Pastor Steve Williams : The One Who Wants to Be Your One

Unbelievable · 45:09 · Recorded April 26, 2020

The One Who Wants to Be Your One

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (CSB) “Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

We can only know God as he reveals himself.

John 1:1-4 (Phi) At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that Word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning. All creation took place through him, and none took place without him. In him appeared life and this life was the light of mankind.

God expresses himself through creation, the scriptures, and in person.

Romans 1:20 (NIV) Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities…have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Hebrews 1:1-3 (CSB) God spoke to our ancestors by the prophets…. In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son…The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature…

John 1:14 (NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

God is like Jesus!

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) God, who said, “Let light shine out of dark-ness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

God is an eternal relationship of Father, Son& Holy Spirit.

God eternally exists as one being who is three distinct, co-equal, persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

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John 14:16-18 (CSB) “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.”

Why believing this matters

1. I’m gaining a truer understanding of God.

John 17:3 (CSB) “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent — Jesus Christ.”

Not 3 Gods, nor 3 aspects, nor 3 stages.

2. I’m grounded in the amazing devotion God has to me.

He’s my security – “I’ll be okay”

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV) God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

He’s my significance – “I am”

1 Peter 1:2 (NLT) God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.

He’s my competence – “I can”

Ephesians 1:18-20 (NLT) “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called…I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

He’s my destiny – “I’m becoming”

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we…are being transform-ed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

3. I’m awed by the majesty & mystery of his involvement in me.

John 14:18, 20 (CSB) “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you…On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.”

So who or what’s my One?

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What’s something about God you’d sure like to understand better?

  • Read John 14:6-9 and 2 Corinthians 4:6. How would your conception of God be different if we didn’t know about Jesus of Nazareth? What’s most reassuring to you about God in light of Jesus’ coming to live as one of us?

  • What’s the most challenging thing about understanding God as “Blessed Trinity” for you to have a settled mind about?

  • What variety of thoughts and feelings do you find yourself having for each of the persons of the Trinity – The Father? The Son? The Holy Spirit?

  • Which of the ideas in point number 2 about being “grounded” do you especially resonate with or find most encouraging right now? Are there other scriptures you’re aware of that affirm this for you?

  • Which scriptures or points of the message do you find yourself continuing to think about the most? Read Deuteronomy 6:4-5. How has the message encouraged your devotion to God as your “One?” Conclude your group time by inviting individuals to freely express their heartfelt responses to God.

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate through this current season.

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