One of the great treasures of the Old Testament is how it helps us understand the true nature and character of God. There are many things that distort our understanding of God's nature: the character of our own human fathers, our tendency to make God into something He is not, and Satan's consistent attack, trying to deceive us to believe God is different than He truly is. Ezekiel 18 provides a beautiful picture of God, communicating His great mercy and kindness offered to all mankind. May this help us grasp God's nature in a deeper way, and transform how we view and treat others.
Does God treat everyone the same, or does He play favorites? James A. Harding, an inspiring Christian teacher and preacher, tackled this question in the early 1900's and provided a startling and unforgettable answer. That answer takes us to Scripture that teaches us much about the character of God, as well as what can be expected by those devoted to and treasured by Him.
(To learn more about Harding's inspiring life and convictions, see James A. Harding, Evangelist and Teacher by John Mark Hicks)
Many wrestle with the goodness of God. If God is good, why does He allow evil things to happen? This might lead one to conclude that God is not all powerful, otherwise he certainly would stop evil from happening. In fact, it often seems good people experience much bad, while people who engage in evil seem blessed. This lesson explores the nature of God, what the Scriptures teach about His goodness, and how He works to bring about both justice and mercy in His timing.
In Genesis 5 we are introduced to Noah, "a righteous man, who was perfect in his generation and well-pleasing to God", yet lived during a time of great wickedness. We look at whether the story of the flood is merely a fable, or instead the greatest disaster in human history....
In this lesson, we take a short break from our study in the book of Corinthians to look at the concepts of faith and grace, two of the most misunderstood and misused terms in Scripture. This lesson provides a Biblical definition of these terms, explains how they are used in the Old and New Testaments, and demonstrates why our correct understanding of faith and grace is critical to our walk with God and our very salvation.