What are your assumptions?

That's a pretty important question we should all be able to answer. Sadly, most people go through life not having any idea why they're here, what they really want or who they really are.

At Preston City Bible Church we believe that God exists. In fact, we hold that "God is and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6.)" This is our foundational assumption, and it flows from everything we find in creation and God's Word. Actually, we believe that everyone knows that God is, because the Bible tells us in Romans 1:18-21. We also know that man suppresses that knowledge in unrighteousness.

Another assumption that orders our lives is the principle that God is good. We know from 1 John 1:5 that "God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all." Jesus told us very clearly that "no one is good except God alone (Luke 18:19)" Again, the order inherent in creation and the statements of God's Word make this fact very clear. Anything we experience in life that might tempt us to think otherwise about God's character actually reveals how limited our understanding is on its own. We are so quick to misinterpret the data. Call it "human error."

So God exists, and God is Good. What else do we assume to be true? That God has spoken. We believe that God has communicated Himself to us in creation, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and the written Word of God (Hebrews 1:1-2). The most dramatic way God has communicated Himself to man is in becoming a man to repair in us what we have broken but cannot fix ourselves.

It is here, at the statement that God has spoken, that we as a local church derive our purpose. If the infinitely good and loving Creator of the universe has said something about Himself in language we can understand, we must marvel. We must worship. Not only does He exist in perfect righteousness, we may know Him. This fact of God's self-communication in the written Word of God demands our constant attention and our best, unwavering concentration. How could we, knowing of the miracle that is the Bible, fail to devote our lives to living it, breathing it?

But this lifestyle of focus on God through His Word is not our purpose. The statement that God has spoken does provide us with our purpose, however. For we are God's workmanship, created in God's image and therefore existing to represent Him (Genesis 1:26, 28; Ephesians 2:10, 5:1). Living in the Word is certainly God's intent for His children (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4). Living-out the Word is God's intended result from that lifestyle of focus on His Self-communication (Philippians 1:21). The inside-out life of righteousness-that produced by exploiting the relationship begun by God's imputed righteousness-is our purpose, and this is impossible without (1) knowledge of God, (2) the understanding of what that knowledge means about reality , and (3) the volition to apply that knowledge and understanding to everyday life (Proverbs 1-9).

So what are your assumptions? Why do you make the decisions you make every day? Is it because God created you to represent Him by first knowing His thinking as presented in His Word- or something else? Anything less is exceedingly tragic but all too common.

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