There are people on our hearts who do not know You. B. Then He went on to explain, “This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations” (v. 15). “The Lord”—‘YHWH’—is not a label. I am the God who has a plan.” This God is more reliable than your car, more loyal than your dog, and knows more than your phone. Maybe you’ve even had this experience at this church as lots of new people have come over the years. Our value as a person is an intrinsic value – it is inherent in what we are. 1 Corinthians 2:2, "I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." d. God cares equally and deeply about every detail of every person He has ever created! First, Exodus 3:14a: “God said to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am.’” He did not say that was his name. Who is God? I daresay there are no more important questions for you to consider this afternoon. I’m not saying that. And after those forty years, he’s on the far side of a mountain in Midian—where one day, he sees a bush on fire that’s not consumed. “I am who I am” means: “I am the God who sees and hears, who knows and remembers, who cares and loves. She was well dressed. - The person was threatening someone. You have nothing more important to figure out than that. Moses thought, “Not only am I going to set this man free, but I’m going to set all the people free. While I was working on this sermon on Friday afternoon, I pulled up my phone and checked Twitter, that great repository of wisdom and knowledge. He all over for his sister, Cynthia. You exist. Sermons "Don't You Know Who I Am? You see those things standing in parallel? You’re a voice. In the four Gospels Jesus’ unique authority and identity as the Son of God are expressed in sayings which begin with the words ‘I am’ (Greek, ego eimi), a … You need My presence more than you need a name. I Know Who I Am. The latter is a matrix that God created within eternity; however, He is not subject to it. I’m not saying that I’m going to. What sort of God is this who speaks out of the bush and yet it is not consumed? Let’s skip over to chapter 15, where we get the song of victory: ‘Yay, we made it out of Egypt.’”, But that’s hardly all that God is up to. 1. This is who I am, you know me. In the very familiar story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, Jesus made a very interesting statement when He said that, having wasted his inheritance, the young man “came to himself” (Luke 15:17) and decided to go back home. But here is another amazing thing: although each person has equal worth as a person, each person is uniquely significant! Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Even before the creation, there was God—not just a nothingness, an explosion, or a random series of events. Once there was a man who got into all sorts of fights with the religious leaders of his day. ‘I am who I am.’ I’ll be with you.”, It’s not just a relational statement. “I AM WHO I AM” (EXODUS 3: 14) THE BIBLE READING: EXODUS 3: 1-15. Home. Do you want a He, Him, Her, or It? They came up with ‘Yahweh’—or, if you use the other transliteration, ‘Jehovah’. This is the same verb that I mentioned earlier: “ehyeh aser ehyeh.” “I am who I am.” That ‘ehyeh’ comes from ‘hayah.’ So does ‘YHWH,’ meaning, “to be”. It’s written down in John 8 in Greek. Eventually, the leaders told this man, “Look, we know what’s going on. I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18). You also have to remember there were a lot of gods, so called, in this world. So, in the Hebrew, there were no vowels. c. The difference between us and the animals is not merely quantitative – it is qualitative. 2) The difference between a human being and other beings in the world is vitally important. Who is God? It goes back to what I said earlier: the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures—the Bible that the early church would have had—translates the name most often as ‘kurios’, which is Greek for ‘Lord’. I am a child of God. Ministries . F. Schaefer. I’m going to need a name. Who Am I? This is when things got real tense. Home; Sermons; I Know Who I Am; I Know Who I Am. "I am blessed. Father in Heaven, our simple prayer and earnest plea is that You would make Yourself known. ‘Hayah,’ means “to be”. All Rights Reserved. Hard worker as he is a great helper. 3) We never seem to be satisfied with what God has given us as individuals – and we waste a great deal of time wishing for someone else’s unique combination of qualities – 1 Corinthians 12:15-18. b. God, I’m going to need a name.” God gives a threefold reply. I am not a tribal deity. When I am resting or when I am acting, you know me. Your teenage son is a genius! You could also argue that the whole Bible is written to answer that question. Our passions come and go – and often are misguided. Sermon on the Bride of Christ - The Church - The Beautiful Bride of Christ. I’m going to need some credentials with me.”