Over the past few months, we’ve spent a lot of time exploring God’s character. We’ve talked about God’s goodness – that he is wise, holy, just and love. We’ve also seen his greatness as we’ve described his sovereignty in terms of his eternal, all knowing, unconquerable, unchanging nature
The discussion may have felt a little academic and technical at times as we’ve laid the groundwork of what we believe about who God is. However, on this site, we keep coming back to the point that what we believe affects how we live. We’ve said that we can choose either to believer truth or lies about God.
That’s why the two specific examples we looked at apologetically are important. Most of our readers are probably not atheists by conviction or signed up to an obscure theological theory like Open Theism.
However, it is very easy to become practical atheists and practical open theists by living a life that suggests that God is not great and God is not good. We do this when we push God to the boundaries and margins of our lives and society. We do this when we fail to exercise faith in God’s goodness and do not trust him to act and answer prayer. We do this when we fail to give him the worship and honour he deserves.
If God is good and great, it will affect:
1. Worship – how do we approach this? (thinking both about worship as how we live the whole of our lives and corporate worship as we gather to sing praise, pray and read Scripture together.)
2. Prayer life – is this a constant and natural part of my life reflecting true intimacy with God?
3. Guidance – how do I go about making decisions? Does this betray a secular or superstitious approach?
4. Pastoral care – how do I approach big questions like suffering?
5. Apologetics & evangelism – how and why do I bother to share my faith with others?
Let’s start to have a look at a few of these (watch out for articles about worship, prayer and spiritual warfare over the next few weeks)