at Mountain View Bible Camp
Mt. View Bible Camp, Snydertown, PA
August 12 - 18, 2017
Keynotes: Our Mighty God
Standing in awe of who God is, and what He has done (Romans 11:33-36)
Our theme verses for MIF: 2017 are Romans 11:33-36. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
The Spirit of God led the apostle Paul to expound on the wonderful plan of salvation in the book of Romans. In the first eleven chapters Paul details the ways of God in grace! He instructs us on sin, condemnation and the wrath of God. He reveals the way of salvation and declares the righteousness of God, of sanctification and on the sovereignty of God with Israel! Paul is about to move from principle to practice, from belief to behavior! He is about to take us from doctrine to duty because all of God’s Word is profitable and ought to have an impact on our daily lives. But before Paul moves on, he pauses. He has arrived at a mountain top where he looks back on the marvelous grace of God and is amazed at the unfathomable sight that he sees. He stands in awe - not only of what God has done, but who God is! In these four verses we see a bridge that takes us from spiritual education to application. It is the bridge of adoration that leads us on into action and service for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Keynote 1: His Immeasurable Riches
How rich is God? He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. In the beginning God alone created the heavens and the earth. David reminds us in Psalm 24 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Moses declared “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.”(Deut. 10:14).
We were poor, wretched, and undone and yet scripture says, “He was rich, and yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich.” We have now experienced “the riches of God’s grace” (Eph. 1:7), because it was “the riches of his goodness” that led us to repentance (Rom.2:4), and then to experience “the riches of his glory” (Rom. 9:23).
Suggested focus: How does the following verse impact you (2 Cor. 8:9)?
- Comment on the Riches of His Grace Eph. 1:7
- And the Riches of His Kindness Rom. 2:4
- And the Riches of His Glory Rom. 9:23, Col. 1:27, Phil. 4:19
- And His Unsearchable Riches Eph. 3:8
Keynote 2: His Incomprehensible Wisdom and Knowledge
Divine knowledge is God knowing everything there is to know perfectly! Divine wisdom is God knowing how to apply what He knows perfectly! Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God! Have we learned that God never learns anything? He knows every plan and how He will work them out. The One through whom He is working is the person of Christ, His beloved Son. His wisdom provided such a Savior to rescue lost sinners, and with that same wisdom He deals with us in grace, each day even through the trials He allows into our lives! Think of His wisdom and His knowledge that sees us through the valleys and mountain top experiences, never allowing us to be tried above our ability to bear it, and always making a way of escape.
- God’s wisdom and knowledge are unspeakably hidden- Dan. 2:21-22
- God’s Wisdom and knowledge are objective realities- 1 Cor. 1:18-31, Eph. 2:12-19, 3:8-13, Col. 2:2-3
- Wise living starts with us fearing the Lord Prov. 9:10
- Wise living grows in us by receiving God’s Word Psa. 19:7
- Wise living requires us to ask for His Word specifically Jas. 1:5-6
Keynote 3: His Unsearchable Judgments
The word "unsearchable" in these passages does not mean "unable to be examined." Rather, it is used in the sense of mapping out a territory. God is so infinite and the things that He does so vast that we are unable to map out all that He has done and plans to accomplish. In the Greek, the word is anexichniastos, which means “unable to track” or “unable to map”. The psalmist declares, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psa. 139:17). The word “judgments” can be translated “decisions”. The decisions that God makes are beyond our understanding. We often sing that “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform”. This reminds us that He is at work in this world, and is in every facet of our lives! It is good to remember that:
- No one can explain God v 34
- No one can counsel God v 34
- No one can accuse God of unfairness v 35
Suggested focus: Compare the difference between seeing God’s acts and seeing God’s ways as in Psl. 103:7. Look at the following verses and describe what we learn about whom God is and what He does:
- God knows all things Isa. 46:9-10, Heb. 4:13
- God’s justice will prevail 2 Thess. 1:6-7
- Nothing can hinder God’s plan Job 42:2, Phil. 1:6
- Our times are in His Hands Psl. 31:14-13, Eccl. 3:11
- Job 5:8-9, 41:11
- Isa. 55:8-9, Psl. 81:13, Prov. 14:12, Heb. 3:9-11
Keynote 4: His Untraceable Ways
God is unmatched, He has no rival! He is greater than anything on earth (Is. 40:12-20) and He is greater than anything in heaven (Is. 40:21-26)! The prophet Isaiah describes the divine and moral attributes of God as being unmatched by any! The question is asked, “To whom then will you liken God? Or, what likeness will you compare to Him?” But not only is He unmatched by any, He is the purpose for ALL? We learn from these verses that He is:
- God is the Source of all things Jas. 1:17, Col. 1:15-16, Jn. 1:1-3
- God is the Sustainer of all things Heb. 1:3, Col. 1:17
- God is the Supreme Purpose of all things Col. 1:18, 3:11, 1 Cor. 15:24-28
Suggested focus: Examine Isaiah 40. How many of His divine or moral attributes can you discover and what impact should these have on you? How should the truth found in Col. 1:15-18, Jn. 1:1-3 and Heb. 1:1-3 affect our worship and our service today?
It has been said that worship without proper theology will end up as idolatry. True, intelligent worship is a response to the teaching of God’s Word (Jn. 4). Our theology should bring us to humble praise to God.