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Lent Course – Session 2: The Christ-like God

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We become like what we worship (Psalm 115:8)

The trouble is, our minds are endless factories of idols (John Calvin)

Understanding the living God is the very stuff of life (John 17:3; 2 Peter 1:2-3)

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Everyone has a god – we all look to sources of meaning / protection / satisfaction

The question is not: Do you believe in God? The question is: "Which God do you believe in?"

It’s a god eat god world out there and it’s every god for himself!

 

So which God do we believe in?  That’s our topic for tonight...

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THOUGHT EXPERIMENT:

When you imagine God what do you picture?

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When you imagine Jesus, what do you picture?

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When God imagines you, what does He picture?

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Colossians 1:15-23

When you imagine God what do you picture?

Verse 15 – He’s invisible.

Verse 21 – We’ve been alienated

But He does have an Image!

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We think “God” is obvious, we’re uncertain of Jesus.

In the Bible it’s the other way around: God is unknown unless Jesus reveals Him.

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Tom Torrance: The biggest question soldiers asked: “Is God really like Jesus?

Lord Byron: “If God isn’t like Jesus, He ought to be.”

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When you imagine Jesus, what do you picture?

 Verses 15-20 – the Cosmic Christ!

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Sometimes people think of Christ alone as narrow, is it narrow?

It’s only as narrow as Christ is.  And He is vast!

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When God imagines you, what does He picture?

We imagine a dimmer switch. Actually it’s on or off...

OFF: v21 – alienated, enemy, evil

ON: v22 – holy, without blemish, free from accusation.

Verse 23: Keep returning to verse 22!!

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SUMMARY:  Jesus is God-sized.  God is Jesus-shaped.  Every day we need to re-imagine God according to His true Image: Jesus!  When we see who He is, then we understand our true position, loved by God, clothed in Christ, filled by His Spirit.

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