In our sermon series “Questions Skeptics Ask”, it was David’s task to deal with the question “If God is Father, is He Male” (appropriate for Father’s Day). But Dave felt that the question had already been dealt with in a previous sermon by Sharon, where she pointed out several of God’s feminine characteristics (why can’t we remember that one?) Bottom line: God is neither male nor female–He is not the creation, but the Creator, etc. Jesus said “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. David suggested that the reason some people like to call God “Mother”, is because they are looking for a softer, easier relationship. Perhaps they want to skip the discipline-aspects of God.
David was dealing with a difficult scripture in Ephesians 1:3-14 which was one long sentence–and Sam had to read it this week! Dave is very good at digging deep into scripture and setting it out in a bunch of little pieces… though it’s hard for the “uninitiated” to follow sometimes! The gist of what he was saying, is that this scripture “hearkens back” to the time of Abraham, where Abraham was called to a purpose which included the whole world: the Israelites were chosen that the nations might learn who God is (and of course, they eventually gave us our Saviour). And God always calls us to a purpose–to bring others, and fulfill His ultimate purpose that the whole world be united as children who are able to say “Abba, Father”.
Walk to Rivendell: The hills quickly shut us in. It’s difficult going, so we son’t travel as far today.