Is #God Real? If so, what is He like?
Is the Bible True? Is it Trustworthy?
Integrity of the Truth
The reality and truthfulness of God is reflected in His Word and His World.
Implications of the Truth
Reading/Studying the Truth requires prayer, listening, action, and obedience.
Individuals in the Truth
Every generation looks to the #nextgeneration to carry the good news to the ends of the earth.
How will these principles transform you thinking?
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
How should I respond to the problem of evil and suffering?
Faith in the Midst of God’s Plan (Exodus 1:1-22)
Faith perseveres and increases in the midst of suffering, while God makes Himself available.
Faith in the Midst of Trust (Exodus 2:1-4)
Faith includes trusting God’s purposes and taking steps to discover them.
Faith in the Midst of Courage (Exodus 2:5-10)
Faith looks for God to reveal His plans in the midst of what seems hopeless.
How will these principles transform your thinking about hopeless circumstances that come into your life?
“When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying ‘I drew him out of the water.'”
God uses everything to bring about transformation in His people.
God uses your failures to transform them for His purposes.
God uses solitude to train you in His righteousness.
God uses times of waiting to cause you to remember He is there.
“God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”
Knowing God more fully includes seeing His purpose of redemption and believing His plans include you!
Knowing God more fully includes understanding we are insufficient and He is God!
Knowing God more fully includes complete obedience, total commitment and true worship!
“Moses said to God, ‘ Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is His name? “Then what shall I tell them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I AM has sent me to you”‘”
How can you live an empowered, spirit filled life?
Prayer is the essential part of your relationship and your understanding of who God is and His plan for your life.
Opposition from the World
God allows opposition to bring us to the end of ourselves.
If your private world is in order, it will be because you are convinced that the inner world of the spiritual must govern the outer world of activity.
Believing prayer reminds you who God is.
If your private world is in order, it will be because you make a daily choice to monitor its state of orderliness.
Prayer changes my will to God’s will.
If your private world is in order, it will be because you recognize your susceptibility to operate according to schemes and patterns NOT made of God but fashioned by a disordered world.
“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘NOw you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my might hand he will drive them out of his country.'”
What does confidence in the #OneTrueLivingGod look like?
Preparation for the battle includes putting on the full armor of God.
If my private world is in order, it will be because I have determined to be disciplined by God’s Word within my head and my heart.
God’s total power and ultimate Truth are realized through obedience and disobedience.
If my private world is in order, it will be because I have understood the difference between what is true and what is false, and have obeyed what is true.
A life yielded to God’s sovereignty and authority is confident in His ultimate protection.
If my private world is in order it will be because I am unafraid to be alone and quiet before the #OneTrueLivingGod.
“And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
What does it mean that Jesus is my Savior?
What do I need saving from?
A #biblicalworldview describes God as reaching down and rescuing sinners from the penalty of death and hell that our sin deserves. We have no power to save ourselves from sin because we are dead in our sin.
A #biblicalworldview gives us God’s answer… Since we have a Savior in the person of Jesus Christ, God has no more punishment left for those who have applied the work of Jesus Christ at the Cross.
God, in the person of Jesus Christ, delivers His people out from the enslavement of sin.
God’s deliverance includes being given the powerful ability to obey Him.
God’s deliverance includes being given the freedom and the desire to worship Him.
“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike.”
How do we learn to walk with God?
God uses trials and adversity for His people to use to help them learn more about Him and themselves.
Self focus leads to misery, God-focus leads to abundant life!
How will you look for God’s provision for you in the midst of a hard situation?
An attitude of dependency on God’s provision is necessary to overcome hardships.
How will you learn to depend on God and relate that to others to overcome difficult times?
Good management and wise delegation provide necessary relief for obedient servants.
How well do you receive advice in managing your time as well as getting help to share the load so that you might accomplish tasks more effectively?
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, “At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.””
Is there such a thing as universal truth?
If so, how am I to understand the struggle that goes on in my mind, my soul, and around me?
In order to understand the struggle we need to define Truth.
Truth is conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been… or shall be. It is a true state of fact or things. It includes veracity or purity from falsehood… conformity to a rule…. (Noah Webster 1828 Online Dictionary)
If God is approachable, then it is only on His terms.
How am I able to enter into the presence of a holy, righteous, all-powerful God?
If God’s Words are absolute, then they demand my wholehearted devotion.
How can I love and worship God with all my heart, my soul, and my mind?
If God’s character is righteous, then His character is woven into our character by His grace and because of His Son.
