The Image of God—A.W. Tozer

Read carefully. A reading from “Why We Must Think Rightly About God,” from The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer:

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
The history of mankind will probably show that no people [group] has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. She can never escape the self-disclosure of her witness concerning God.

Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow…

That our ideas of God correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him, our creedal statements are of little consequence. Our real idea of God may lie buried under the rubbish of conventional religious notions and may require an intelligent and vigorous search before it is finally unearthed and exposed for what it is. Only after an ordeal of painful self-probing are we likely to discover what we actually believe about God.” —A.W. Tozer


Radical | Week 4 Sermon

I preached a sermon at CrossPoint EightTen on July 22nd, based on chapter five of David Platt’s book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. You can watch it below, or at Vimeo.

July 22, 2012 from CrossPoint EightTen on Vimeo.

Singin’ in the Rain, Thursday 7pm.

Everyone, everyone! Exhibit great love for yourself this Thursday night at 7pm, by going to nearly any movie theater around, and catch Singin’ in the Rain, the classic and magnificent 1952 musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Conner. If you saw this past year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, The Artist, the stories are very similar. Gene Kelly plays a famous actor at dawn of the sound era in film, struggling to assimilate to the new style when he meets the lovely and talented Debbie Reynolds. Sparks fly, tensions run high, and hilarity ensues.

If you enjoy enjoying things then I don’t know why you would ever miss an opportunity to see this on the big screen. Singin’ in the Rain is currently ranked #21 on my list of the 100 greatest films. So don’t deprive yourself.

I will be at the Alamo Drafthouse on Mason Rd. Come hang out with me.