. In Christ, I am Loved (Colossians 3:12) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” — Colossians 3:12 . The name of YHWH was known in Genesis. I am a terrible mother". I am complete in Him Who is the head over all rule and authority—of every angelic and earthly power (Colossians 2:10). For forty years, she raised Moses as a kind of prince in the household of Egypt’s king. You’re really special.” No, He says, “Okay, I love you. a) Genesis 9:5-6 b) This, incidentally, is why abortion is so wrong – it is the illicit taking of human life. You want multiple? I have been your God. In the very familiar story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, Jesus made a very interesting statement when He said that, having wasted his inheritance, the young man “came to himself” (Luke 15:17) and decided to go back home. If we are to have any hope of a quality relationship with God – and hence a quality life – we are going to have to answer the question “Who am I?” in a way that is true to reality. Sermons, commentary on current events, and devotional thoughts from an evangelical Wesleyan perspective. Do you need Him to give you some good stuff? D. If we are serious about the question of who we really are, the place to begin is the beginning: we must come to grips with the fact that we are nothing less than God-created beings, made in His own image! I am far from oppression, and will not live in fear (Isaiah 54:14). I am one of God's living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. Sometimes my wife and I will be at home, and I’ll say, “Okay, I was talking to someone. When last we were together, God had revealed Himself in this manifestation of the burning bush to Moses, and had announced to him His intentions to make him His spokesman to … The people of Israel made their way down to Egypt—the only land smart enough to set aside grain during the years of plenty, because Joseph, sold by his brothers into slavery, had gone there, and wound up in charge of the whole country. A dollar bill and a silver dollar are worth exactly the same value – yet they are not the same thing. Grayson Baptist Church - Jan. 19, 2014. I AM’S OF CHRIST! Haven't listened to any sermons yet on here or read much, but I plan to. We have been given the “ability to respond” – we are accountable for how we respond to God. I’m telling you who is sending you. When you pray, is this the God to whom you’re praying? “Mom and Dad, it’s right here on CNN!” Even when the news pretends to give us the really important things, it’s not likely to lead you to ask the most important questions. But this is who I am. God is whatever you imagine Him to be. Sermon index. Think about all the different cultural pressures squeezing the church: there are issues with marriage, sexuality, religious freedom, and religious liberty. Sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter, featuring important URC announcements and events. Knowing Who I Am in Christ: Before You Start Confessing. 1) God’s love for who I am as His created child can be counted on. Media . RSVP to attend in-person here, © 1966-2020 University Reformed Church. I know you’ve failed before. Sermon. How would you respond if someone asked you who you are? This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. - [email protected] - SitemapWebsite by LimeCuda - Admin. He’s the “I am”—YHWH—Jehovah—the Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I am unattractive. Maybe some of them had heard of a story about this character named Moses: “Remember this guy, Moses? And you’ve got a nice robe and staff, and you saved the people—and the ark and the basket in the Nile. SERMON: BUT, WHO DO YOU SAY I AM? A sermon based on Mat.16:13-20 by Rev. “Who should I say has sent me?” God says, “I am who I am.” We imagine God to be saying, “I am whoever you want Me to be.” That’s the God of our day and age—not a God who is, but a God who morphs, changes, and transforms into whatever you think Him to be. The four pillars of self-esteem. I am with you.”, I used to think that that was kind of a lame prayer. Who are you? 6:19-20) I am a saint (set apart for God). That is not the air that our culture breathes. Do you ever suffer from an identity crisis? Whatever.” They don’t have an idea. I am not unconcerned. You are awesome.” We want a God that will turn things around and say, “Moses, Moses, enough about Me. They will force you to deal you in trivialities, not in transcendence. I know you’re fearful. This is Peter, the rock, and a … We could say, “Alright. I am not going to fail. 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you. '” 3:15 God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations. You see this in the very first verse of the Bible: “beresit bara elohim…”. He’s a God who wants to be known. 