This week's message is Experiencing God. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
Experience vs. Knowledge
In today's climate of spiritual deception, it is a valid question to ask what part spiritual experiences should play in the life of the believer. Should we embrace and follow them, or toss them aside altogether?
Today we explore this topic, turning to the Bible to see where experiences fit into the Christian walk, discussing whether God wishes to give us spiritual experiences, what those might be, and whether they are important for fulfilling the plans and purposes of God.
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Truth in a World of Experience
Today, a growing sector of even the church is moving toward experience as our guide to truth. The Emergent Movement is one such school of thought which embraces all experience as valid regardless of how it lines up with teachings of the Bible.
But is it possible to move too far in the opposite direction? In avoiding false and deceptive spiritual experiences, could we be refusing something good, something that God desires to give us, and something that, since it comes from God, serves his purposes and advances his Kingdom?
There are many voices out there, many experiences, many paths, many messiahs. And the world, not having the Spirit of Truth, sees as true whatever is most compatible with their worldly view of truth. And the enemy does everything he can to mute the true Church. He does this by legislation and other outside forces, but he also does this by tricking us into denying the power and experiences of God.
This is why we go into the 3-D virtual reality world in which God has called us to minister. It is our calling and responsibility to proclaim the fullness of the Gospel and the undiluted truth of the Word of God. And in doing so, people from all around the world continue to be drawn to the cross so that they too can walk in newness of life.
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