In our first week of Between the Trees we took a look into the foundational identity of God in Scripture: the God who creates. We started in Genesis 1-3 and ended in Galatians 3. The central idea was “God created access to the tree of life by hanging Jesus on a tree of death.”
In week 2, this coming Sunday at LifePoint, we’ll see another big picture revelation of God in Scripture: the God who pursues. There are a number of fallacies that float around about God within culture. One is “deism.” Deism is the belief in a God who created, yet who has no continuing involvement in or with His creation. I’ve heard the metaphor of a “God who wound the clock but then stepped away as His creation runs without His influence.”
Another equally false idea that is even perpetuated within the Christian world is a passive view of God. This idea frames God as the “big guy in the sky” who is passively waiting for humans to take Him or leave Him. There are even theological systems out there that paint God as passive in the salvation of His people. It is as if He sits back just waiting to see who will sign up. This isn’t a biblical view of God. God is a God who pursues. He’s a God who initiates. He is a God who is active, immanent, and intimately involved with His creation.
We’ll trace the God who pursues from Genesis 3 through Genesis 12, make a quick stop in Genesis 15, and then we’ll end once again in Galatians 3:1-16. The New Divide will be with us to lead our musical worship for the morning as well. Come out and worship with us, you’ll be glad you did.