Dr. Al Mohler preached an excellent sermon in our opening convocation ceremony at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler spoke about the topic of revelation and its significance both for the seminary as an institution and the life of the believer in a sermon based on Deut. 4:32-40 and entitled, "Has Any People Heard the Voice of God Speaking...And Survived?" Click here for the MP3 download of the sermon from the SBTS audio resources website.
For your edification and review, here are my meager attempt at note-taking. I'd encourage you to listen to the sermon for yourself.
If God Has Spoken...
1. We do know. Thus, because God has spoken, we do know that He has spoken. Dr. Mohler contrasted our God, the One who speaks but is hidden from sight, with idols that are seen but do not speak.
2. We do know know only by mercy. What we know, we know by the mercy of God, leaving no room for pride, for the revelation of God is mercy. Hearing anything from God is an act of His mercy in communicating with us.
3. We too must speak. Because God has spoken, we cannot stay silent.
4. Then it is all about God and for our good. God has a purpose when He speaks.
5. Then it is for our redemption. A redemptive purpose lies behind revelation. God set before the Israelites both life and death, and He commanded that they choose life.
6. Then we must obey. It is not simply a word for our consideration. It is a command to be obeyed or disobeyed.
7. Then we must trust. In agreeance with the old hymn, trust and obedience go hand in hand. We must trust this God who speaks.
8. Then we must witness. We are here because we have heard. Every student sitting in Alumni Chapel on campus for the convocation seminary is studying because someone else proclaimed the gospel to them.
I don't presume to claim that these notes are totally accurate or verbatim, and I encourage you to listen to the message for yourself.