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An Intimate Relationship With the Father

An Intimate Relationship With the Father

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Published by: Aldous Irving Jimenez-Echegoyen on Sep 21, 2012
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AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHERJohn 15:1-17Introduction: I met my wife when she was going up a stair at the building where my office was. She wasapplying for a job that time. When I was sitting down by my desk I said to myself,
“I need to
know her 
name” 
…so I did and that’s how it all started. After a while, I started feeling that this is the woman thatI’m going to marry. We have been going out for a while and I said I think I know her already enough to
decide to marry her. But that was not true because our first 2 years together was a disaster and therewere a lot of things we learned about each other that we never knew when we were dating. It took us a
very long time to really know each other…in fact, I
think I know her better now than bef 
ore…BUT ITTOOK US YEARS of fights and quarrels and reconciliation and forgiveness….yea
rs and years and years.After 11
years I’m still enjoying the benefits of knowing my wife better and intimately. We’re constantly
learning how to connect and communicate
deeply. I know her mind better now…I know her valuesnow…I know how she makes her decisions…the two of us share history…share laughter…share tears andhardships…share children…share life together. IN SHORT WE KNOW EACH OTHER…BUT IT TOOK US
YEARS AND YEARS OF BEING TOGETHER AND STAYING TOGETHER TO DO THAT.
Titus 1:16 “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, anddisobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (degenerate).”
 
Believing versus KnowingMany believers nowadays think that since they read their Bibles and go to church every Sunday thatthey already KNOW GOD. Unfortunately, BELIEF is not the same as a PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE of God. If I
ask you HOW MANY OF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD…everyone here would raise their hands.
 ILLUSTRATION: There is a big difference between knowing FACTS and knowing a PERSON. I could learnall kinds of facts about the President without really knowing him. If you were to ask me, "Do you know
the President?” I would have to reply, "I know about him, but I don’t know him."
 
James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble”
 
A PERSON CAN'T SAY THAT HE IS A TRUE CHRISTIAN AND DOESN'T HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPWITH GOD! Knowing facts about God is go
od and important but knowing God goes beyond this…
 Since time immemorial, God has always wanted to have a relationship with us:Genesis 3:8-
9 “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the
garden in the cool of day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord
God called to the man, WHERE ARE YOU?”
 Isaiah 65:1-
2 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek
for me. To a nation that did not call
on my name, I said, ‘Here I am, here I am’. All day long I have held
out my hands to an obstinate (stubborn) people, who walks in ways not good, pursuing their own
imaginations.”
 
Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the
death of his Son, much
more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
 
 
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes inHim will not perish but will have eternal life.”
 
…I COULD GO ON AND ON…ev
erywhere in the Bible you will see God trying to find a way to have arelationship with us!!
Illustration: Everybody knows me as Aldous…but you would know how close a person is to me and how
well they know me by how they call me. Most of those who knows m
e calls me by my first name…but I
have classmates in high-
school who calls me Irving (which is my second name)…I would know that thisperson knows me here in Manila because they would call me Al…in Cebu people call me Aldous. When
people call me Bro or brother Aldous, you will know that these are church members who knows
me…BUT THEN I would really know if they know me closely when they call me Dot. There is also onething that neither of you can call me which only my wife can use…that is BABES.
 
GOD DOESN’T
 
WANT US TO JUST KNOW HIM…HE WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE HIM….TO LIVE A LIFE WITHHIM…TO HAVE AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM…
 
HE WANTS THAT RELATIONSHIP SO MUCH THAT HE CHOSE TO BE A FATHER TO US…
 Gal 3:26-
27; 4:6 “For ye are all the children of God by fai
th in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as havebeen baptized into Christ have put on Christ. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of 
his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
 
EXPLAIN: Abba Father!There are a lot of ways and opportunities for you to have an intimate relationship with God:-
Pray everyday…talk with Him
 - Read His Words and learn more about Him (His commands, His will, His mind, His purpose, His desire,etc)- Talk to others about your experience with Him (Testimony)-
Attend Bible studies or devotionals (be encouraged by other’s stories and sharing)
 - ALWAYS be present in church for Sunday worship and be ready when Sunday even BEFORE Sundayarrives
Christianity is not all about doctrines and commands…I guess that
is what the Apostle Paul wanted to
point out in Galatians…Christianity is ALL ABOUT AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD…
 
In the end, knowing God is really what eternal life is all about: John 17:3 “THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL, that they
might know thee the only t
rue God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent”
 Closing: Based on surveys, most married couples who get separated have teenagers. They would haveproblems in the past but it is only when their kids reach their teenage life that the marriage reallycollapses. The reason for this is this: when they got married they spent all their time together until thebaby is born and they both have to work and take care of the baby at the same time, not to mention thechores they need to do at home. All attention goes to the baby until they find out that they are too farapart from each other and that they do not know each other anymore. When their child reachesteenage stage and their teenager starts to have their own set of friends and spend less time with theirparents, that is when the couples realize that they are too far apart.

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