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Who Is God? Why Ask? (1 of 9)
Series: Who Is God?
Introduction: Sometimes it's good to know WHY we're studying what we're studying. When we lived in Central Florida the head of the math department at the University of Central Florida was a member of our church. I was at his home once and saw a poster he had of all the vocations in which you might be called upon to use calculus. Remember calculus in school? How about algebra? Remember wondering what on Earth calculus could ever have to do with your life; what practical application it would ever have? This guy's poster answered that question and I have to say it was fairly enlightening. I can see how it might make a difference to students who were grinding it out in calculus to visualize how this might actually make a difference in their lives someday (Although I don't think I've ever been called upon to use calculus in the ministry. I'm not even allowed to count the offering!)
The question ''Why do you ask?'' is a fair question. Why are we asking this question, ''Who is God?'' Why are we going to spend the next few weeks studying the attributes of God? (SNORE zzzzzz) Why can't we have a good ''how-to'' sermon series like, ''How to make my marriage great in 7 easy steps,'' or ''How to get a promotion at work,'' or ''How to be healthy, wealthy and wise''?
In his book, ''Knowledge of the Holy'' A.W. Tozer wrote: ''What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.'' But why? Why on earth would that be the most important thing about us?
Tozer himself anticipates that question in his slim little book:
'''What bearing does this have on my life? What possible meaning can (theology) have for me and others in a world such as this and in times such as these?' To this I reply that, because we are the handiwork of God, it follows that all of our problems and their solutions are theological. Some knowledge of what kind of God it is that operate ...
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