One difference I see between the God of modern Christianity and the God that I see revealed in scripture is that the God of the scripture will sometimes (if not often) hide himself. Finding God requires seeking God. The seeking is essential to what it is to being a "follower" of Christ.
God has reserved to himself the right and authority to judge the truth of man's salvation. He alone has access to that truth. He has given to his church to judge the fruit of man's salvation.
The Sins of Youth Go with Them to Eternity
The Time of Youth Is the Best Time to Be Improved for Religious Purposes
Download Sermon AudioText: Genesis 17:1
Walk before me and be blameless
Humble walking with God is the great duty and most valuable concernment of believers. ... This is better than all your preaching, all your hearing, all your private meetings, all your conferences, all your fastings. -John Owen
Faith will actually bring the soul to the foot of God, and give it up universally to his disposal.. -John Owen
We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that we have none of our own.
A sermon from Hebrews 5:4-6: And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest
Because of the weakness that a Levetical priest was beset with, namely the weakness that came in as a result of being a sinner, the priest was "obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins."