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
Foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament
God works in both Old Testament and New Testament times. The one true, eternal living God is God of both testaments. The totality of the Bible is God’s story. In the Old Testament, God forecasts what he will do in the future and who the Messiah will be and what he will do. The New Testament records the fulfillment of these promises and prophecies. The Bible is one big story of God revealing himself to man and working to bring about his plans for man.
Two-thirds of the Bible is the Old Testament where God says many times, “Someone is coming.” He will be a prophet like Moses to whom all the people should listen (Deut. 18:18). He will rebuildthe house of David and rule as king and priest (2 Sam. 7; Psa. 110). He will be the suffering servant of the Lord on whom our sins will be laid (Isa. 53). God will establish his eternal kingdom through him and all peoples, nations and languages will serve him (Dan. 2:44: 7:13-14). God will bring in a new covenant, written in the heart and remember sins no more (Jer. 31:31-34). These are just a few of the many prophecies and promises God makes in the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus.
The New Testament begins with the ministry of John the Baptist who preaches loudly and boldly, “Repent, the time has arrived. The king and his kingdom are here” (Matt. 3:1-3). John introduces Jesus of Nazareth to the world as “the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”(John 1:19-29). Throughout his ministry, Jesus quoted from the Old Testament and said that all the things written about him must be fulfilled. At least sixteen times, the first gospel, Matthew, writes of prophecies being “fulfilled” by the ministry of Jesus (as in 4:14 and 8:17). His disciples (or followers) did not understand how Jesus could be both a king who rules and reigns and a suffering servant who dies (Matt. 16:21-24). Jesus told his disciples at least three times that he would be killed and then raised from the dead (Mark 8:31; 9:9, 31; 10:34) but they did not comprehend what that meant. After his resurrection, he appeared to them and their joy was mixed with unbelief (Lk. 24:41). Jesus interpreted to them the meaning of all things written about him in the Old Testament, including his suffering, death and victory as a result of his resurrection (Lk. 24:26-27, 44-47). Notice how Jesus said that “all the prophets” and “all the Scriptures” speak of him: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (24:27). Apostolic preaching to the Jewish people focused on how Jesus fulfilled and completed the meaning of the prophecies in the Old Testament (as in Acts 2, 13, and 17:1-4). The book of Hebrews is a thorough treatment of how God completes his will for us in Jesus, a will that was prefigured and prophetically pictured in Old Testament worship.