Discerning the Will of God (September 2, 2011)

Experiencing God vs. Knowing God: A Case Study  

  1. Knowing God: Written in 1973, Sold 1 Million Copies
    1. Theological, cerebral.
    2. Topics:
      1. The Unchanging God
      2. The Majesty of God
      3. The Wisdom of God
      4. The Word of God
      5. The Love of God
      6. The Grace of God
      7. The Judgment of God
      8. The Wrath of God
      9. The Goodness and Severity of God
      10. The Jealousy of God
      11. The Adequacy of God
      12. The Content of the Gospel
      13. The Holy Spirit
      14. Jesus, God Incarnate
      15. Why Theology is Necessary
  2. Experiencing God: Written in 1994, Sold 4 Million Copies
    1. Seven Realities of Experiencing God: 
      1. God is always at work around you.
      2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
      3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
      4. God speaks [to you] by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
      5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
      6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
      7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you. (p.50)

Experiencing God teaches that God speaks directly to Christians in ways outside of the Bible. I think that is wrong and damaging to Christians who are honestly trying to honor God with their decisions. I pray that the Scriptures are your guide as you seek to obey and honor God, not some mystical, extra-biblical formula. 



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