Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
How God Speaks to Humankind
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday July 6, 2014
How God Speaks to Humankind
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There are many different religions; they vary in name, 
geographical location, founder(s), sacred books, name of 
worship place, and human expectations. No attempt will 
be herein made to critique world religions, instead the 
focus will be confined to Christianity. This religion is 
known as a Judeo Christian because its sacred document 
is known as the Bible and, unlike Judaism, its tenants 
include both the Old and New Testaments. In keeping with 
this fact, the sermon will be a study of God, a concepts 
that permeates the Old Testament but has widespread 
implications in the New Testament. It has been entitled, 
How God Speaks to Humankind. The sermon is undergirded 
by the following considerations, namely: Some 
controversies, dilemmas, religious isms, and rejection of 
God; the most reliable document for the study of God; some 
methods that God used to speak to humankind; and 
what is our utilization of God’s methods for speaking 
to us. 
Since this sermon both biblically and historically, based 
the traditional synopsis of the textual anchor will be 
omitted and, instead, attention will be directed to the 
analysis of the earlier specified dimensions; the first one 
is that of controversies, dilemmas, religious isms, and 
the rejection of God. 
Probably, the most highly profiled controversy regarding 
God was the so called, Monkey Trial held in Tennessee in 
1925. John Scopes, a biology teacher, was being tried for 
have taught the Darwinian theory of Evolution which was 
the opposite of divine creation; he was convicted but never 
did time nor paid a find. The next hurdle in accepting the 
existence of God is the dilemma of how can a just God 
allow the righteous to suffer; in pondering the puzzle of 
this dilemma, one must recognize that God said my 
ways are not as your nor your thoughts the same as mine. 
The third problem area is comprehending the reality of 
God is known as religious isms. This category includes 
pantheism; it is a belief that the universe (or nature is the 
totality of everything) it is identical with divinity. Pantheists 
thus do not believe in a distinct personal or 
anthropomorphic god. Another ism is that of Buddhism. 
It is a non theistic religion that encompasses a variety of 
traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on meditation. 
The third ism for this sermon is that of Atheism. This word, 
in a broad sense, denotes the rejection of a belief in the 
existence of deities; it is especially adamant in asserting 
that there is no God. An assessment of these isms warrants 
no attention; instead, the focus will now be to the second 
dimension of the sermon which is - God’s methods for 
speaking to humankind. During the Old Testament period, 
God spoke directly to persons of his choosing. The first 
person to whom He spoke was Adam as noted in Genesis 
3:9 where God asked, “Where art thou?; He spoke to Noah 
and told him to “Make an ark of gopher wood...”( Gen. 6:14 ); 
He spoke to Abram and instructed him to “...Get thee out of 
thy country...( Gen. 12:1 ); God spoke to Moses on several 
different occasions, the first one being when He called 
him, “... Moses, Moses...”, and there were several other 
Old Testament individuals whom God spoke to directly. 
God, secondly, speaks to humankind though his Word 
know as the Bible. This book is the inerrant and eternal 
message from and about the everlasting God. While Peter 
asserts that the Bible “...came not in old time by the will 
of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by 
the Holy Ghost” ( 2nd Peter 1:21 ). Beloved, Peter’s message 
was, and yet remains, that God is the author of his word and 
the holy men were mere penmen. Hence, it can reliably be 
concluded that God speaks to humankind through his Word, 
The third mode that God used to speak to humankind 
was through the gift of his only begotten Son to the world. 
His son, Jesus, has been labeled as the heart of the four 
Gospels. During his earthly sojourn, Jesus selected and 
taught twelve disciples; he performed miracles, healed 
the sick, restored sight to the blind, gave innumerable 
parables, and Jesus always gave credit for his wisdom and 
knowledge to Father. John 12:49 provides a lucid example 
of Jesus humility and honesty; therein it is recorded - “For 
I have not spoken of myself; but the father which sent me, 
he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what 
I should speak.” Beloved, this verse, alone, is sufficient to 
document the fact that God - during the early sojourn of 
Jesus, spoke to humankind through the voice and actions 
of Jesus. 
In his ministry, Jesus spoke of him impending 
departure from the earth, but assured the disciples that 
they would not be left comfortless. That promise was the 
forthcoming of the Comforter, or Holy Spirit ( Jo. 14:16, 26 ). 
The Comforter would be the next method that God would 
use to speak to humankind. He, the Comforter, took up 
residency on the earth on the day of Pentecost ( Act 2 ) and 
He continues to dwell on earth. Through a knowledge of 
and dependency on him, the Comforter, or Holy Spirit, he will 
guide our feet, dissipate our worries, energize our body, 
and provide the channel through which divine strength 
can energize and sustain our mortal bodies. 
Lastly, God speaks to humankind through his anointed 
preachers. Saint Paul, in his message to the Romans, 
presented a threefold reality regarding the God’s speaking 
to humankind. He inquired, how can people call upon the 
Lord in whom they have not believed? and how shall they 
believe in him of whom they have not heard, and how shall 
they hear without a preacher? ( Romans 10:14 ). To hear 
the preached word, Paul called upon believers to assemble 
themselves together for regular worship. Thus he wrote, 
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the 
manner of some is...” ( Heb. 10:25 ) This somber call of 
Saint Paul, leads to the last consideration of the sermon 
which is - What is our response to God’s communication 
with us? Obviously, God no longer speaks directly to 
humankind. The textual anchor of this sermon supports 
this assertion. Therein Paul stated that, “ God...spake in 
times past unto the fathers ( prophets ) hath spoken in the 
last day by his Son”. In essence, this verse has reference to 
the Old and New Testaments. Since we were born centuries 
after those periods, we can hear from God through the 
Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the Preachers. Hence, God speaks 
to humankind whenever one reading his word, The Bible; He 
speaks to humankind through visitation by the Holy Spirit; 
and He speaks to humankind through preachers who 
proclaim the Gospel of the living God. In closing, the 
challenge for each person is to decide into which category 
he or she falls with respect to the Gospel; the three 
categories are: The Jews viewed the gospel as a stumbling 
block, the Greeks saw the gospel as foolishness, but the 
Christians see the gospel as the power of God unto 
salvation ( 1st Cor.1:23-24 ). The somber question, finally, 
becomes which of these categories best represent your 
conclusion on how God speaks to humankind? Amen.
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