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This is a lesson in the Crossroads programme, a discipleship programme written by Dr Kevin Smith and offered by the South African Theological Seminary. This lesson is about the goodness of God.

This is a lesson in the Crossroads programme, a discipleship programme written by Dr Kevin Smith and offered by the South African Theological Seminary. This lesson is about the goodness of God.

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  • The Doctrine of God 2 - Goodness
  • Introduction
  • Introduction• In your mental picture of God, what is he like?• If you were to choose 10 words to describe God, which words would you choose?
  • Introduction• In your mental Labels are libels! picture of God, what • We have different is he like? emotional experiences• If you were to of the same labels. choose 10 words to • Therefore, even a describe God, which word like ‘father’ can words would you lead us to wrong choose? images of God.
  • Labels are LibelFor some, this is their image of ‘father’.
  • Labels are LibelBut for others …
  • IntroductionYou desperately need tohave a biblical balanced benevolentmental portrait of God
  • Exodus 34:6-7And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed,“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious,longsuffering, and abounding in goodness andtruth keeping mercy for thousands, forgivinginiquity and transgression and sin, by no meansclearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of thefathers upon the children and the children’schildren to the third and the fourth generation.”
  • Lesson OutlineGod is holyGod is trueGod is love
  • 1. God is Holy
  • God is HolyWe are going to look at: A. The Meaning of Holiness B. Its Relationship to Righteousness C. Holiness in Action D. Responding to God’s Holiness
  • The Meaning of Holiness• The basic meaning of the word ‘holy’ is separate.• God is holy in the sense that he is separate from creation; he is unique.• God is holy in the sense that he is separate from sin; he is pure.
  • The Meaning of HolinessAs a quality of God’s goodness, holinessrefers to the fact that he is completelyseparate from sin. It refers to his absolutemoral purity and goodness (Erickson).
  • Its Relationship to RighteousnessHoliness is related to righteousness:Holiness RighteousState: God is holy Action: God does rightRelationship to evil Relationship to creation
  • Holiness in ActionThree dimensions of God’s holiness: 1. The Justice of God 2. The Wrath of God 3. The Fairness of God
  • Holiness in Action Justice Legal Side Wrath FairnessEmotional Side Relational Side
  • Holiness in Action1. The Justice of God: 1 Peter 1:17 legal holiness Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
  • Holiness in Action1. The Justice of God: Romans 1:18 legal holiness The wrath of God is being2. The Wrath of God: revealed from heaven emotional holiness against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
  • Holiness in Action1. The Justice of God: Acts 10:34-35 legal holiness Then Peter began to2. The Wrath of God: speak: “I now realize how emotional holiness true it is that God does not show favouritism but3. The Fairness of God: accepts men from every relational holiness nation who fear him and do what is right.”
  • Responding to Holiness1. We should approach God with reverence and awe.2. We should be motivated to live holy lives.3. We should recognise our need for a Saviour.4. We should find comfort and caution in the wrath of God.
  • Responding to Holiness5. We should be consoled in knowing there is ultimate justice in this world.6. We should find security in the assurance that God always does what is right.7. We should treat all people fairly and impartially regardless of race, creed, gender or social status.
  • 2. God is True
  • God is True God is ‘true’ in Genuine three senses; he isHonest • genuine Faithful • honest • faithful God is True
  • God is TRUEGenuine Honest FaithfulTrue to True to True to hishimself reality wordGod is truth God tells truth God lives truthThe one The God The trust-true God of truth worthy God
  • 3. God is Love
  • Exodus 34:6-7And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed,“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious,longsuffering, and abounding in goodness andtruth keeping mercy for thousands, forgivinginiquity and transgression and sin, by no meansclearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of thefathers upon the children and the children’schildren to the third and the fourth generation.”
  • God is LOVEA. He is merciful (‘merciful’)B. He is gracious (‘gracious’)C. He is patient (‘longsuffering’)D. He is kind (‘goodness’)
  • God is Love Mercy Grace Patience KindnessGod’s love in God’s love in God’s love in God’s love in relation to relation to relation to relation to suffering sin stubbornness successGod gives us God does not God hates to God loves towhat we do give us what curse blessnot deserve we do deserve
  • Conclusion
  • Summary1. God is holy, which defines his relation to evil.2. God is true, which defines his relation to reality.3. God is love, which defines his relation to people.