How does God have passions?

How can a perfect being have “passions” or emotional responses to things? The Bible doesn’t say. It just talks about God’s response to things in emotional language and then claims that God is perfect in the sense that he is completely properly formed in his being and person.

For those interested in trying to understand this better, I recommend this article by Paul Helm here.

The Doctrine is called “Diving Constancy” or more commonly “Divine Impassibility”.

Spurgeon’s Four Things God Shows Great Jealousy For

i. His Deity– He alone is God.

ii. His Sovereignty– “That he made heaven and earth, and that he has the right to rule what he has made as he thinks right.

  • Attacks on sovereignty are self-righteousness and treason.

iii. His Glory- the quality of his person is worth the highest valuing and should eclipse all other lesser glories.

iv. His People- his covenant is more sacred and enduring than the most beautiful marriage.[1]

Read Spurgeon’s Sermon here


[1] We should have pity on those that ridicule and hate God’s people. They are evoking the jealousy of God and his avenging of his bride is an awful fate.

Dinner Club – Greg Wahlberg’s Story

After being a part of what God was doing on in the lives of students on a college campus, Greg was ready to jump head first into ministry in the workplace. But there are some serious differences between the two. It wasn’t long before Greg caught on to the differences and the difficulties of ministry in the workforce and he grew discouraged.

A year passed of not seeing much spiritually happen. Then one night, he went to dinner with some friends. A simple, somewhat normal type of event. They had fun and decided to go out again the next week. And the next week. And the next… well, you get the point.

With that, God began to show Greg how He wanted to use him among his colleagues and bring life change in Jesus’ name to the group.

Vision & Plan – Questions to work through

Vision & Plan - Questions to work through

On May 12 and 19, Nic Gibson, our Preaching Pastor, gave us all something to think about in terms of how God views His Church and how we are a part of what He’s doing.
This was a handout that people got to walk through while Nic was giving his sermon on May 19.

Have you thought about the questions yet? What is God revealing to you?

If you missed the sermons – catch up here!

Five Purposes and Practices of small groups: 5. SERVICE

In the last few posts I’ve discussed the five purposes of small groups at High Point church. Our vision for small groups is for them to be Christ centered, transformational communities. The five purposes and practices of small groups are designed to build these communities.

To review, the 5 purposes are:
1. Community
2. Spiritual growth
3. Prayer
4. Supporting mission
5. Service

In this post I want to discuss purpose #5:  Service.

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