In any place around the world, and at any time throughout history, we find that people have worked to explain, understand, and define God. The search for God seems to be an intricate part of our human nature, regardless of who we are or where we have come from.

But it’s clear that despite the universal search for understanding God, we all haven’t come to the same conclusions. Many world religions do share some common elements of beliefs, but we also differ greatly on many others. Some make the assumption that maybe we’re all really just talking about the same thing, just using different expressions. But that in itself is a statement about God, and immediately becomes just one more dissenting voice among the others that describe God in very specific ways. If we define the very nature and being of God in very different ways, then we really aren’t talking about the very same thing.

The different ideas and conclusions we form about God really require us to consider an important question: where do we get our information about God? Where do our stories of God come from? Some sources of information stand up to scrutiny better than others. Some ideas and opinions are more consistent with other accepted truths than are others. And this isn’t any different for christians.

Where do we get our understanding of God? The Christian believes that God has created us with the capacity to observe, reason, learn, and understand. But God does not leave us to our own ability to exercise logic and reason to understand Him. The full story about God has to come from God Himself; the “greater” revealing Himself to the “lesser.” And that is the story of Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we begin a new series of messages that focus on developing a foundational understanding of who Jesus is, what He has done, and what He means to our faith. “Foundations of Jesus” will bring us to see that God has chosen to explain Himself to us in a living, breathing, human form – one that we can understand, appreciate, and even follow. Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM as we begin this series by talking about the incredible story of the identity of Jesus.

Grace Received,

Joe Payne