The Ways God Reveals Himself

Today, our church will begin using The Gospel Project, a new curriculum for Bible study small groups produced by Lifeway and edited by Trevin Wax.  It’s a “theologically driven curriculum that is biblical and accessible.”  The inaugural unit focuses on “The God Who Speaks.”

In our worship at 3BC this morning, we’ll attempt to complement the curriculum and focus on the ways God reveals himself to us.   There are two ways:

General Revelation

This refers to that which comes to all people everywhere.  An example would be creation.  The Apostle Paul states in Romans 1:20,

For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.

We’ll sing “Be Unto Your Name”, which speaks to the holiness of God .  And, we’ll follow that with the well-known hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”  The 2nd verse states,

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Finally, we’ll proclaim the Gospel story together in the song “God Over All” – he is the “giver of life and health and breath.”

Special Revelation

God reveals himself specifically in the Scriptures, and especially in Christ come to earth.  In The Gospel of John, we read an example of God revealing himself to us.

In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men…Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness, for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God.  The One and Only Son—the One who is at the Father’s side—He has revealed Him.

We’ll sing songs that proclaim Christ’s death on the cross for us, and celebrate that we have been saved.

“Worthy is the Lamb” and the well-known hymn “Near the Cross” will help us do that.  And as the song “To the Cross” says, we can go no where else but to the cross.

Where can I go
But to the cross to the cross
For there my shame
You have washed away

Where can I go
But to the cross to the cross
For there You gave
Up Your life for me
You gave Your life for me

You stretched Your arms out wide
I lift my hands up high to my Savior
You stretched Your arms out wide
I lift my hands up high to my Savior

So Lord I run
To the cross to the cross
Surrender all to my Savior King
Be my everything

Chains are broken
Shame has fallen
All my sins are gone


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2 responses to “The Ways God Reveals Himself

  1. Dave Hubbard

    Mark, Thank you for the reverence , thought and prayer you must give to planning the music for worship. I also appreciate the explanations that you provide each Sunday in your blog.

    On another note(get it???) you know I was just being “dramatic” about synchronized swimming. I am afraid you may have thought I was offended. I wasn’t but everything I wrote is true. I realize I certainly don’t look like a swimmer anymore. Maybe I was oxygen deprived as I held my breath too long as I stood on my head and tried to keep my legs out of the water. Jan J

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