J. Gordon Duncan

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Sermon Preview for 101109

staubachI, like many other kids, tried to emulate my heroes in most everything they did.  At any point in time, I would play a game of football and act like I was Roger Staubach.  I would play baseball and pretend that I was Dale Murphy.  I would play basketball and dream of being Dr. J.  I played guitar and walked around my room like I was Ace Frehley.  In the smallest of ways, I was like my heroes.  I could throw football, hit a baseball, make a layup, and strum a guitar.  But the difference between me and my heroes was much greater than any similarities.

In the strangest of ways, that is how we relate to God.  We have some characteristics (communicable attributes) that we share with God.  He loves, and we can love.  He is wise, and we can be wise.  He is knowable, and we can be known.  God is merciful, and on our best day, we can be merciful as well.  But in all of those things, we are only like God in the smallest of ways.  God loves perfectly; we love incredibly imperfectly.  God is wise, and we are only wise as we reflect God’s wisdom.  We are merciful but only to the extent that we know God’s mercy.

There are some qualities of God that we do no share with Him in any way.  These are called incommunicable attributes.  For example, God is eternal, and we a have clear and definite beginning.  God is omnipresent, and according to your calendar or day timer, you definitely are not.  God is immutable (unchanging), and we are the worst at changing as the wind blows.

So we can imitate and be like God in some ways, but even our imitation is a pale likeness of God.  He is the truest representation of love, holiness, knowledge, wisdom, and pretty much every other description of Him.  So as we approach knowing God through scripture, we have to be careful.  Often words will be used to describe what God is doing (love, hate, patience, mercy) and we apply human definitions of those qualities to what God has done which severely limits our understanding of God’s actions and declarations.  Instead of reading how God is described and applying what we know of a certain to quality to Him, we should read what God does and understand that quality in its truest context and definition.

As you begin to understand those qualities, you can grow in your worship of God.  This week in Romans 9, Paul is going to emphasize 3 specific characteristics of God:  His mercy, compassion, and power.  In light of that, let’s ask this Big Picture Question.

Big Picture Question:  How should God’s mercy, compassion, and power transform your worship?

If you would like to join Sovereign King Church for worship, we meet at 10:30am each Sunday, and you can find directions to our worship space at http://www.sovereignkingpca.net/1.2.html.

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