The God Who Is There

I recently spoke at my church on the next in my series on Elijah. This time Elijah is facing the prophets of Baal, King Ahab and the people of Israel at the top of Mount Carmel. Its a classic passage from Israel’s history and I focussed on 1) A guilty silence (ie the people who refused to respond to Eljah’s challenge for faithfulness), 2) An impotent enemy (the prophets of Baal who couldn’t get their God to show up) and finally 3) The testifying God. On this final point I spoke about how God used the method of fire from heaven to testify to his presence throughout Israel’s history, but challenged us to whether we allowed God to change his methods? I gave a brief apologetic to explain how the UK has no place for supernatural events and why believing in miracles such as these is so hard for people today. I explained how Francis Schaeffer sought to understand and explain these changes back in 1968 in his book The God Who Is There, and what that means for us today. I finished by looking at 1 Timothy 2.5+6 as Jesus is presented here as God’s final testimony – better than fire from heaven, for as God’s character is revealed so his testimony is refined. The sermon is available here as a download, or online here, and slides here.

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One response to “The God Who Is There

  1. Hi Martyn – it’s great that your church makes such resources available but I am afraid I could not listen to it – just too long and I am listening to the Radio 3 Sunday afternoon service which is always beautiful so your voice was in the way – authoritative as it sounded – sorry! If it’s any consolation I rarely listen or watch clips – text is faster and my preferred medium. I look forward to your talk on religion being an accident of birth location – not logical or reasonable but just a parent child thing like brushing your hair. Gordon

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