Life is precious. All human beings have a right to life that no man can take from them of their own volition. God has authorized capital punishment in the case of murder, but he hates the shedding of innocent blood. Since the 1970s, the blood of millions of innocent babies has been shed in abortion procedures across this country, and the practice continues to expand even today. God cares about the unborn, and he will not hold guiltless the one who unrepentantly takes the lives of the innocent. But when one repents, God will forgive.
We serve an awesome God! When we stop and we consider just how great our God is, it should leave us in awe, and we should be thankful for who our God is. This morning we begin a series looking at several attributes of our God, and it is our prayer that by the end of it, we’ll have a great appreciation of our God. In this lesson we consider that God is a God who knows. He knows all about us, what we do, what happens to us, and even why it happens. And we should thank him for that.
If Jesus is God (and in recent lessons have concluded from evidence that He is), then He is perfectly moral, because God is perfectly moral. If Jesus is perfectly moral, then He can speak no lies. Since He cannot speak lies, anything that Jesus teaches is true. Since the New Testament is historically reliable and accurately records the deeds and teachings of Jesus, then what it says about what Jesus teaches must be true. So, examining teachings of Jesus recorded in the New Testament, we can examine what Jesus taught about the Bible, and have an understanding of whether or not the Bible is truly the Word of God.
We serve a God who is infinitely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, and infinitely loving. Our awesome God created a universe for us to live in, and he created this race that we call humanity. From that human race he has brought into the world his people, first the Jews who led to Christ, and now Christians, the citizens of Christ’s kingdom. God wants all to be in his kingdom, and he desires that all would be saved.
Many passages of Scripture speak to the importance of how we use our words. Today we consider three ways we ought to use our words: to bless God, to build up, and to bring others to Christ.
What a blessing for God’s people to know that He cares for us. Jesus assures us of God’s care in the Sermon on the Mount, and throughout Scripture there are multiple examples of God looking after his people.
A brief review of the previous few weeks of study, considering the evidence for God and where that leaves us with regard to which world religions could possibly be true.