(From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
God never changes and His consistency extends to His whole person.
View God’s unchanging character as encouragement for present and
Respect God’s unchanging nature and exercise faith through
If God never changes and His ways never change, what about
technological changes? Are they good or bad?
What about God’s plan for the church (the people)?
What about God’s plan for salvation?
What about God’s plan for anything?
When is change good?
When is change not good?
What do you think about the changes happening in Christianity today?
Summary: Balak, king of Moab, sees Israel. He knows they have won
some important battles. He knows what God did to the Egyptians. He
now faces them and thinking, “We will be destroyed, too.” He
hires Balaam to curse Israel, but the message given to Balaam was
blessing Israel. So Balaam gets another message to give to Balak:
Numbers 23:19-20 (NKJV) God
is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should
repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will
He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He
has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
Name some characteristics of God from Numbers 23:19-20.
Is God going to change His mind concerning Israel?
How can we apply this to our lives?
Numbers 23:27-30 (NKJV) Then
Balak said to Balaam, “Please come, I will take you to another
place; perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from
there.” So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that overlooks the
wasteland. Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven
altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” And
Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on every
Why does Balak keep trying to get God to change His mind?
What is God’s plan for Christians?
Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV) For
the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for
the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior
Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from
every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people,
zealous for good works.
Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV) Therefore
I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what
you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not
life more than food and the body more than clothing? “Look at the
birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into
barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value
than they? “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his
Why does God care about us?
Does God’s standard of Christian living change through the
What about using new technology?
James 1:16-18 (NKJV) Do
not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will
He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of
firstfruits of His creatures.
What characteristic of God is taught here?
Does God’s character change or stay the same?
Theories (overly simplified)
Correspondence theory: something is true if it corresponds to reality
Coherence: something is true because it agrees with what I believe is
Constructivist: truth is what society has struggled with and come to
Consensus: truth is what a group says is truth
Positive: a belief works, so true
Negative: a belief does not work, so false
Nihilism: truth cannot be known
The correspondence theory agrees with Scripture:
By example: Samson: Judges 16:17-18 CSB - he
told her the whole truth and said to her, "My hair has never
been cut, because I am a Nazirite to God from birth. If I am shaved,
my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any
other man." When Delilah realized that he had told her the
whole truth, she sent this message to the Philistine leaders: "Come
one more time, for he has told me the whole truth." The
Philistine leaders came to her and brought the silver with them.
By testimony: Proverbs 12:17 NLT - An
honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies.
By departing from what is true: 2 Timothy 2:18 CSB - They
have departed from the truth, saying that the resurrection has
already taken place, and are ruining the faith of some.
There were over 500 people who saw Jesus alive after He had been
crucified, buried, and resurrected. The group mentioned in this
passage knew that but chose to ignore reality and believe something
Are these verses of Scripture true?
Luke 4:18 (WPNT) The
Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to
evangelize poor people. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
proclaim release to captives and recovery of sight to blind people,
to send those who are oppressed out in freedom.
(If you notice most translations leave out the words He
has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.
Pickering writes: Perhaps
1.5% of the Greek manuscripts, of objectively inferior quality, omit
“to heal the brokenhearted” (as in NIV, NASB, LB, TEV, etc.).
So 98.5% of Greek manuscripts include these words).
John 3:16 (NKJV) For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
James 1:5 CSB - Now
if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God —who gives to all
generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
Does God lie?
The main Greek word for promise is ἐπαγγελίαepangelía
which has the idea of what is said will be done.
What good are God’s promises, if God changes?
Why are promises serious?
2 Peter 3:13 (NKJV) Nevertheless
we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in
which righteousness dwells.
Can we (the church) bring righteousness to the earth?
When will there be righteousness on the earth?
Romans 8:37-39 (WEB) No,
in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who
loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus
What if we feel that God has abandoned us?
How can we use these verses to help someone who feels abandoned by
How important is God’s love?
How should we love?
1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT - This
foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and
God's weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Does God ever fail?
How can God have a foolish plan?
Why is God’s plan always the best?
How does God’s strength encourage you?
According to the Scope of Sequence, we will be studying in 2
The believer’s role as a steward of the gospel.