“Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves” The first line of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, and yet, how well do we really know ourselves?
These 4 short talks are meant to just be a starter to help us both know ourselves a bit better, but also (and especially) how amazing our God is!
They are based on a short section in Tim Chester’s book You can change where he outlines 4 beautiful aspects of God’s character and through each, begins to apply that to one of the 4 main idols that we struggle with. I’ve sought to think a bit about each one for us in the church planting world:
- God is GREAT / so we don’t have to be in control (security) – (Psalm 27)
- God is GOOD / so we don’t have to look elsewhere (comfort) (Psalm 94)
- God is GLORIOUS / so we don’t have to fear others (approval) – (Psalm 31)
- God is GRACIOUS / so we don’t have to prove ourselves (power) – (Psalm 103)
They’re not meant to be strict expositions but opportunities for some self-reflection (ideally with others) and so growth in emotional and spiritual health. The main benefit will come from reflection and prayer over the questions down below.