07 April 2016

Sunday School Lesson--Power to Spare

Power to Spare

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Theme: God is the Almighty


Text: Genesis 17:1-8


A1 Outline

  • B1 God's covenant with Abraham Genesis 17:1-8


A2 Notes and questions

  • B1 Who is God talking to? (Abraham).

  • B2 Who does God reveal things, give messages to, etc.? (Prophets)

  • B3 Is Abraham a prophet? (Yes, Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours. (Genesis 20:7 NKJV).

  • B4 What is a prophet? Amos 3:7

    • C1 The Hebrew word is נָבִיא nâbı̂y' naw-bee' It means prophet and spokesman. The first use is in Genesis 20:7.

    • C2 A spokesperson for God. Some were men, and some were women (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4, Luke 2:36, etc.).

    • C3 Qualifications:

      • D1 A call Amos 7:14-15

      • D2 A ministry Amos 7:15, Ezekiel 2:3-4

      • D3 100% accuracy Deuteronomy 13:1-3,

      • D4 Hatred of sin and love of righteousness

      • D5 Lover of truth

    • C4 Dispensation

      • D1 Old Testament starting with Abraham and continuing to John the Baptist (Matthew 11:9-14) and Anna (Luke 2:36), the widow.

      • D2 New Testament

        • E1 The Apostles

          • F1 Of Jesus Christ, this is the 12 (Matthew 10:2-4, Acts 1:26)

          • F2 Of the church, these are those who lived while the Apostles of Jesus Christ still lived. The Apostles of Jesus Christ could verify that these individuals were apostles. After the Apostle John died, there was no one who could verify people who claimed they were apostles. Compare Romans 1:1, 2 Corinthians 8:23, and Philippians 2:25).

        • E2 Agabus (Acts 11:28 and Acts 21:10) and the daughters of Philip (Acts 21:8-9). These lived before any of the Scripture was written.

    • C5 How do we know if there are prophets today?

      • D1 Their message must be compared to the New Testament writings. If different, the message is false. If true, it is not needed, because we already have that message written to us.

      • D2 False prophets are real. Experiences are real, but is their message true?

  • B5 How old is Abraham?

  • B6 What name does God give Himself?

    • C1 The name "Almighty God" is the Hebrew Original Word: שַׁדָּי Part of Speech: Noun Masculine Phonetic Spelling: (shad-dah'-ee) H7703 and means almighty, the all powerful, omnipotent.

    • C2 Why does God use this name to Abraham? (To emphasize to Abraham that His promises and covenant will happen).

  • B7 The word perfect means blameless. Why does God command this of Abraham? How can we be blameless today?

    • C1 "Jesus said to him, “He that is bathed need only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." (John 13:10, EMTV)

    • C2 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9, EMTV)

  • B8 Why did God change Abram's name to Abraham?

  • B9 Is the covenant that God made with Abraham still in force? (Genesis 17:7 "everlasting").

  • B10 What are the promises of this covenant with Abraham? (The land of possession (Israel) forever, a large amount of descendants, and that He will be their God forever).

  • B11 God's power

    • C1 The problem of evil. Why is there evil in the world, if God is omnipotent, omniscient, and all-loving?

      • D1 It is the curse upon creation because of sin. Genesis 3 especially Genesis 3:13-19

      • D2 It is the natural consequence of bad decisions. Proverbs 11:15, Proverbs 19:15, Genesis 6:5-7, etc.

      • D3 It is the chance happening of disasters because of a cursed world. Luke 13:4-5, John 9, 2 Timothy 4:20, etc.

      • D4 It is because people are sinners (law breakers). Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 17:23, etc.

    • C2 Extent

      • D1 Calvinists believe that God decrees everything that happens and renders it certain. Every rape, murder, death is decreed by God. Every healing, every blessing, every salvation has also been decreed by God.

      • D2 Classical/reformed Arminians believe that God is sovereign in that He can do what He wants, when He wants, how He wants, and no one can change it. Decisions that people make are truly free. People can genuinely resist or not resist salvation.

    • C3 God is the law giver. He is judge. He sentences. These are absolute, and no one can avoid these. God is also redeemer, if one meets His conditions.

    • C4 How does God help people?

      • D1 He sends rain on the just and the unjust. Matthew 5:45, Acts 14:17, etc.

      • D2 He wishes all to be saved, that is, forgiven and reconciled to Himself. 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16, etc.

      • D3 He can heal. He can strengthen. He can encourage, etc.

    • C5 God's power is seen in

      • D1 Creating

      • D2 Miracles

      • D3 Judgment

  • B12 How can our knowledge of God's power, strength, and authority be used to help others?

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