For the love
The love you have for someone changes with how well you know them. We can “love” a chef, an artist or a world leader because of what they provide or what they represent for us. You don’t have to know them to love like that. However, you can’t say you “love” your friends or family and have no interest in knowing them. In this series, we want to get to know God better. Who is He? What’s He really like? Maybe, the more we know Him—not just what He provides or what He represents for us—maybe, the more we get to actually know Him, the bigger impact He will have in our lives.
If there really is a God, do you think you can know Him, like you know your friends or know your kids? If you can know God like that in some way, do you think you’d be surprised by what you find out? What’s He really like? What does He care about? What does He wants for you? In this first teaching of our new growth series, we consider the first—and maybe most important quality God wants you to know about Him.
Most humans—maybe every human—has wondered the same thing at some point in their lives. Am I here for a reason? Is there a purpose to my life? If there’s a God, does He have some plan, some calling, some directive I’m supposed to be doing right now. Does this school get me there? Does this relationship get me there? Does this job get me there? We want to know our purpose because we want to live passionately—not second-guessing and double-checking all the time. In this talk, Joseph draw our attention to the plan God has for you. And it’s BIG.
So, how does one "get to know" a God? It's easier with people Go grab coffee. Shop. Workout together. Take a road trip. God's different. God seems silent and invisible. So how do you relationally connect with that? In our third installment of the Big God series, we reveal a very big way God regularly gets up close and personal.
Fear dominates our world. Everywhere you look, there’s something to be scared about. Time will run out, the money’s going to run out, she’s going to run out. And, just when you think you’re safe, along come your goals in life and the fear of never achieving them or not having what it takes. During this talk, Joseph explains the only way to take great, big fear out of the driver’s seat getting to know the greater, bigger power of God.
If God is love, somebody should tell some of his people. In the name of God, people have committed some pretty unloving acts. People are ignored, ridiculed, controlled—even threatened sometimes—in the name of this God of “love”. So, is there somewhere else we can look to get an idea of what God’s love really looks like? How far does it go? What does it really matter in my every day?
For the final installment of the series, we look at an character quality of God that, at first, seems exciting. But for many, this one quality quickly becomes controversial and challenging. If this one thing is true of God, then it means something BIG about ourselves—something we might not want to admit. However, if we can just come to terms with this last, BIG idea, we will be more ourselves and more free than ever before.