Friday, July 14, 2006

Our God is a great BIG God

I've been studying the "easy" subject of Spiritual Gifts after which I decided to gorge on Romans 9-11 for a while. Just for fun! Had the opportunity to teach some of that at Reading Family Church last month, and to work it through with some keen students, so here it is in bitesize blogpost. Why hit the hard doctrine? Because:
"Young people today don't get fired up about denominations and agencies. They get fired up about the greatness of a global God and about the unstoppable purpose of a sovereign King." -- John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching
Get into it with this introduction: Romans 9 - Breathless and Heartbroken.  

And our hearts don't just drift towards believing in such a big God. God reveals himself and if you want a big vision of God Romans 9-11 is a great place to go. Its warm and tear-stained stuff from a man wrestling in the agonies of prayer for his people. It stretches the mind but stretches the heart even more, will we believe the plain meaning of God's word? To get you in the mood here's a fun BIG God song:
Our God is a great big God, Our God is a great big God,
Our God is a great big God, And he holds us in his hands.
He's higher than a sky scraper, and he's deeper than a submarine.
He's wider than the universe, and beyond my wildest dreams.
And he's known meand he's loved me, since before the world began.
How wonderful to be a part of God's amazing plan.
Our God is a great big God
-- Jo & Nigel Hemming. Copyright © 2001 Vineyard Songs
And try this too: Have you heard the good news? Is your Christianity good news or just a necessary evil, a get out of jail free card or the best news ever? It's easy to shrink Christianity down into something mediocre, but when you see what God has actually done in Jesus it's big and amazing.

1 comment:

  1. Funny, this is one of the most read posts on the blog.