Sermon by Dr. E. Dale Locke

Series:  The God I Wish You Knew, Week 1 – “He Exists”

  1. Briefly describe a person who was important to you, but is now gone, who you wish your current friends could have known.
  1. Read Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  What do know about God from this one verse?
  1. Read Hebrews 1:1-3a: “In the past, God spoke to our ancestors 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 also 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.”

Hebrews 1:1-3a indicates that God’s best and most accurate communication about what He is like can be found in Jesus, because Jesus is God.  What can we know about God by looking at Jesus?

  1. Jesus said the same thing, when He said, “If you have seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” How can this idea help you avoid confusion and doubt about God when:  a: You experience pain or tragedy?    b: You read difficult passages in the Old Testament where God appears to be violent and angry?
  1. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  What do you notice in this verse?
  1. One stumbling block that can hinder a person from believing in God’s existence is that they’ve been given the wrong information. Name some ways a person can get wrong ideas about God.
  1. What does it mean to “suspend disbelief”? How can a person do that?
  1. Some people don’t believe in God because they’ve never really examined the evidence. Talk about some of the evidence for God’s existence.
  1. What did Pastor Dale mean when he said that some people claim to believe in God, but they are actually “practical atheists”? What is a “practical atheist”?
  1. Tell us how God became real and personal to you.
  1. What are some things a person can do to develop their faith in God?

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