‘When was the last time you were intimate with God?’. A question that Pastor Frank asked of us back at the start of our ‘God Is’ series in August. A simple question but one that drilled to the core of our relationship with the one to who we offer our praise and prayer to week after week.
Paul declares the difficulty of knowing fully our God in Romans 11... ‘Oh the depths and riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgements!”, yet despite this, Peter encourages the church to still “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord” (2 Peter 3:18). To know him in his entirety is an impossibility, it hurts our puny minds to understand even a little of his greatness, but, under the exhortation of Peter, we spent 20 weeks walking into a greater intimacy with God by deepening our understanding of who he is and what he’s about.
Over the twenty weeks we explored 17 attributes of God and how each unique aspect demands a response from us as believers and unbelievers alike. Each week, we witnessed God’s faithfulness in spite of our faithlessness, as in a powerful confirmation of his word, he administered his salvation, healing, wisdom and provision amongst us. Our mornings often ended with extended times of communion, prayer and praise as we were humbled that a God so great would humble himself on a cross to redeem a sinful people like us.
We closed out the series with the same question that we started with. When was the last time you were intimate with God? The change in us as individuals and a church body has been exciting to witness. Our worship has intensified, our faith has swelled and we move into our next series ‘Jesus said’ with an eager expectation of what he will do amongst us and through us this year, all for his glory.