This is a testimony of one of our CBSM teens who went through the tragic EF-5 tornado on April 27, 2011 in Harvest, AL. Here, she tells her story of how she lost her home and her dad. Her hope in Christ is unbelievable!
Our students had tons of questions from the Doctrine of Providence series. So here is how we answer their super tough questions to this crazy deep doctrine. Here are some questions:
Does God still send catastrophes to discipline nations or people for sin?
How can God use natural catastrophes like earthquakes and hurricanes to cause certain people to have the opportunity to change so that they follow God’s will, but at the same time cause great destruction or death for others that apparently are already following God’s will in the same affected area?
How do you choose between multiple options of good things for God’s will?
Since God has it all planned out, should I just quit applying to so many colleges?
If God already knows what is going to happen in the future, then why does He have a will for our lives?
If God is in control, then we’re just finger puppets. If God gives us choices, then God is out of control. Which is it?
Does God have us a specific person for us to marry?
Does God get tired of hearing same prayers?
Why does a sov wise God answer prayers of dumb humans?
If God is all knowing and does not change His mind, how does prayer change His mind?
This is a video about common questions to prayer that were answered in our sermon that night.
sermon intro video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjxw92zNYRQ
Our last installment in the doctrine of providence series was on prayer. With understanding God as providentially in control, and His will for our lives…the question remains: what good does prayer do to change the mind of a sovereign God? So this message was all about how to pray effectively to make a difference.
This video is of one of our students who is graduating with tons of tough questions about life and his future to be answered.
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2 – Doctrine of Providence – God’s Will (sermon)
2 – Doctrine of Providence – God’s Will (outline)
2 – Doctrine of Providence – God’s Will (service)
2 – Doctrine of Providence – God’s Will (small groups)
Sermon Intro Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-7P4iE4Doo
I’ve often heard it said that today’s teenagers have two top questions: How can I be sure I’m really saved? And, how can I know for sure what God’s will is for my life? This sermon seeks to answer both of those questions, but it mostly centers on God’s individual will for our lives. This sermon will cover what God’s will is not, what the definition of God’s will is, different aspects of God’s will, and how we can know what God’s will is for us personally. I pray this helps your life and ministry!
In this sermon, we tried to biblically answer tough questions like: How could a good God allow evil? Why would God create Satan knowing he would lead the world into sin? Why would God create Adam with an ability to sin and allow Him to sin knowing Adam would drag down the world with him? If God loves life and hates death, why would God demand death after Adam sinned? If God seemingly loves me, why does He allow hurt, suffering, pain, and evil in my life?
This last Wednesday’s sermon was pretty deep. So, here’s a short attempt to summarize it simply. There are lots of tough questions when it comes God’s providence. The two toughest questions that we covered were why would God create Satan knowing he would cause the world to be cursed with sin, and why would God create Adam, put everything under his feet as the head of the creation, and allow him to fall into sin. Obviously God knew that this would happen. The best way to explain this is understanding the “Greater Good Theory.” The Greater Good Theory says that God IS God so He MUST always do what is absolutely best. God cannot even choose what is second best because He is God who always does what IS best. God’s best is what glorifies Him most, and what glorifies God most is a world that brings glory to His Son. So, why did God create Satan and allow him to sin? It seems it is because that is God’s BEST way to bring glory to Himself by the whole world seeing all sides of His character: love, mercy, grace, judgment, wrath, forgiveness, etc. God’s greatest good was to create a world with the potential to sin so that He could show off every characteristic of His nature. Why did God create Adam with the ability to sin knowing full well what would happen? It is because God’s greatest good was to create Adam while full-well knowing that Jesus would take His place with everything under his feet. That is this last Wednesday night in a nutshell. God can only do what is absolutely best. God absolute best is the glory of His Son being supremely displayed, and the best what for that to happen was to bring about the greatest good with the world He has created and sustained. Deep stuff!