inCredible – Part 4 – Loving or vengeful?
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 19, 2019
God is supposed to be all loving. So does he approve of all the terrible events detailed in the Bible?
Brookside Banter follow up video
In this Brookside Banter video, we address some questions that came out of this week’s content.
Life Group Study Guide
Who did you most enjoy spending time with when you were a child? What was it about this person that made you want to be with them?
- Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
- How do you personally deal with the difficult events recorded in the Bible?
• They are a significant barrier to embracing faith in Jesus
• They challenge my faith, so I try not to think about them
• I try to avoid conversations about them with others, I don’t really have a good way to explain them.
• I feel comfortable with them, in the sense that I have reasonable answers for them
• I am comfortable helping someone else process them
• This week’s teaching has helped me better understand these issues
- How familiar are you with the idea that the Bible records more than it affirms, that some parts of the Bible are only descriptive of what took place, rather than prescriptive (i.e., ‘do this!’)? How does this help you process some of the terrible things that took place in the Bible, such as Solomon marrying 100’s of women, or the tragic events of Judges 19 (don’t read if you are squeamish)?
- Read Exodus 34:5-7. God reveals Himself in the Bible as mercifully patient and forgiving, as well as just in punishing sin. Why do you think these are hard to reconcile?
- The Bible reveals that all have sinned and are deserving of God’s punishment (Romans 3:23) but that in His mercy God has provided a way for people to escape that punishment and receive eternal life in stead (Romans 6:23). The way we move from death to life (John 5:24) is by faith expressed through repentance (Acts 2:38). How does this help you come to terms with God’s actions and plans?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?