Sermon Why Can’t I Have More Than One God? What Are My Best Options?

We ask questions to get answers, usually. Sometimes we ask questions to demonstrate what we know. When we ask questions of God to parade our sense of self-importance, the question boomerangs into a judgment upon ourselves.

During a pivotal period of Jesus’ ministry, he took the apostles to the northern sector of Israel. Near the border, Jesus stopped at Caesarea Philippi. Having taken them to the edge, where the familiar greets the unfamiliar, He asked them two questions — “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” And “But what about you, who do you say I am?” Then was the time and that was the place Jesus chose to call out the faith commitment of those who were ready to give it.

With mounting expectation, Jesus seemed to ask–“What about yourselves? You have been with me. You have heard my teachings; seen my miracles; slept beside me; walked with me; asked me questions; calmed your fears by my presence; been shocked, humbled, and bewildered by me. We have prayed and worshiped together. You need to know that you know who I am! So give me your best answer.”

The best of the rest in that moment was Peter. He spoke with a faith that he knew was true—“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

There, it was said. Peter was glad and proud that he could boldly speak what the others were thinking but were unable or unwilling to say. “You, Jesus,” Peter was saying, “are the anointed Messiah and you are doing this as the sign of God’s living presence–You are His Son.”

This Q & A session reveals that clarity about God clarifies everything else.

Pastor Les Hollon - June 12, 2016

Why Can’t I Have More Than One God? What Are My Best Options?

Exodus 20: 1-3; Matthew 16: 13-20

From Series: "Q & A With God: God's Answers to Our ?"

Your questions deserve answers. God works hard for you to know His answers. He is paying attention to you and our world. God listens to your questions because He loves you. As your pastor, I listen for the pressing questions of your life. The 2016 Summer's Sermon Series will connect our questions to God's answers. Along the way, we will discover afresh that the 10 COMMANDMENTS are life giving in their relevance. The answers for our 21st century questions are rooted in God and revealed in God's word. A good look at the 10 Commandments shows the spiritual and moral path by which we can see our way forward. Each of the Sunday morning messages will connect one or more of the questions we are asking to one of the Commandments. We will look at other passages as case studies that will help us apply His Word to our world. Who should I vote for? Why did she die? Why did he leave me? Should I take the job? Should I borrow the money? If I can get away with it, why not? Sexual orientation? What if I don't love him anymore? Why am I attracted to her? Divorce? How can I best know God? Abortion? War? The Border? Aren't we all going to the same place? Why do we suffer? What does God want me to do? Why don't my parents understand me? How do I focus in a multitasking world? But my head and heart want different things? These questions and more shape our conversation with God, each other, and within ourselves. I look forward to exploring these questions with you.

Exodus 20: 1-3     Matthew 16: 13-20

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