Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
February 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM
Subject
The Everlasting God
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday February 22, 2015
The Everlasting God
“...from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”. Ps. 90: 2.
The worship today marks the end of Black History 
Month, but it also is the first Sunday of the 2015 Lent 
season. Each of these periods will return in 2016, however, 
there is one event, upon its return next year, will be less 
severe and that is the seemingly endless frigid winter. 
While these periods are cyclical, there is one reality 
that is consistent, immune to human initiatives, and has 
perpetuity; the reference is to God whom according to the 
Bible is from everlasting to everlasting. 
Our sermon was planned to explore some implications 
of the textual base using as a subject, The Everlasting 
God. It will be undergirded by the following three 
parameters, or sub topics, namely: the nature of God, 
the approaches to God, and your perception of God. 
As background on the textual base, it is deeded 
appropriate to briefly examine Psalm 90, the book from 
which it was lifted. Although it is incorrectly assumed 
that the Psalms were penned by David, it is true that 
he authored most of them. The one used in today’s sermon 
was written by Moses. It is “As a prayer of Moses”. The 
theme of this Psalm is “A prayer for eternal wisdom in 
light of the transitory nature of man.” This 90th Psalm is 
often selected for the Old Testament reading at a 
eulogistic service. Within that Psalm, Moses besought 
divine instruction for mortal humanity on its pathway 
to death; hence, he wrote, “So teach us to number our 
days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. (90:12 ). 
Against this synopsis of Psalm 90, attention will now 
be directed to the earlier specified concerns of the sermon, 
the first of which is - the nature of God. Admittedly, this 
topic is widely debated from various perspectives any one 
of which is far to extensive for a single presentation. In this 
regard the sermon will merely broach the nature of God. It 
must be noted, first, that the word God refers to an abstract 
and not concrete form of existence. The Pantheist would 
differ with this assertion, but those followers are entitled to 
their belief. As anchors for the discussion today, the Bible, 
one book and humankind will be selectively examined. 
The book, The Triune God, is the first document for 
use in discussing the nature of God. It was authored by 
Clarence Benson and released in 1970. The ungirding 
these of that book is - God is three Deities in One: The 
Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. He cites three 
phenomena that provide evidence of God, namely, Nature, 
Jesus, and The Holy Spirit. The thesis in this book is that 
nature exemplifies the creative power of God - a point that 
Kilmer would later recognized in write “poems are made by 
fools like me, but only God can make a tree”. Benson, next, 
submits an extensive list of attributes, not characteristics, 
assigned to God, a few of which are: eternal, immutable, 
omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. 
Continuing his discussion on the Triune God, Benson 
presents the second indicator that verifies the nature of 
God. He referred to it as “The Preexistence and 
incarnation of Christ”. There are several Scriptures that 
certify the relationship of God to Jesus, one of which is 
found in Matt. 3:14 (“...This is my beloved Son, in whom I 
am well pleased”). Additional references include, “...if you 
see me you see the Father” and “Father into thy hands, I 
commend my spirit”. At this point, attention will be directed 
to the third component of The Triune God, the advent of 
the Holy Spirit. According to the Scripture, The Holy Spirit 
took up residency on the Day of Pentecost. ( Acts 2 ). 
That event was the fulfillment of the promises Jesus made 
before his advent. ( Jo. 14: 16, 26 and 16: 7 - 11). These 
Scriptures are the foundation upon which Benson specified 
three functions of the Holy Spirit and the Believer, namely: 
“The Believer is taught by the Holy Spirit, the Believer is 
guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Believer is controlled by 
the Holy Spirit”. 
The sermon will, at this point, be directed to the second 
division of the subject which is - the approaches to God. 
The believer must, first, know, accept, and believe the 
statement that Jesus about God which was, “ God is a 
Spirit: and they the worship him must worship him in spirit 
and truth.” ( Jo. 4:24 ). St. Paul, in Hebrews 11: 6, penned 
the requirement for getting to know this God who is a 
spirit; thus, he asserted that “But without faith it is 
impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must 
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that 
seek him”. Contained in that requirement is the word 
faith; it, therefore, becomes necessary to define faith. 
Obviously Paul was aware of this need because it started 
the 11th Chapter of Hebrews by specifying the definition 
which is - “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped 
for, the evidence of things not seen.” ( Heb. 11: 1 ). 
Lastly, the question becomes how does one become a 
believer and get to know God? Since no one at birth has 
any knowledge of God it is, therefore, necessary for the 
individual to hear the Word of God being preached. This 
requirement, according to Paul necessitates hearing a 
preacher for he wrote “ how can the hear without a 
preacher? The next phase in this learning process is to 
be convicted by the Holy Spirit, accept Jesus as Lord 
and Savior, and undergo the ceremonial ritual required 
in that denomination. Having completed this process, the 
person becomes a believer, has faith in God, and will 
be a recipient of rewards as promised in Heb. 11:6. 
This glorious access leads to the final dimension of 
the sermon which is - what is your perception of God? 
Admittedly, this is a personal inquiry but there is no 
requirement for either an oral and written response. 
Instead, it focus is to challenge you to ponder your 
approach to perceiving God. Some options might include: 
to think about God when in a worship service, to call on 
God when confronting a life threading situation, to thank 
God for an unanticipated blessing, or to thanks God for 
the duration of life. There are other manner of thinking 
about, but an appeal it made today for you to recognize 
that God is the author and finisher of your faith, and 
remember the sermon’s subject today - The Everlasting 
God. God was here before you were born into the world, 
God is here while you are living in the world, and God will 
be in existence when you, I, and even the yet unborn - all 
will have undergone that final transformation from life to 
death. Amen! 
My Dear Readers - the posting last week was from a substitute computer. 
The original one is back in use, hence, a better uploading. Thanks! EGSJ
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