Christians call God ‘Father’, but why do we do this? What does it mean to know someone as almighty as God in such a close, personal way? This sermon is the first in our series, ‘What We Believe’ based on the Apostles’ Creed. ‘I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth’ Outline I believe…what??? The Eternal Father (John 5:16-27) The Creating Father (Revelation 4:9-11) My Father and Your Father (John 8:42; 20:17; Romans 8:15) Knowing God as Father (Luke 11:9-13)
What’s the time? (v1) False forbidding (vv1-3a) True thankfulness (vv3b-5) Saying ‘yes’ with thankfulness
The source of everything (vv 1-5) who is rejected and received (vv 6-13) when he comes to us (vv 14-18) Jesus, the source of your life
Suffering - but with hope (vv18-25) Suffering - but not alone (vv26-27) Suffering - but with security (vv28-39) Suffering as a Christian
The garden wedding that started it all (Genesis 2) Marriage: A picture of union with Christ (Ephesians 5:25-33) The wedding of eternity (Revelation 21:1-3)
God’s Generosity Creation (Job 41:11b) Salvation (2 Corinthians 8:9) Being Generous How generous? Tithing? (Numbers 18; Deuteronomy 14) Or…? Who to be generous to? Galatians 6:10 Galatians 6:6; 1 Timothy 5:17-18 How to be generous?