Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
August 12, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Seeking to Know God
Description

Seeking to Know God
“ Canst thou by searching find out God…” ( Job 11:7 )

The human mind is devoid of knowledge at birth.
Assuming biological normality, it can soon commence the
lengthy and ongoing process of acquiring, processing, and
utilizing information. The process of acquiring knowledge
is called socialization, the vehicle is known as education,
and the utilization is labeled as processing.
In terms of knowledge classification, there are three
types: Religion, Philosophy, and Science. Each of these
categories has a testing or verification system. Religion
requires faith; philosophy utilizes logic, and Science
demands empiricism, or the scientific method.
While each of these disciplines has its domain,
Religion is the most difficult to comprehend, demonstrate,
and verify. Admittedly, some familiarity with each of these
areas is expected of the “well rounded” person, yet one of
them poses more difficulty in both processing and explaining

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its dimension than do the other two; that one is Religion.
Accordingly, the sermon for today has been planned to
address some parameters of Religion with the focus being
confined to Judeo Christianity  where God is the nexus.
It was, therefore, entitled Seeking to Know God.
The sermon is anchored by three objectives, namely: to
describe some difficulties in seeking to know God; to identify
means for getting to know God; and to benefits to be derived
from  seeking to know God.
Prior to an extrapolation on the three enumerated
dimensions of the sermon, brief attention will be devoted
to the word God. Numerous are the thoughts, assertions,
and controversies regarding the concept God. Likewise,
a plethora of Religions exist around the notion of God.
The concept God is abstract and, therefore, must be under
stood in terms of attributes instead of characteristics. Hence,
God is without human characteristics such as color, height, or
weight. This concept encompasses attributes that include:
all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, and eternal.
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Against this brief overview of God, attention will now be
focused on the earlier specified dimensions, the first of which
is – difficulty in seeking to know God. The task of getting to
know God, while easy when learned, is complicated by several
barriers. Since these hurdles are so pervasive and doeth so
easily beset us, some attention must be focused on them. First
there is the problem of being uninformed about the correct
procedures to follow. Questions surface that include: is fasting
a requirement, is revival the correct place for seeking God,
must a personal testimony be given upon finding God, will
life experiences always be blissful upon finding God, and
is sinful behavior a reality of the past upon finding God?
Next, there is the presence of “isms” . Atheism – a view
that teaches there is no God; scientism – the perspective that
requires laboratory proof even for the existence of God.
Materialism – the third ism, reduces life to worldly
gains while neglecting the reality of God in such
accomplishments, and – lastly – individualism – the belief that
the individual is a free agent to decide on its own destiny
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that may well exclude seeking to know God. While all of these
impediments are operative in blurring one’s vision of God,
there are – nonetheless – steps to rectify these problems.
Accordingly, the second dimension now comes onto the
scene which is – to identify procedures for getting to know
God. This process it not found in history, science, philosophy,
nor political science; it is, rather, found in the Holy Bible.
Contained therein are innumerable teachings for seeking God.
Just a few of them will now be delineated. There is first
the need to believe that the Bible is the recorded Word of
God written by holy men of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost ( 2nd Peter 1:21 ). Next that Holy Script asserts
that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
( Gen. 1:1 ). Thirdly, the Bible shows the love of God for
humankind though the gift of his Son. ( John 3:16 ). Fourthly,
the Bible sets forth personal salvation through the belief and
confession that God raised his Son ( Jesus ) from the dead.
( Ro. 10:9 ). Fifthly, the Bible specifies an indispensable
requirement for seeking God – “…for he that cometh to Godp. 5
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him”. ( Heb. 11:6 ) and, finally, the Bible
promises a crown of life for those have been faithful unto
death. ( Rev. 2:10 ).
While there are many other Scriptures that embody
teachings on seeking to know God. It is herein, concluded,
that cited are fully adequate for one to be successful in
seeking God. Hence, the sermon will now address the final
dimension which is – benefits to be derived from seeking God.
There is first an expansion in one knowledge base beyond the
worldly oriented type of information. As the biblical reading
becomes more systematic, there tends to follow an
internalization of new values such a honesty, forgiveness,
benevolence, and an identification with the spiritual source
that undergirds the hope of humanity. Within that spiritual
arena, one will recognize the reality of divine protection.
Additional benefits include recognizing and embracing the
salvation that Jesus wrought on Calvary and, finally, the
presence, guidance, and sealing of the Holy Spirit will forever
be manifested in the believer’s life. Amen.

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