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  • 1. The Importance of Knowing the True God Copyright Norman L. Geisler 2006

2. Knowledge of the Holy

  • A. W. Tozer said, What you think of God is the mostimportant thing about you ( p. 1).

3. Why We Should Know God

  • I.The most important thing about usis what we think of God.

4. Why We Should Know God

  • I.The most important thing about usis what we think of God.Why?

5. Why We Should Know God

  • I.The most important thing about usis what we think of God.Why?
    • A.Because ideas have consequences.

6. Why We Should Know God

  • I.The most important thing about usis what we think of God.Why?
    • A.Because ideas have consequences.
    • B.God is our biggest idea.

7. Why We Should Know God

  • I.The most important thing about usis what we think of God.Why?
    • A.Because ideas have consequences.
    • B.God is our biggest idea.
    • C.Hence, our idea of God has the biggestconsequences.

8. Why We Should Know God

  • II.We cant be like God unless weknow what God is like.

9. Why We Should Know God

  • II.We cant be like God unless weknow what God is like.
    • A.We should be like God.

10. Why We Should Know God

  • II.We cant be like God unless weknow what God is like.
    • A.We should be like God.
      • 1. You shall be holy, for I the Lord yourGod am holy (Lev.19:2).

11. Why We Should Know God

  • II.We cant be like God unless weknow what God is like.
    • A.We should be like God.
      • 1.You shall be holy, for I the Lord yourGod am holy (Lev.19:2).
      • 2.You shall be perfect as I am perfect
      • (Mt. 5:48).

12. Why We Should Know God

  • II.We cant be like God unless weknow what God is like.
    • A.We should be like God.
      • 1.You shall be holy, for I the Lord yourGod am holy (Lev.19:2).
      • 2.You shall be perfect as I am perfect
      • (Mt. 5:48).
    • B.But we can not be God-like unless
    • we know what God is like.

13. Why We Should Know God

  • III.We cant know the true God unlesswe know the truth about God.

14. Why We Should Know God

  • John 4:24: Jesus said,God is spirit and they who worship Him must worship Him in spirit andin truth
  • We cannot honor God by saying false things about Him.
  • True worship involves affirming truth about God--things worthy of Him.
  • True worship is worth-ship.
  • Rev. 4:11:You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you have created all things.

15. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.

16. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.
    • A.We cannot recognize a counterfeitunless we know the genuine.

17. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.
    • A.We cannot recognize a counterfeitunless we know the genuine.
    • B.We cannot know what is not-trueunless we know what is true.

18. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.
    • A.We cannot recognize a counterfeitunless we know the genuine.
    • B.We cannot know what is not-trueunless we know what is true. E.g.,
    • God ispersonal --not a Force

19. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.
    • A.We cannot recognize a counterfeitunless we know the genuine.
    • B.We cannot know what is not-trueunless we know what is true.
    • God ispersonal --not a Force
    • God isinfinite --not finite

20. Why We Should Know God

  • IV.We cant recognize false godsunless we know the true God.
    • A.We cannot recognize a counterfeitunless we know the genuine.
    • B.We cannot know what is not-trueunless we know what is true.
    • God ispersonal --not a Force
    • God isinfinite --not finite
    • God isall-knowing --not limited in knowing

21. Recognizing a False God

  • Rabi Kushner said:
  • There are some things God does not control.
  • And we need to forgive Godfor not making a better world (When Bad Things Happen to Good People , 45, 147).

22. Recognizing a False God

  • Stars Wars:
  • TheForce is everywhere.
  • May theForcebe with you.
  • Prepare to meet theForce.

23. Knowing a False View of God

  • Gods Word has errors(50)
  • God doesnt know all(138)
  • God has a body ( 33-34)
  • God changes ( 143)
  • (The Most Moved Mover)

Clark Pinnock 24. Why We Should Know God

  • V. Idols are idols whether they aremental or metal.

25. Why We Should Know God

  • V. Idols are idols whether they aremental or metal.
    • A.An Idol is any object of worship otherthan the true God (2Cor. 10:5).

26. Why We Should Know God

  • V. Idols are idols whether they aremental or metal.
    • A.An Idol is any object of worship otherthan the true God (2Cor. 10:5).
    • B.The only way to avoid idolatry is toknow and live the the truth aboutGod.

27. Why We Should Know God

  • V. Idols are idols whether they aremental or metal.
    • A.An Idol is any object of worship otherthan the true God (2Cor. 10:5).
    • B.The only way to avoid idolatry is toknow and live the the truth aboutGod.
    • You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above ; you shall notbow down before them nor serve them (Ex. 20:4).

28. Why We Should Know God

  • VI.We tend to become like the objectwe worship.

29. Why We Should Know God

  • VI.We tend to become like the objectwe worship.
    • A.We tend to imitate our models.

30. Why We Should Know God

  • VI.We tend to become like the objectwe worship.
    • A.We tend to imitate our models.
    • B.God is our highest Model.

31. Why We Should Know God

  • VI.We tend to become like the objectwe worship.
    • A.We tend to imitate our models.
    • B.God is our highest Model.
    • C.So, what we think about Him is ofhighest importance.

32. Why We Should Know God

  • VII.We cannot know ourselves trulyunless we know our God truly.

33. Why We Should Know God

  • VII.We cannot know ourselves trulyunless we know our God truly.
    • A.The best way to know humans made in Godsimage is to know God in whose image they aremade.

34. Why We Should Know God

  • VII.We cannot know ourselves trulyunless we know our God truly.
    • A.The best way to know humans made in Godsimage is to know God in whose image they aremade.
    • B.The best way to understand a copy is tostudy the original.

35. Why We Should Know God

  • VII.We cannot know ourselves trulyunless we know our God truly.
    • A.The best way to know humans made in Godsimage is to know God in whose image they aremade.
    • B.The best way to understand a copy is tostudy the original.
    • C.The Greeks said Know yourself.
    • The Bible Says, Know your God.

36. Why We Should Know God

  • VII.We cannot know ourselves trulyunless we know our God truly.
    • A.The best way to know humans made in Godsimage is to know God in whose image they aremade.
    • B.The best way to understand a copy is tostudy the original.
    • C.The Greeks said Know yourself.