The Process of Knowing God is Learning about the Heavenly Father, Encountering God, & Integrating your encounters into your life with frequency. – Dwayne Terry

The Image of The Father

Sunday June 05, 2016 at 10:30am
Speaker: Pastor Dwayne Terry
From the “The Father’s Heart” series. Sermon 1 of 4

Matthew 16:15 – “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Types of Fathers and How They Can Shape Us

  • Distant or Passive Father: God does not feel your pain or share your joy.
  • Authoritarian Father: God is cold with no personal vision for you.
  • Abusive Father: God is confusing.
  • Absent Father: God’s presence is often difficult to experience.
  • Accusing Father: God’s love is difficult to understand.
  • There is no true human model.

The most important thing about you is who you believe God is.

The Process of Knowing God

  1. Learn about the Heavenly Father.

Matthew 16:16-17, 21-23 – Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

  1. Encounter God.

John 5:39-40“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to me that you may have life.” 

Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) – “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

  1. Integrate your encounters into your life with frequency.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

katoptrizō [kät-op-trē’-zō] – beholding or reflecting from a mirror