by Kerry Shook

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Grand Canyon (1 of 4)
Series: The Great American Road Trip
Pastor Kerry Shook

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God is Bigger Than We Can Fathom

• Acts 17:24 (NIV)

God is Closer Than We Realize

• Acts 17:27 (NIV)

How to Get Up Close and Personal With God


"God did this so men would seek Him…"

• Jer. 29:13 (NIV)


"…reach out for Him and find Him…"

• Psalm 145:18 (NIV)


The Great American Road Trip - we are going to go to some spectacular places and learn spiritual truths. Every Sunday this summer we are going to take you to a new destination. Our first stop - the Grand Canyon. Today we are going to the Grand Canyon to dig down deep, to go deep into the canyon to learn some deep, spiritual truths. So right now just close your eyes and just imagine that you are on a little single engine airplane flying over the Grand Canyon.


Didn't that feel good? That was great, wasn't it? It's great to see God's creation. The Grand Canyon National Park spans 277 miles of the Colorado River. It is so immense there is no way you can take it all in at once. The sheer size of the canyon and the vast beauty of the canyon are completely overwhelming. That is why it reminds me of God. Because God is bigger then we can fathom. God is bigger then anything we can fathom. God is so big we can't really comprehend it. Now, theologians call this God's transcendence. It's God's transcendence. That is, the God who carved out the canyon and the God who fashioned the whole universe and put the stars in place transcends our understanding. Now, look at our key verse. Take out your outlines from your program if you haven't done that already. Look at our first verse. Acts 17:24. Now here the apostle Paul, St. Paul is standing on Mars Hill in Athens, Greece and he is speaking to the Greeks who have hundreds of Gods. They have so many Gods they can't keep up with them all. They built a little shrine or a temple or a monument to each one of the Gods. Paul is saying, you guys just don't get it, do you? I can just imagine Paul sharing this message at the Grand Canyon, using the Grand Canyon as an illustration. But, he is in Athens standing atop Mars Hill, speaking to the Greeks with all their Gods, shrines, temples and monuments all around and he says this…"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands." Paul says, guys, you got it all wrong. The one God, the true God, He doesn't live in your little temples, your little shrines, He is bigger then that. Now, folks, this is a beautiful building, but God is bigger then this building. God is so much bigger then anything we could create with our human hands. God is bigger then any building, anything we can make with human hands.
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