Reviewing the Basics (1) God’s Message to the World

Read: Luke 24:44-53
Text: verses 45-48

One of the greatest problems in the church and in each of our lives is a failure to live with the reality of who God really is. Our thoughts of God are far too small. Because of that we shove him to the periphery of our lives. The basic truth that we need to constantly be relearning is that everything is about God and that God is overwhelming in his greatness and glory. Our wellbeing in life is tied to our knowledge of the glory of God. And the great and fearfully serious sin that condemns us all is not to give God his due in our thoughts and in our actions and in our words. The call to repentance is first and foremost a call to give God the rightful place in our lives and God’s rightful place in our lives is first place in our lives.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

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Sermon Series: Reviewing the Basics

Some Now, Then All

Read: Psalm 130

Who is this God? He’s not a God who’s soft on sin. Absolutely not! He will by no means clear the guilty, but he’s a God of grace! A God who loves to forgive, who delights in compassion, a God who will forgive iniquity, and transgression, and sin, however you’ve disobeyed and sinned against God. He’s willing to forgive!
— Rev. John van Eyk