Jun. 3 - Brad Arnold, I AM
On Sunday, we got to hear another amazing sermon from our favorite analytical-minded, Jesus-loving, converted atheist, Brad Arnold. He started out with a passage from Exodus to help us understand that our God is a personal God; not a “what,” but a “who.”
Exodus 3:13-14: Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
During Jesus’s time on earth, we were able to witness what God’s personality truly looked like through the accounts of how Jesus behaved and responded in all situations. Brad quoted pastor S.M. Lockeridge’s “That’s My King” to explain some of what is encapsulated in “I am.”
My King is the only one of whom there are no means of measure that can define …He's enduringly strong. He's entirely sincere. He's eternally steadfast. He's immortally graceful. He's imperially powerful. He's impartially merciful. That's my King.
He's the only one able to supply all our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He's available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He's the Almighty God who guides and keeps all his people. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharged debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. That's my King.
This is just a tip of the iceberg of who God is and what he can do, but it helps us to see that the small phrase, “I am,” means so much. But we need to understand that knowing of Him is not the same as knowing Him. Dive into the scripture and engage in deep, meaningful conversations with your creator. Get to know who He is personally.
The more you know Him, the more you will see that if this is the personality of the God that is with us at all times, shouldn’t we do everything we can to live out his personality too? In Brad’s words, “If ‘I am’ is riding shotgun in our lives, take him on a ride of good.”
To hear Brad's entire sermon, click here. Thanks Brad! It’s great to have you up on stage again!