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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7 Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3 Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5 Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6 Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4 Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5 Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6 Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5 Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6 Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 5, Digging Deeper 1
In Progress

In your experience, what are some things that hinder or make it difficult to fully know God’s will?

What if we do not know where to find God’s will: is it in the Bible, the church, the books and writings of scholars, the religion of our parents and other respected persons or our own reason? Many voices are speaking to us. Do we know which one we should follow? Each voice claims to be “the truth.”

If our faith is in religion or the church, whose church is right? There are thousands of denominations teaching conflicting views. What one, if any, is right?

If our faith is in the Bible, which interpretation is right? There may be but “one faith,” but there are many different views and interpretations of the Bible. How can I know the truth or which one to believe?

It’s also difficult to know the truth because we are prone to follow what we like and to reject what we dislike. Thus, we become our own authority and we do what is right in our own eyes. We make God in our own image and create our own beliefs.

Another reason it is difficult to know the truth is because we do not like change. We tend to follow the comfortable views of our upbringing and the way things have always been for us.

One problem some have is that they are searching for God’s will on matters where he has not revealed himself or for specific details where he has only given general principles. For example, God has given us principles about his will for marriage, how husbands and wives should treat each other and how we should do honest work and provide for our family. However, God has not told us specifically whom we should marry, where we should get married, what kind of wedding we should have, where we should go on a honeymoon, where we should live, what work or career we should enter and how many children we should have. God’s will is that we serve him and obey him in our lives but he has not given us specific instructions on all the details of our lives. He leads us through his revealed word but there are many matters he has not revealed. In these, we must consider the options and prayerfully make the best decisions as we understand them.

Where God has revealed himself, we can be certain of his will. We are to obey his will as it applies to us. Where he has not revealed himself, we should not speculate or speak with certainty. Where God has spoken, we should speak; where he has not spoken, we should be silent. It would be well for us to remember what Moses said to the people of Israel: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).