How will I find the heart of worship by loving God’s law?
I will find Christ…
When you love God’s law you find His grace in the person of His Son…
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.”
Obedience to laws based on godly principles glorifies God and benefits people.
God blesses obedience to His Word by revealing His glory.
The blood of Christ cleanses us from sin and makes it possible to obey God.
“When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, ‘Everything the LORD has said we will do'”
What does the reality of God’s presence look like in your life?
The reality of God’s presence in your life is found in the person of Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The reality of God’s presence compels us to worship and serve.
God’s gifts represent the reality of His presence in you; they are to be used, not hidden.
God has provided the reality of His presence through His Son…
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.”
Idolatry is a thief; it robs you of your wealth and reason.
Believers are to intercede on behalf of others.
Everyone is accountable for their own sin.
“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, ‘Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin – but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
What does it mean to #knowGod?
How do I really show #God I love Him?
“Whatever man loves, that is his god. For he carries it in his heart; he goes about with it night and day; he sleeps and wakes with it, be it what it may, wealth or self, pleasure or renown.” – Martin Luther
What preoccupies your thoughts?
What do you treasure in your heart?
God wants to fill our lives with His presence… but when we carry other things around with us, pursuing them by day and thinking about them at night…there is no room left for God.
Who or what am I really pursuing?
God delights to make Himself known to those whose hearts seek after Him.
God’s glory is found in the totality of His character and His promises.
God transforms believers with ever-increasing glory as they spend time alone with HIm.
“And the LORD said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ‘ “
What does true worship really look like?
What does it mean that we were made for worship?
God rewards obedient hearts with His presence and His power…
Blessings from God follow obedience to His commands.
God rewards obedient hearts with power to complete His tasks.
The indwelling Holy Spirit gives your life direction and purpose.
You were made to worship the #OneTrueLivingGod…
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”
What does it mean to be #holy?
Because God is holy and we are His people we must share His holiness to be united with Him… Holiness cannot be achieved with human effort or through our human nature. We understand that Christ is our substitute; He paid the penalty for our sin and transferred His right-ness to us…
How can my life be a fragrant offering before a #holy #God?
#God provides forgiveness for His people through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus restores our relationship with #God by cleansing and covering our sin.
#God calls HIs people to pursue holiness through His Word and by His Spirit.
“I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.”
How can my life and my worship reflect reverence for #God?
Believers are set apart and empowered to serve by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
A believer’s purpose in worship is to draw near to a Holy God.
God gives His people the opportunity to see His glory in worship.
Believers follow God with wholehearted commitment to His will and His ways.
“Moses then said to Aaron, ‘This is what the LORD spoke of when he said: “Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” ‘ Aaron remained silent. “
Have you ever wondered what were God’s plans and purposes for the whole world?
We know that God has set a course for believers… He has determined our destiny and we will become completely Holy because God is Holy. We know that by nature or our flesh that we do not always cooperate with God because He has given us a will so that we can choose to cooperate with Him personally and individually. So what about God’s plan for the rest of the world? He does have a plan for the ages. The Creator of the Universe will bring His creation back to Himself. He uses what we understand as time and He uses His creatures. His story is fascinating!
God’s goal for History…
“And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” – Ephesians 1:9
What does His plan look like?
God’s appointed times and places reveal the bigger picture of His plan for the ages.
Rest is found completely in Jesus Christ.
Redemption is found in Jesus Christ alone.
Our sin died with Jesus Christ and was buried with Him.
Because of Jesus resurrection your resurrection is secure.
Jesus promises His Holy Spirit to all who believe in Him.
Believers must be eagerly anticipating the trumpet call of God.
Jesus Christ will one day restore the world to Himself.
“He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites- all their sins- and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed to the task.” – Leviticus 16:21
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ provides for the forgiveness of sin and removal of sin’s guilt.
What does that look like in your life?
Experiencing God’s forgiveness comes through confession and repentance.
We can be confident that our sins have been forgiven in Christ and our guilt is removed.
Hones confession includes turning away from sin.
Confession reestablishes your relationship with God.
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.” – Galatians 4:4-7
What is true liberty?
What does it mean that God has redeemed me?
How do we live out our freedom?
Are we really free?
God + My Rest = Freedom
Freedom is experienced when we rest in God’s provision.
God + My Obedience = Freedom
Freedom in Christ is found in the freedom to obey HIm.
God + My Commitment = Freedom
Freedom in Christ is found in keeping commitments and promises made to God.
How will you live out your freedom in Christ?
