LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
PREPARE AND PRESENT LESSON 1
A WRITING ASSIGNMENT
TO DR. PAUL JACOBS
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR DSMN 601
DEPARTMENT OF CHURCH HISTORY
13 APRIL 2013
Dear Lord, We humbly come before you today and bow in your presence. We ask that you join us in our study today and open our minds and hearts to the lesson that is presented today. Father, I pray that You send Your Spirit and that He speaks through me today and that you bless the conversations and discussions that we have with each other. In Jesus’ name we pray – Amen
Good evening Brothers. Tonight we will be looking at a passage in Romans and we will be discussing the sovereignty of God. If you’re not sure what sovereignty means, don’t worry, we will be discussing its meaning and how it affects our lives later on. For now let’s split up into some small groups of about 3 or 4 in each group. Over the next few minutes lets open up to the men in our groups and share some personal experiences where times in our lives seemed to go from bad to worse. Remember we are all here for each outer and if you don’t feel up to sharing, that’s ok, remember we always have this box of rocks over here, by the couch, for the one in here who has never done any wrong in their life. [We keep a box of rocks by the couch, so the one with no sin can cast the first stone.] Time lapse 5 minutes
Ok guys, it’s time to begin todays lesson.
Back when I was a kid my brother and I use to go up to our bedroom and take our comforters off of our beds and throw them up into the air. However they landed became the terrain for our battle of G.I Joes. We would take our G.I. Joes and set them up, in what would seem to be 5 minutes but in all actuality was more like an hour or 2. We would set them up in vehicles, in squads, put snipers on the hills and even make parachutes for our air bombers. Once it was all set up we would have the most chaotic and brutal war the bedroom has ever seen, well since the last epic battle. Looking back it was quite amazing how we both knew everything that happened to each figure. Snake eyes lost an arm or Hawk fell out of the jeep and broke his back. You name it and it happened to these guys but throughout the whole battle we had total recall on our troops and their injuries, and a better account for my brother’s troops and their injuries. That was so he couldn’t cheat, but that’s a different story all together. That was some great fun I had with my brother as we would sit there in our imaginary world and watch over the battle field. God does the same in our lives in Psalm 33:14-15 we read that: 14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do
On a much larger scale than my brother and I and our GI Joes, God sits on His throne in heaven and watches over our lives with great interest. He created us all and considers everything we do on a daily basis. He is actively involved in our lives and He sees all things and knows all things. Let’s move back to that word we hear earlier, sovereignty. Sovereignty means that God, as the ruler of the Universe, has the right to do whatever he wants. Further, he is in complete control over everything that happens. (http://christianity.about.com/od/glossary/a/Sovereignty.htm). When I first looked at this definition I was somewhat bothered especially when I thought of some of those situations in my life when things went from bad to worse. Sometimes in our lives things are not going to work out the way we want them to and it is at this point where we need to believe and understand that God loves us. There comes a point when we have to eliminate out human understandings and just Trust God. God is a perfect God who always keeps His end of a promise. Romans 8:28 is a great example of one of...
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