This Weekend

Resources and Notes for this Sunday's Message

Service Times: In-Person at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 am, Online at 10am EST

Did God Really Say. . . God Works In Mysterious Ways? – Interim Pastor Phil Thomas - March 3, 2024

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:12


Does God actually expect us to understand all of His ways?


Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

John 13:7


Jesus said, “Later you will understand.”


God’s ways are mysterious in that they do not conform to our patterns of reasoning or motives.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9


God says, “My ways are not mysterious.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 


God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:13-14


Was it a boom or a whisper?


God’s Name Explained:


Ehyeh = I Will Be - Moses couldn’t say “I” Will Be


He is The One Who Is and Will Be

Yahweh = He Will Be - Appears over 6500 times in the Bible

As the Bible was being translated into English, it appeared as LORD = I WAS, I AM & I WILL BE


Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 7:9

Five Truths That Are Not Mysterious:

  1. God is God.
  2. God is Personal.
  3. God is Faithful.
  4. God is Immutable.
  5. God is Love.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:13


Look for me and you will find me.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10


Respecting God brings perspective.


Knowing God helps us to know His heart.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

John 3:19-21


Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2


Only God can turn dust into diamonds


All scripture is from the NIV translation unless noted otherwise.