Persons.
The reason this is so important is because the Church has to learn to speak clearly and articulately about what we believe; working from within in the context of scripture—leaving the empty chatter and false visions of God behind us. It is like what the Reformer, Calvin articulated, “…how can the human mind measure off the measureless essence of God according to its own little measure… Let us then willingly leave to God the knowledge of Himself…” And if we can only know God by coming to His word for His self-disclosure…then by all means go to the sources, turn to the book, read the Old, Old Story—get the vision of God from God Himself.
Find the sermon link here (special thanks to my good friends and fellow Christians, Harold Thornbro and Brian McKinney, who have done the hard work of keeping our sermons up to date at http://www.ncmbc.org, thanks guys): http://ncmbc.org/Audio/Genesis/081813m.mp3