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Who Is God? God Is Good! (3 of 9)
Series: Who Is God?
INTRODUCTION: Most of you probably know the childhood prayer we all learned to pray before a meal: ''God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food.'' But did you learn the proper POST-MEAL prayer? It is especially appropriate at Thanksgiving: ''God is good. God is great. I can't believe how much I ate.''
God is good. That's what we're going to talk about today. If you're new to us this morning then you should know that we are in a sermon series entitled, ''Who is God?'' In this series we're are focusing on the attributes of God. This is the third sermon in the series.
By way of review we talked about why we would even ask this question in the first place. Why is theology important? Why would A.W. Tozer state that ''What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us''? We answered that theology is important for a lot of reasons including: 1) Human rights, 2) Morals and Ethics, 3) Worship, and 4) Love.
We also posited the existence of God because, after all, if God does not exist then there is really no reason to talk about his attributes. We looked at three classical arguments for the existence of God. By ''classical'' arguments I mean that these arguments are all classics. They are powerful and compelling and if you're going to not believe in God you ought to have some well-reasoned refutations of these arguments, and good luck with that. The three arguments for the existence of God were: 1) The Cosmological Argument (cause and effect). 2) The Teleological Argument (Intelligent Design and irreducible complexity). 3) The Historical Argument (the historical resurrection of Jesus).
That brings us to today and the first attribute of God that we are going to study: goodness.
I. GOD'S GOODNESS DEFINED
Ps.25:8 ''Good and upright is the Lord.''
Let's begin with a definition of God's goodness. I like the one in A.W. Toz ...
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