2. It may be you would answer with pride, "I am an American," or "I am Mexican," or "I am Rumanian." To summarize our Scripture reading in a nutshell: the disciples report to Jesus what people are saying about him, and Jesus asks them: "well, who do YOU say I am? That’s Me. I’d hear people pray, “Oh Lord, would You just be with them? There is a philosophical, theological component too. Do you recognize me? Acts 9:1-9. The latter is a matrix that God created within eternity; however, He is not subject to it. You know my uncertainties, you know my weaknesses, you know where I hurt, you know where I am troubled, and where I struggle. He is absolutely independent from anyone or anything. The Washington Post headline: “Nicki Minaj and the Five Reasons Celebrities Shut Down Interviews.” I thought about googling “Nicki Minaj” and finding out who she…but I figured that wasn’t worth it. INTRODUCTION: A. 2) Significance: the confidence that we matter, that what we do counts for something good, that our lives are being spent in truly worthwhile endeavors. Look at You. Who is God? It’s more than a lack of confidence. They’re all trying to make sense of this divine name. I am not one of the Canaanite gods. Introduction Several years ago, a student in seminary class stood to his feet and announced to the professor, "I don't believe in God!" Those are the very questions that Moses wanted answered. Raising Parents [Part 4] Sermon. If you start with that, you may still not be a Christian, but you are at least on your way to thinking like one. All I can make are C's," to, "I'm an A student. Some of us may not have an idea. It’s the same verb: verse 12 says “I will be”, and verse 14 says “I am.” He’s giving the same response. What a beautiful way to think of yourself. We know that. Psalm 90: God, speaking from the burning bush, says to Moses, “You want to know who I am? “1 In the beginning, God…” He is before all things, and upon Him all things depend. Moses wants to talk about “How can I go to Egypt? Moses is going back. The verb itself, ‘ehyeh,’ is from the verb ‘hayah,’ which means “to be”. It is difficult to overestimate how powerfully we are affected by the way we think about ourselves: our self-concept, our sense of personal identity. I am valuable. Accepted; Valuable; Loved; Forgiven; Capable What is His name? (John 1:12) I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life. Psalm 8: Who am I? SERMON POINTS The name, “I am who I am… Short or tall? It seemed to me therefore that the Lord would strengthen our confidence in him for the future of our life together if I could help you know the name of God better. I’m with you. 6:17) I am bought with a price(1 Cor. That you may know that I am the Lord Exodus 6:28-10:29 25 February 2007 Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead Morning service [Readings are Exodus 6:28-7:7 and 9:13-10:2] If you have a Bible, please keep it handy, because we'll need them later. But here’s the connection I want to make sure you understand this morning: the definite link between “I am” and ‘YHWH’. Psalm 9:10 says that people who know Gods name will trust him. b. He floated down the river and ended up (wouldn’t you know it) right on the doorstep of Pharaoh’s daughter. He drove her to California to go see his nephew and Cynthia’s son, Jason. They’re really struggling right now. He does not let you down. I think people are so often disinterested in the gospel—yes, because they don’t understand sin; yes, because they don’t understand their need for a Savior—but, first of all, because they do not understand God. Other than your name what would you say? If you do not have that God—if you do not relate to a God who is the “I am”—it doesn’t matter how you were raised, how often you go to church, or what you profess. 1. If what I am saying is true, then the facts ought to be self-evident to any intelligent man or woman. Greet children, and introduce some sort of unique item: Hello, children of God! She was this tall, with hair and two eyes. His sisters will say he is the sweetest most polite person. I have the mind of Christ;" from, "I don't have a good personality. Or, "I am slow. Who do you say that I am? In Jesus’ name. 13:5 For it was "that I am" when Moses asked God who should I say sent Me "Tell them I Am sent You The Prodigal Son changed his course of action for the better when he changed his thinking about himself – that is, when he learned to see the truth about who he really was. I am.” That’s what God was saying. Hopefully you know who I am, and what I do. Would anything here drive me to the great questions of our day—the great things of eternity—to “Who is God? You are great. Just [robotic beeping noise]. I am the only God: the self-existent, transcendent, independent, great ‘I am’, YHWH.”, I started this sermon by asking the questions: “Who is God? All right, we’ll get that God. 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