What is Behold Your God?

Dr. John SnyderUsing means as varied as multimedia Bible studies, weekly radio broadcasts, national and regional conferences, and free online content, Behold Your God focuses on helping the believer to apply God’s self-revelation in the Bible to all of life.
“Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically” is a 12-week multimedia bible study produced by Media Gratiae.

“Behold Your God Radio with Dr. John Snyder” is produced by Media Gratiae and American Family Radio.

We believe that the chief means of grace is God’s word. Only the word in the hands of the Spirit has the promise of being the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:161 Cor. 1:18). Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The preached word of God is the means by which God’s own voice is heard by sinners (Rom. 10:13-17), and is the voice of our Savior that brings dead men out of their tombs (John 5:25).

Our Bible studies and other materials are meant to be purchased by and used in the context of the local church. We are happy that individuals and families sometimes use the materials on their own, but with one necessary caveat: no DVD series, online video, or workbook can ever supplant God’s plan for His people to belong to a local body of believers where they sit under the preaching of the gospel on a weekly basis.

Two truths underpin Behold Your God:

  • A vital knowledge of God is the treasure of the Christian life and not merely a tool to reach something more significant.
  • The believer’s view of God is the most distinguishing and influential factor in his or her life.

In the United States, Christianity faces a huge obstacle—indifference. People hear sermons, nod their heads in polite agreement, and walk away unaffected. Why is this? Clearly, “God” has become a weightless idea, an insignificant religious term that has meaning only within the four walls of the church. Views of God can be so far from His own self-descriptions that people worship an idol unawares—a “God” of their imagination. The greatest need of the church and the world is to be reintroduced to the One who cannot give us anything better than Himself.

What about us? Is the God we know the God described in Scripture? What we believe about who God is will affect everything about us. Therefore, nothing should take a higher priority for us than knowing Him as He has revealed Himself in His Word. Not merely to know about Him, but to know Him is life.

Behold Your God is born out of a desire to see the glory of God manifested once again among His people. God alone is our hope.

Dr. Snyder is pastor of Christ Church New Albany. His extended bio can be found here.