At our church, the Austin Stone Community Church, we are going through Genesis. So far the messages have been convicting and edifying.

Today Matt preached on the bigness of God and the closeness of God. God is both the sovereign almighty God who created the universe and everything in it and the friend that sticks closer than a brother. Whenever we emphasize one of the aspects at the expense of the other, we are not worshipping God, we are worshipping an idol we have created.

Matt expressed his belief that most of the modern American Church overemphasizes the relational aspect of God.

A test of where you are on the spectrum is how you feel about II Samuel 6:1-9. If it makes you angry at God that He struck down Uzzah, then you don’t give enough weight to the all powerful holy and righteous side of God. If you wonder why God doesn’t strike us all down this very minute, then you aren’t fully trusting in God as the lover of your soul.

Well, are you worshipping God as He is or are you worshipping an idol of your own making?


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