Acts 17:24-28 (NAS) “The God who made the world and all things in it, since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed any-thing, since he himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth…that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us; for in him we live and move and exist.”
Isaiah 40:25-26 (NIV) “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Psalm 19:1-4 (NRSV) The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV) In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Jeremiah 10:14-15 (TEV) Those who make idols are disillusioned, because the gods they make are false and lifeless. They are worthless.
Psalm 50:21 (NAS) “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.”
Job 21:14-15 (NIV) “They say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’”
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.
Isaiah 46:9-10 (NIV) “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
Psalm 33:8-12 (BBE) Let the earth be full of the fear of the Lord; let all the people of the world be in holy fear of him. For he gave the word, and it was done; by his order it was fixed forever. The Lord undoes the designs of the nations; he makes the thoughts of the peoples without effect. The Lord’s purpose is eternal, the designs of his heart go on through all the generations of man. Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he has taken for his heritage.
Isaiah 66:1-2 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
Isaiah 48:17-18 (CSB) This is what the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
Isaiah 57:15, 18 (ESV) Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite… I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him.”
When did “God” become more than just a word or concept to you?
What about creation produces the greatest sense of awe for you? What do you wish you could have 5 minutes with God to ask him about his creation?
What practical difference does it make for you to believe you’re created by God in his image, as opposed to being merely an incident of nature?
What scriptures from this message seemed to speak to you with power and personal impact? Why? What do you sense God wants in the way of a response to them?
Review the ways we can “shrink” God down. What motives would people have for each of these? Which do you find yourself most susceptible to?
How will you seek to take God more seriously this week? How can your group pray for or assist you with this?
Elementary Parents, today your kids learned about a time when Jesus revealed his power simply by speaking. Ask kids what dangerous situation the disciples were in. (A severe storm) What was Jesus doing during the storm? (Sleeping) Jesus stood and spoke to the wind and the waves and they stopped. Our bottom line is Jesus can help you. We want kids to see that our God, the God who can calm a storm by speaking to it, is powerful enough to help us when we are in difficult situations that may feel like a storm.
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.