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Outgoing Session 3 – The Surprising God

Outgoing Session 3 – 22 September 2011

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The Surprising God

The Question is always Which God?

It’s not about Theism versus Atheism

It's a god eat god world out there and it's every god for himself!

Everyone believes.  Everyone has a god.

We proclaim Jesus – the Surprising God.


Jesus is God-Sized.  And God is Jesus-Shaped.


Matthew 11:25-30

Only through Jesus are we let into the Family Secret


Without Jesus are there other ways of knowing God?

Let’s examine: Reason, Religion, Old Testament and Creation.


Alternative Paths to God?


Proverbs 3:5-7
Romans 8:7
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
2 Corinthians 4:4
Colossians 1:21
Colossians 2:8


The god of philosophy looks nothing like the God of the Cross!



Numbers 33:50-53; Deut 7:1-6; 12:1-3; 29:16-18; 32:15-21; Psalm 96:4-5; 106:35-40; Isaiah 41:21-24; 44:6-26; Jeremiah 16:19-21; Romans 1:23-25; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; 10:20.


The gods of the religions look nothing like the God of the Cross!

Old Testament

John 1:1
John 1:18
John 8:56-58
John 12:38-41
John 5:37-46


Jesus has always been the Way to God

Abraham, Moses and Isaiah trusted Christ.

Jesus simply is the Lord God of Israel.



Psalm 19
Romans 1:16-20
Colossians 1:23
John 12:23-24


Jesus is Lord – Creation’s Voice Proclaims It!

The creation reveals a very great deal about God

It does so by revealing Christ!

But unless our eyes are opened through the Spirit and His Word we will miss it.


Jesus really is the One Image of God!

He should be the One Subject of our conversation.


Common Objection: Isn’t it a bit narrow to say that Jesus is the only way?


Recommended Reading:

John 13-17

How are the three Persons of the Trinity described?
How do they relate to each other?


Next Week: The Triune God

The Trinity is not a problem in evangelism.  It’s the solution!

0 thoughts on “Outgoing Session 3 – The Surprising God

  1. theoldadam

    "Common Objection: Isn’t it a bit narrow to say that Jesus is the only way?"

    There it is. The great stumbling block.

    I guess we'll have to take that up with Jesus, our Judge and Savior.

  2. Glen

    Sorry! The recorder ran out of memory about 10 minutes in. And the contributions from the class were brilliant too. Just flick through the powerpoint, you'll get the idea ;-)

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  4. The Other Weirdo

    Abraham, Moses and Isaiah trusted Christ.

    Jesus simply is the Lord God of Israel.

    Now you're just making stuff, making theological decisions for people that really are none of your business. When you can show from the OT that Abraham, Moses and Isaiah knew, let alone trusted, Christ, we can talk. Until then, I would take it as a great kindness if you would not use these kinds of tactics.

  5. Tim Vasby-Burnie

    Hi 'The Other Weirdo'. Sounds like you're doing a hit and run post. Anyone who has been on this site more than a few minutes would know that one of the MAJOR discussion points is precisely to show, from the OT, that Abraham, Moses and Isaiah knew, met and trusted Christ.

    If you need a heard-start, try Genesis 18, Exodus 3 and Isaiah 6.

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