Notes from Andy Stanley’s talk “The God of Jesus“, part 4 (of 6) from the Who Needs God? series.
Are you caught between doubt and despair because you’ve been trying to worship the bodyguard god, on-demand god, boyfriend god, guilt god, anti-science god, gap god, or angry-Old-Testament god? (those gods are explained here) If big-G God has lost his appeal because you’ve mixed him up with a gaggle of little-g gods who don’t exist, then how can you know what God is really like?
Andy starts with a clarification of why we are teaching this series, “Who Needs God.”
It is for anyone who has walked away or decided against Christianity, and have felt the tension that life is irreconcilable with their faith, to come back or reconsider following Jesus – not to the faith of your childhood, but to a grown-up understanding of your faith.
Jesus said that all of the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) pointed to Him.
Example: Isaiah 53
Gentile Christians took the Jewish Scriptures and combined them with the documents of the New Testament and put them together as The Bible
People followed Jesus after the resurrection because of the resurrection.
What Jesus said about God can be trusted.
The Gospel writers documented what Jesus said about God.
What did Jesus say about God? What did he say God is like?
God is Spirit. (John 4:24)
God is Father. (Luke 11:2)
God is not the reflection of your earthly father, He is the perfection of your earthly father. -Louie Giglio
God is Love. (1 John 4:16)
Shade requires the sun.
You can have sun without shade, but you cannot have shade without sun.
Just as shade requires the sun, evil requires good.
Love must necessarily preexist unlove.
We often ask the question, “Why does God allow evil in the world?”
Here’s a better question to think about:
Why do you know there is evil in the world?
When it comes to God, Jesus is our most reliable source.
Read through the gospel of John and ask yourself: “What am I learning about the Father from the Son?”
If you could see God just once, wouldn’t it settle your fears, give you assurance, and motivate you to hold firm in your faith? If you want to know what God says, listen to Jesus. If you want to know what God is up to, watch Jesus. If you want to have a closer relationship with God, follow Jesus.