1. The simplicity of God [Sermon 8-2-20]

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    August 3, 2020 by jmar198013

    Why is God not like humans, not like a cup of coffee, and not like a pie? But how is God like light shining through stained glass? This message will be answering that riddle–and probably other questions you never knew you needed to ask about God.

  2. Impassibility: The emotional life of God [sermon 7-26-2020]

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    July 27, 2020 by jmar198013

    My message at Central Church of Christ in Stockton, CA for July 26th, 2020. Video link is below, sermon notes …
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  3. Immutability, part 2: The word of God endures forever [sermon 7-19-20]

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    July 20, 2020 by jmar198013

    In a world where everything is constantly changing, we need a permanent refuge that’s reliable and consistent. God fulfills that need perfectly, because he is immutable. That means he never changes. In this second part of our study of God’s immutability, we learn that he is unchangeable in his decrees. That means his truth and his purposes are unchangeable.

  4. Immutability, part 1: Glory, glue, and thread [sermon 7-12-20]

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    July 14, 2020 by jmar198013

    In a world where everything is constantly in motion, becoming, changing for better or worse–we need a permanent refuge that’s reliable and consistent. God fulfills that need perfectly, because he is immutable. That means he never changes. He is eternally the same in his character, his will, and his perfections. God doesn’t shift like the shadows, and Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

  5. God doesn’t need you … and that’s good news! (Aseity) [sermon 7-5-2020]

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    July 7, 2020 by jmar198013

    Our God is not a needy God. He is eternally self-existent and self-sufficient. Humans do not fulfill anything missing in God’s life, because he has no needs. This divine attribute (you’ll find out what it’s called when you tune in for the message) means that God doesn’t need us. Most of the time, being told you are not needed is incredibly painful. But when it comes to God, it’s actually very good news.

  6. Eternity, part 2 [sermon 6-28-20]

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    June 30, 2020 by jmar198013

    Of all God’s attributes, eternity is perhaps the most glorious jewel in his crown. This is the second of two messages focused on eternity. This week we will learn some very practical ways that knowing God as the Eternal One is essential to the Christian life.

  7. Eternity, part 1 [sermon 6-21-2020]

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    June 23, 2020 by jmar198013

    Of all God’s attributes, eternity is perhaps the most glorious jewel in his crown. Because without eternity, all of his other perfections will eventually fade. But we humans are time-bound, so we have no frame of reference for eternity. In part 1 of a two-week study of the eternity of God, we’ll discover that the closest humans can come to grasping eternity is knowing what it is not. An eternal God is timeless, immeasurable, uncreated, and unchanging. Only such a God can completely save us, because only an eternal God can clothe us in immortality and grant us eternal life.

  8. Infinity: God without limits (sermon 6-14-20]

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    June 16, 2020 by jmar198013

    Often, when we say God is infinite, we imagine that infinity is a matter of size: God is infinite because he is so vast. But it’s not just that God is greater in size–God is infinite in his essence. That means his love is perfect–it never runs out. He is perfect in all his ways. It also means that God totally transcends time and distance. God is an endless ocean of perfection. And we need a God like that to save us.

  9. The Name of God [sermon 6-7-2020]

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    June 9, 2020 by jmar198013

    Psalm 20:7 says: “Some trust in horses, and some in chariots, but we remember the name of the LORD our God.” Most Christians aren’t aware that God’s Name is one of his attributes. In fact, God’s Name is the attribute that unlocks all his other attributes for us.

  10. Describing the indescribable: how do we think and speak about an incomprehensible God? [sermon 5-31-2020]

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    June 2, 2020 by jmar198013

    How do we think and speak about a God who is incomprehensible? C.S. Lewis said that “all language about things other than physical objects is necessarily metaphorical.” God is not a physical object: God is spirit (John 4:24). This means that anything we can think or say about God–even the words and images scripture uses to describe God–is always an analogy, a metaphor, or a simile. We can know, think, and say true things about God, but those truths are also partial and limited. This means we must think and speak about God with great humility.

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