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God has higher goals in sending Jesus to die for us than we normally think. This incomplete perspective greatly weakens our trust of His involvement in our lives. Learning these two major purposes, on the other hand, will certainly help you rethink your Christian lives!
God was doing something special among humanity as evidenced by His willingness not to destroy every one. Both the flood and His call to Abraham around 2000 BC. Exemplify this. Clearly God was not in a rush, but by design He was shaping a people that knew, loved and served Him.
God was willing to work with the rebellious human race despite all of their weaknesses. His purpose, at times, might not be too obvious but with all the times God spoke of ‘blessings’ (seven blessings in Genesis 12:1-3 with Abraham), it intimated that God had good intentions. God was revving up His plan for mankind.
Abraham needed to wait 100 years before having that promised son. God could have made it easier–hassle free, but instead chose this delicate way of carrying out things. Imagine all the shame, frustration and disappointment Abram and Sarai experienced. God was creating significant moments of appreciation and awe. These are the things that make for deep friendships.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age” (Genesis 21:3-7).
Part of this book, Redemption Through the Scriptures, is on the web (see below), but the completed book with all the other teaching materials including: the full study guide and available videos, audios, and powerpoints are included in the Discipleship 3rd level library along with other third level BFF publications. These resources enable you to not only grow in Christ, be like Christ but also to have Christ's plan lived out through your life! Or check out the book!
God’s willingness to gently work with people is most surprising. This subtle purpose along with His grace lies behind all His relationships with humanity. Each of our lives is similar to a certain degree-our discipleship journey. The Lord did not create the earth so like in a computer game He gets to blow it up.
His hidden agenda must not be forgotten for it hints at God’s motives and purposes behind all His planning. Each time God gently speaks with people, we ought to allow this surprising purpose of God to surface and usher in more hope. This sphere of grace lies behind all the truths that we read of in scripture.
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Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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