10,000 Reasons // My Mind : What Do I Believe?
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (Mark 12:30 NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1, 2 NIV)
The better (more accurately) we know God through His Word, the more genuine our worship will be.
We can't do the will of God without knowing the Word of God which is the heart of God.
The moment we veer from the truth of who God is, we are participating in idolatry. There is no authentic worship of God without a right understanding of God (which is revealed to us through His Word.)
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9 NIV)
Theology – study of God
Doctrine – what is taught about God
1. We need to know what God says about God.
Think about how you view God.
- Is God the old wise man who is gentle and soft spoken?
- Is God the white-haired judge wearing a linen flowing robe with a booming voice and strength discipline?
- Or is God somewhere in between.
It is important that we have an accurate view of God.
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:22-24 NIV)
Truth is vital to our worship as a lifestyle.
2. We need to learn from others.
When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. (2 Timothy 4:13 NIV)
Did you see that? Paul, who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, asks his buddies to bring him his “books”. He wanted to learn more..study more..
If Paul found it beneficial to keep learning from other sources, so shoud we.
When you love something, you'll learn it..study it..even memorize it.
If we refuse to study and learn..then what we're saying is, “we want a different God, a designer God, a God we have fashioned based on the parts we like about Him.”
Studying this stuff shouldn't be so hard. (Of course it's hard. Anything worth knowing and learning is going to take effort. But it's worth it.)
Theology and doctrine cause division. (Theology can draw us together with a common belief system. Usually it is the personalities that teach doctrine that can cause division.)
Knowing Him more will help me love Him more.
Possible action steps:
1. Begin the daily reading plan (download the three year plan here
). Or if you're new to the Bible,or reading the Bible, you might want to start here
2. Click the link to sign up for a Summer Growth Group
or discipleship group (iron/iron, accountability)