Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Sept- 12- The Case for God-s Existence
August 25 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Psalm 19:1-6; Acts 17:22-29; Hebrews 1:1-2

I could summarize this lesson in one verse: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Ps. 14:1b, RSV). Case closed.

God doesn’t need our defense. He doesn’t need us to plead his case. He is God.

Need some proof?

Try reading Job 38-41 out loud and see for yourself. It begins with the Lord answering Job out of the storm. God said, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?

“Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!” (Job 38:2-5a, NIV).

I’ll try to keep my commentary on this lesson simple and straight to the point.

The Bible begins and ends with God in charge:
  • “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1, NIV).
  • “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…He who was seated on the throne said … I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 21:1, 5-6, NIV).
I would say God has an airtight case concerning this matter on His existence.

But in the event there is someone out there who actually needs further evidence, our focal passages point us to four witnesses to the existence of God:

1) Nature points us to God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Ps. 19:1, NIV).

Paul made it abundantly clear: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — His eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20, NIV).

2) The Bible is God’s Holy Word.
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Heb. 1:1, NIV).

3) Jesus is the Living Word. “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb. 1:2a, NIV). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Jn. 1:1, 14, NIV).

4) Our spirits bear witness to God. Paul told the Athenians who were worshipping an unknown god, “Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23b, NIV).

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8, NIV).   
8/25/2010 5:08:00 AM by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church | with 1 comments




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There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working ,great job!
9/9/2010 5:31:11 AM