Having the Life You've Always Wanted (2 of 6) by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Having the Life You've Always Wanted (2 of 6)
M. Kenneth Lyon
Romans 7:14
September 27, 1998

And if you'll turn to your growth notes that you'll find in your bulletin, you'll recall we started this series of sermons on having the life you've always wanted with a few basic premises. One of those was this: that we for the sake of exploration--and what if it's true-- are going to take the posture that indeed there is a creative force, a creative power, a personality that is the source of our creation--the creation of the world, the universes that are and our creation in particular. And given that assumption as we [end of side 1]... together, we are also going to assume that no one would know more about creation than the One who is the source of creation, just as the artisan who crafts the clock will know more about that clock than anybody else, its intricacies, et cetera. So too is God the artisan of our existence and One who has purpose toward us and through us for all of creation. A second premise is: this One who is the source of our createdness will be so far above us and beyond us in our finiteness we will never be able to fully understand all that there is to this created mysterious one. And what we can understand is through the revelation that God gives to us through the experience of persons who have sought to be in relationship with this mysterious one and have documented those experiences through history. We call it the Scriptures. Therefore, we turn to the scriptures to see this record. Does it preclude then the possibilities of what God can do? It does not. God can do anything God chooses to do. That's a basic premise. But in fact we must deal with what God has apparently done through the record of God's works known as the Scripture.

So as we look at the Scripture and we think in terms of those four life quests that psychologists, sociologists, and historians point to that is the heart of the matter for us as human beings. The quest for indiv ...


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