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                             "WHY WE NEED"

                                  God

INTRODUCTION

1. When we first come into this world, we are extremely dependent on
   others...
   a. We need parents or other providers to feed and clean up after
      ourselves
   b. Even as small children, we sense our need for parental care and
      protection

2. As we get older, it is common to believe that we no longer need
   anyone or anything...
   a. Starting in adolescence, where many think they no longer need
      their parents
   b. Often continuing throughout adulthood, where many think they can
      take care of themselves

3. Mankind is not as self-sufficient as many would like to believe...
   a. We are extremely dependent on many things despite our denials
   b. Which I intend to illustrate in this series of lessons ("Why We
      Need...")

[Assuming that one believes in God (see "Why I Believe in God"), let's
begin with three simple yet significant reasons why we need God in our
lives.  Starting with the fact that...]

I. HE IS OUR CREATOR

   A. GOD IS THE CREATOR...
      1. Of the heavens and the earth - Gen 1:1; Exo 20:11; He 11:3
      2. Of mankind, both male and female - Gen 1:27; 5:2
      3. Even in the womb, God has a role in giving us life - Ps 139:
         13-16; Jer 1:5
      4. He made us, not we ourselves - cf. Ps 100:3

   B. GOD AS OUR CREATOR...
      1. Knows us better than we ourselves
      2. Even as the manufacturer knows his product better than anyone
         else
      3. Knows our weaknesses and our strengths
      4. Is the best source to find the answers to such questions as:
         a. Where did I come from?
         b. Why am I here?
         c. Where am I going?
         d. How should I live?

[We need God because as our Creator He is the only reliable "tech
support" to help us make sense and use of our lives!  Another reason we
need God is because...]

II. HE IS OUR REDEEMER

   A. GOD IS THE REDEEMER...
      1. Unfortunately, all have made a mess of their lives - Ro 3:23
      2. Some more than others, but all are in need of major correction
         - Ro 3:9
      3. But God offers Himself as our Redeemer - Ps 34:22


   B. GOD AS OUR REDEEMER...
      1. Makes it possible for us to start anew - cf. Ps 103:1-5
      2. This He did by sending His Son, Jesus - Ga 4:4-5; Tit 2:11-14
      3. He offered His Son's blood to redeem from our sins - 1Pe 1:
         17-19

[We need God because as our Redeemer we have the opportunity to be
forgiven of sins and to start our lives anew!  A third reason we need
God is because...]

III. HE IS OUR PROVIDER

   A. GOD IS THE PROVIDER...
      1. Of physical life itself - Ac 17:28; cf. Ps 66:8-9
      2. Of that which sustains our physical life - Ac 14:17; Mt 5:45
      3. Of spiritual strength that we need - Ep 3:16,20; 6:10

   B. GOD AS OUR PROVIDER...
      1. Has promised to meet our physical needs - Mt 6:25-32
      2. If we will put Him and His righteousness first in our lives
         - Mt 6:33-34
      3. Has promised to meet our spiritual needs - Php 2:12-13
      4. If we will put on His armor - Ep 6:11-18

CONCLUSION

1. More things could be said to illustrate our need for God, but for now
   let these suffice...
   a. God is our Creator
   b. God is our Redeemer
   c. God is our Provider

2. Those who reject any need for God...
   a. Go through life with no true knowledge of self or purpose in life
   b. Have no way to atone for or to truly correct the many mistakes
      they make
   c. Have lives devoid of the fullness of God's providential care

3. How much better to confess our need for God, and look to Him...
   a. For wisdom and guidance in making the best of our time here on
      earth
   b. For forgiveness and renewal when we mess up our lives through sin
   c. For providential care and spiritual strength to live the truly
      "abundant life"

Yes, dear friends and brethren, that is why we need God...!
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