Sunday Flyer

September 17, 2023

Follow the Leader: Becoming Like Jesus for the Sake of Others

What is My Picture of God?


John 14:5-12
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

"What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

- A.W. Tozer

"The single most important thing about us is our idea of God and its associated images."

- Dallas Willard

Why is our Picture of God so important?


We Become Like the God We Worship.


"If we have a negative picture of God, the more religious we become, the worse it gets."

- William Temple


Mind the Gap: There is often a Gap between our “Professed” and “Default” images of God.


Default Images of God:

  • Perfectionistic Parent
  • Drill Sergeant
  • Absentee Father
  • Vending Machine
  • Benevolent Grandfather
  • The GodFather  

1.God is Always Greater Than We Imagine.


Psalm 145: 3
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

Psalm 145:8-10
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.10 All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.

2. Jesus Reveals the Face of God.

John 14:8-9
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 

Colossians 1:15
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 

Hebrews 1:3a
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,

3. God is Closer Than We Imagine.

Matthew 28:20b
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

4. God is Three-In-One.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

"The Trinity suddenly filled my heart with the greatest joy. And I understood that in heaven, it will be like that forever for those who come there. For the Trinity is God, God is the Trinity, the Trinity is our maker and protector, the Trinity is our dear friend forever, our everlasting joy and bliss through our Lord Jesus Christ."

- Julian of Norwich

Luke 15:20
So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him."

Reflection Questions:

  • Which of the “default” pictures of God (exacting parent; drill sergeant; distant or indifferent; well-meaning but ineffective; benevolent grandfather; chronically disappointed; other) is the most familiar to you?
  • Which of these four truths about God do you sense an invitation to reflect on more fully?  

NEXT STEPS

- Utilize the Follow The Leader Devotional.

- Celebrate members of our church family who are being baptized today at Crown Point at 4pm. 

- Join a group or course to grow with others in community.