Wondering What to Believe?
Does Nature Give Proof of God?8 Digging Deeper
Can I Hear God's Voice?8 Digging Deeper
- Does God Care About My Concerns?
- Best practices for a thriving relationship.
- God wants us to know Him
- Ways that God communicates to us today.
- God gives us scriptures through men.
- Life changing love letter from God.
- God provides us a way for a relationship with Him through Jesus.
- Are you too busy for God?
Can I Trust the Bible?7 Digging Deeper
- Is it possible for us to know if the Bible is true?
- The differences and similarities between faith and trust.
- The significance in the magnitude of New Testament manuscripts compared to other ancient manuscripts.
- How large numbers of discovered manuscripts support the authenticity of the Bible.
- Why do you think about the very small (.001) part of critical textual variations found in the New Testament?
- How has the Bible impacted your life?
- Do you trust the Bible?
Who is God?8 Digging Deeper
- God reveals himself throughout time so that people can worship the one true God.
- Evidences of the Existence of God.
- A God that always keeps his word.
- God’s ways above our ways.
- The Truth of God’s Nature.
- God is a loving, caring, beneficent God.
- A God that is God is long-suffering and forgiving.
- Striving to become more like God.
Who Am I?7 Digging Deeper
What is the Meaning of Life?7 Digging Deeper
- What is the meaning of your life? What is your purpose?
- How Jesus brings meaning to our lives.
- How does knowing Jesus will judge both the good and the bad in our lives impact the way we live?
- What do you make of the reading from Ecclesiastes 5:15?
- What do you want to be said about your life when you’re gone?
- How our understanding of the meaning of our life impact the way we live.
- What would you say was the meaning of the life you’ve lived so far?
Is there a Right and Wrong?7 Digging Deeper
- The different standards for determining what is right and what is wrong.
- Is it in our nature to know what is right and wrong?
- Is right and wrong discerned by each person for themselves or is it ultimately determined by a higher authority?
- What to do in a situation where two people have different beliefs on what is right and wrong?
- Is there a standard when determining what is right and wrong?
- Is the Bible is our absolute moral standard for topics such as honesty, sexuality, the value of human life?
- Do you believe you can determine with absolute certainly what is right and wrong?
Who Wrote the Bible?8 Digging Deeper
- The Truth in the Bible.
- The Origin of the Bible
- The single author behind the many writers in the Bible.
- God foreshadowing discoveries made in today’s world.
- Why people downplay the evidences in the Bible.
- Foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament
- Using doubt as an excuse to not change.
- What it means to have faith in the Bible.
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
A God that is God is long-suffering and forgiving.
If any of us will look honestly inside our hearts, we will see how flawed, imperfect, and selfish we are. If God were not longsuffering and forgiving, we would be without hope because of the many messes we have made in our life. Maybe he would have abandoned or even destroyed us long ago. We need God’s mercy and grace to forgive us and his guidance and strength to help us live better and more in harmony with his will. That’s why we now live lives filled with praises to God. Eventually, when this life is over, all his people will praise him forever, as seen in the worship praises in Revelation chapters 4 and 5 (quoted above in question 7).
The life of faith is one that loves and imitates God. The Apostle John encourages us, “As he is, so also are we in this world” (I John 4:17, CSB). The Apostle Peter urged believers, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (I Peter 1:15-16, NIV). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:1-2, ESV). Another translation reads, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (NIV).
Gratitude to God for what he has done and is doing for us motivates us to follow him and become like him in our lives. The Apostle Paul expressed it this way:
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV).
Paul continued that thought when he wrote, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord” (5:8-10).
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul writes that appreciation to God for what he has done for us in Jesus motivates us to follow Christ in everything. In our conversion to Christ, we died spiritually to the ways, values and habits of the world without God (Colossians 2:20; 3:9-10). We were buried with Christ in baptism and raised to live a new life in Christ by the powerful working of God who forgave our sins (Colossians 2:11-14). Now we live a new life in Christ where we set our minds on Christ to follow him in everything (3:1-4). He writes, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (3:12, NIV). We “forgive as the Lord forgave” us (3:13). We act in a loving way in everything (3:14). We let the will of Christ lead and direct our lives (3:15-16). We do everything in the name of Jesus Christ (3:17). Our marriages, families and daily work are to honor Jesus in everything (Colossians 3:18-4:1; he elaborates more on this in Ephesians 5:22-6:9).
The more we focus on God, the more we want to be like him in his holiness, love, mercy, kindness and forgiveness. The more we know about God, the more we will believe in him. The more we believe in him, the better we will love him. The more we love him, the better we will serve him. The better we serve him, the more God is glorified (meaning, the more he is praised, honored and worshiped).