Date: April 7, 2002

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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The God Who Came Near

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Sometimes we say we believe in the God of the Bible, but then we actually live our daily lives with a very different image of Him. What is He really like?
Old Testament          God is...          us.

“Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.” (Psalm 56:9)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

New Testament—Gospels          God is...          us.

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” —which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
“Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.” (John 6:3)
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

New Testament—Epistles          God is...          us.

“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20)
“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Tim. 1:13)
“And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 4:12)

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