“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.
How will I live in a #f2f relationship with Jesus Christ?
What will that really look like?
A #f2f life that revolves around God gives structure and purpose.
A #f2f life that is set apart to God lives radically different.
A #f2f life that follows God can expect His guidance and presence.
How does your life revolve around God’s purpose, look radically different, and expect God’s guidance and presence?
“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.”
How far are you willing to go with #God in His purpose to transform you life?
Faith and humility prompts us to reach up to a personal, powerful, trustworthy Father.
Faith trusts in God’s sovereignty.
Complaining reveals a lack of faith and leads to your rejection of God’s ability to take care of you.
Humility is a Christ-like quality that comes from a #f2f life with God.
Criticizing others shows a lack of humility and is sometimes rooted in jealousy.
Will you think about your inner world… where the Holy Spirit lives and will you act and react to “things” with His mind?
“With him I speak #f2f, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”
Difficult situations are only opportunities from God; they are there so that you will trust Him and experience His power and His faithfulness.
Great obstacles are great opportunities to believe God.
Refusal to believe in the #OneTrueLivingGod invites His wrath.
There are consequences to forfeiting God’s opportunities that always involve others.
We remain on the edge of all that God has promised when we focus on the wrong things…
“If the LORD is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.”
Whose god is the true God?
Who or what has real authority?
How do we know?
Submission to God’s rule in the life of a believer is necessary to give structure and purpose.
Courageous believers stand for the Truth.
God’s Word is always the authority in your life.
Self-centered authority defies God’s authority in your life.
God affirms His authority in His chosen leaders.
Believers are washed and made pure before God in Christ alone.
“If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
God’s privileged leaders don’t have the privilege to disobey.
Believers will face obstacles when doing God’s work and must rely on God for direction.
Sin always has serious consequences, but God extends grace to His people.
“But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.’ “
God’s providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.
What does that look like in your life?
God is faithful to His people and His plan… belief in Him leads to confidence and security in Him and in all of life.
God redeems past failures and gives confidence to move forward in present faith!
God provides a cure for sin by grace through faith in the Cross of Christ!
God gives physical and spiritual victories when we seek, trust, and obey Him!
“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.’ “
How great have you seen God’s love for you this week?
The love of God is found in a person… the person of Jesus Christ…not everyone believes that and many chase after other people, other things, anything else they can think of…
The love of God is limitless…
God is sovereign and cannot be controlled or manipulated.
God always does what God determines to do, and what happens is what He has determined.
God searches His people for those who are willing to be passionate for His honor.
“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?
How can God use you today to change the world for Him?
God is faithful from generation to generation. He is always at work raising-up a new generation of leaders to serve Him wholeheartedly, to challenge them and to show them His mercy, and by revealing His faithfulness along the journey.
#God prepares the #nextgeneration to serve Him wholeheartedly.
#God prepares the #nextgeneration through His steadfast mercy.
#God prepares the #nextgeneration by revealing His faithfulness along the journey.
“Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.”
What does it look like to love God and obey Him?
Rehearse the Past and Remember God’s faithfulness…
Reflection on the past is necessary for obedience in the future.
Respond to the Present and Remember God’s Words…
Knowing what the Bible says is necessary for you to love and obey God.
Renew for the Future and Remember God’s requirements…
Promises made to God are to be kept.
“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
God shapes us from the inside out and sometimes He has to turn us inside out to do it!
How has God been working in you and around you?
God gives timeless truths to be obeyed by #allgenerations to help us make the right choices.
#God warns His people to be aware of and repent from all sin.
#God reveals who He is and what He is like so you can choose obedience.
#God sets before you Life or Death the choice is yours. #ChooseLife!
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
God abundantly satisfies His people when they serve in the role for which He created them.
How are you finding satisfaction in God as you serve Him?
Life is a training ground for eternity, and in eternity we will be serving God forever. We must take advantage of this time of preparation and instruction and along the way develop others to serve with us.
God is my Strength!
God’s word promises His presence and provides strength to fulfill His purpose for your life.
God is my Song!
Following God’s words bring refreshment and renewal to my life.
God is my Salvation!
God’s word will sustain you until the very end.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
What does it look like to live a legacy?
Our greatest legacy is people who follow God and perpetuate Truth.
Blessings in Life
Leaving others with the #Truth and #Favor of #God is a great and lasting legacy.
Blessings in Death
Leaving others who seek to know and love #God #f2f is a great and lasting legacy.
“Since them, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew #f2f.”