Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
September 3, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
How God Speaks to Humankind
Description

How God Speaks to Humankind


“ God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake to the fathers by prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us my his Son…” Heb. 1:1-2.
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 wlll 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
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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 an
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
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the opposite of divine creation; he was convicted but never
did time nor paid a fine. 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 this puzzle
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 as the
totality of everything) 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 nontheistic 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,

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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.

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God, secondly, speaks to humankind through nature.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 19 that “ The heavens declare
the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”
It is within this matrix of nature that God provides day and
night; sunshine and rain; thunder and lightening summer or
winter; deluge of shower. There are many other components
of nature, however, the most dreaded and destructive one
is the hurricane. It is extremely dangerous, destructive,
and even deadly for some of the inhabitants in its pathway.
In January of this year our city of Albany, GA. experienced
two hurricanes, both of which were destructive and the
citizens are yet struggling to repair, rebuild, or relocate.
At this sermon is being prepare, a major hurricane,
last week lands in Texas, lingered for over a week, brought
rain that caused flood, a water level of over forty feet,
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streets were flooded, rescues were required, underground
tanks explored, and numerous needs exist at those survival
shelters.
Beloved, this hurricane, Harvey, speaks some somber
words from God: concepts and demonstrations both of
which signal to mankind! “I am the Lord thou God…”
“I am no respecter of persons”{ DACA }, “Vengeance is
mine saith the Lord”, “ Fret not thyself because of evil
doers…”. Numerous are the related Scriptures that focus
on the apostasy and evil doings in the walls of the great
divide with America along with the injustices imposed on
non-native Americans. Sadly, America has deviated from
the lofty ideals on which this nation was founded. It is
reasonable to concluded that God is speaking to America
through these recurring, destructive, and even death losing

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hurricanes, the latest of which is Hurricane Harvey, The
lingering question becomes – what will be the response to
God’s call for the welfare of his handiworks?     This question leads to the the fourth method by which
God speaks to humankind; it is though his Word, which is
known 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 sixth mode that God used to speak to humankind
was through the gift of his only begotten Son to the world.

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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

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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, 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

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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 might hear from God through the

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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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