Tonight’s sermon is a drawing together of two threads of thought, last week’s sermon on the Nicene Creed and this morning’s sermon on the importance of knowing God. The purpose of creeds is to clarify doctrine and the purpose of doctrine is to know God. The word theology means the study of God. Creeds and doctrine are gifts from God. The purpose of doctrine is to pull back the veil to reveal the splendor and majesty of God, to help us know God. The purpose of doctrine is to clear the fog, to help us see wonderful things in God’s Word, things no eye has seen nor ear heard nor heart imagined (I Corinthians 2:9).