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?
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 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.
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?
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?
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
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?
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
The significance of sacrifices
Since the beginning, animal sacrifices have been a part of religious devotion. In earliest times in Genesis, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob offered animal sacrifices in worship to God. Later, in the Law of Moses God gave rules for various animal sacrifices. Animals are living creatures with warm blood flowing in their bodies. To sacrifice them and shed their blood represented man giving to God something valuable to him that showed his love and devotion to God. The man was a sinner and instead of the man dying for his sins, the animal died in his place. The blood shed in death was viewed as a substitute or replacement for the man’s punishment of death that he deserved. The innocent animal died for sinful man (“on his behalf,” “in his place”).
God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac was for the purpose of giving Abraham an opportunity to express his total devotion to God. Abraham loved Isaac. For Abraham to obey God in giving him up would show how much he loved and trusted God. This would show that he loved God more than anything else in the world, even more than he loved his son. The value of this sacrifice is emphasized by the way God phrased the command: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love” (Genesis 22:2). After Abraham showed total willingness to obey God, God said, “Now I know that you fear God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son from me” (22:12).
God sent Jesus into the world to die as a sacrifice for our sins. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15). “Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). “Christ himself suffered for sins once. He was not guilty, but he suffered for those who are guilty to bring you to God” (I Peter 3:18, NCV). “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. 5 All glory to God forever and ever!” (Galatians 1:4-5, NLT).
In reality, no animal sacrifice could forgive our sins. The book of Hebrews contrasts the gifts and sacrifices of the Law of Moses with the sacrifice of Jesus. The writer states that “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (10:4). Since “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (9:22), and the blood of animals cannot cleanse man’s conscience, then Jesus “has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sins by the sacrifice of himself” (9:26). Christ was “offered once to bear the sins of many” (9:28). He “offered himself for all time as a single sacrifice for sins” (10:12).
The offering of Jesus was a one-time sacrifice sufficient to forgive the sins of all mankind forever. “God so loved the world”—the entire world of lost and sinful humanity. This is the gospel (“the good news”) of how God puts men right with himself. This message is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:17). The Apostle Paul explains:
The one-time, perfect sacrifice of Jesus for our sins demonstrates how much God loves us. “For God so [‘to such an extent’] loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). All of heaven praises Jesus saying, “Worthy are you. . .for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9). No wonder, Paul, realizing the magnitude and fullness of God’s precious grace, can exclaim, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).