by Kerry Shook

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Grand Canyon (1 of 3)
Series: It's Personal - Doing Life with God
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)

Growing spiritually is all about …

• A personal experience

• A personal responsibility

• A personal relationship

• Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

• Psalm 139:16-18 (NLT)

1. He's Always a Personal Father


The Grand Canyon spans some 277 miles of the Colorado River. It's so immense that you can't possibly take it all in at once. The sheer size of the canyon and its vast beauty are completely overwhelming, and that's why is reminds me of God, because God is bigger than we can fathom. God is so much bigger and so much more powerful that we can wrap our finite minds around and truly comprehend his greatness, and it's just impossible. God is bigger and greater than we could ever fathom. Now theologians call this God's transcendence. That is the God who carved out the canyon and put the stars in space transcends our human understanding. There's no way we can comprehend it. Paul stood on Mars Hill in Athens, Greece and spoke to the Greek influencers. Now the Greeks had hundreds of gods. They had so many gods they worshipped they couldn't keep track of them all, and for everyone of the gods they would build these little shrines or temples to contain their gods. So Paul in Acts 17:24 stands up on the hillside and preaches this amazing message, and he says, "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 what you guys are doing is just silly. It makes no sense. God, the one true God, doesn't live in your little shrines that you build. He's bigger than that. In fact, nothing built by human hands an contain him. Now folks, we built these buildings so a lot of people could come and experience God's greatness and worship God and come to know Christ and grow in him, but God does not live in these buildings. God is bigger than these buildings. There's nothing built by human hands that can contain God. God will not be contained. He will not be confined. He will not be put in our little box of human understanding. God is bigger and greater than anything than we could ever fathom, but then Paul goes on to tell the Athenians, God is closer than we realize. He says in verse 27, "God did this so men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us". So God is greater than we can imagine, but He's closer than most of realize. Now theologians call this God's eminence. That is, God is so great he transcends our human understanding, but God is eminent. He's close. He's personal.
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