10 The Only True GodGod the Father - Our Provider!
INTRODUCTION Imagine a local company is offering$1,000,000 to the person that can justify hisor her need for it the most. You will have 5 minutes to submit a list on paper. When I say “go” - begin writing. Now imagine that we had to select one candidate from all of you for you to receive the $. What would we use as a criteria? How many of you would qualify? How would you respond if you were the winner?
STUDYING GOD’S WORDWhat does our heavenly Father do to provide for us?
Matthew 6:25-2725 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry aboutyour life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the bodymore important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap orstore away in barns, and yet your heavenlyFather feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
God the Father provides us WITH FOOD AND DRINK - Think about how the U.S. has dropped hundreds of thousands of food rations into Afghanistan. There are millions that need to be feed each day. You might think that is a lot of people tofeed. However, God does an even greater miracle. He provides for billions of people here on the earth.
Matthew 6:28-30 28 “And why do you worry about clothes?See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor wasdressed like one of these. 30 If that is howGod clothes the grass of the field, which ishere today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
God the Father provides us WITH CLOTHING. No loving mother would say to her child when the child is four yearsold, “I’m not going to give you any clothes from now on. You have to take care ofyourself.” God didn’t just make the worldand then tell people that they had to fendfor themselves. No, God even takes care of us by giving us clothing.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all graceabound to you, so that in all things at alltimes, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
God the Father provides us ALL WENEED. How many of you have beenwithout clothing? How many of youhave ever had to sleep on the streetbecause you didn’t have a place tosleep? Have you had to go naked, unfed, etc? We have not lackedanything for even one day out of the thousands of days we have lived.
God our heavenly Father providesus with all that we need every day.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Evaluate this statement - If Godwithdrew his preserving hand for even amoment, the world would disappear intooblivion. Agree or Disagree and why? If weremember that God provides our clothing,we won’t complain if the clothing we haveis not exactly what we want.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How does God provide for us?
John 6:3-13 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Feast was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,“Where shall we buy bread for these peopleto eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was goingto do. 7 Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
John 6:3-138 Another of his disciples, Andrew, SimonPeter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boywith five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among somany?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
John 6:3-13 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them andfilled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
God can provide for us by DOING A MIRACLE. Remember when God’s people were wandering in thewilderness, God had manna appear inthe morning and they miraculously had quail to eat for meat. God also made water come out of a rock for a million plus people. If necessary, God could do that for us too.
Psalm 104:14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, andplants for man to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:
God provides for us by MAKING THINGS GROW. Think of the many different kinds of plants that grow in our world. There are grains that feed us and the animals andthere are fruits and vegetables. Think of the cotton and rubber plants that provide us with clothing and other products. Think of the birds, fish, and animals that multiply to provide us with many different kinds of meat. None of these things grow by chance. God makes them grow to provide each of us with what we need.
While God can provide for usthrough miracles, he usually does so just by making things grow.
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARYMiracle: A wonder or unusual happeningbrought about by God beyond the naturalorder of things.Providence: (Provide) God the Father’sactivity of supplying everything that weneed to keep our body in this life.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How does our Heavenly Fatherwant us to show our appreciation?
Psalm 118:1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
God wants us to simply THANK HIM. A little child can’t do anything to repaymother or father for taking care of him so well. But every mother and father loves to hear a child simply say, “Thank you,Mommy or Daddy!” Our heavenly Fatheralso loves to hear us say a simple “Thank You, heavenly Father.” Think of how wonderful it would be if each of us said that daily. Thank Him in prayer.
Psalm 103:1-2 1 Of David. Praise the LORD, O my soul;all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits— God also wants us to PRAISE HIM.Doesn’t it feel good when someone praises you for doing something great. Our heavenly Father is glad to hear our songs and prayers or praise to him for all his goodness to us.
Psalm 119:56-57 56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. Heth 57 You are my portion, OLORD; I have promised to obey your words.
God also wants us to OBEY HIM. If you want to show someone that you really appreciate a special gift they give you, what is one sure way besides saying thank you? Wouldn’t it be to gladly dosomething for them - things they ask youto do without complaining? We show our appreciation by what we do according to God’s Word.
We can show our appreciation for our heavenly Father’s goodnesstoward us by thanking, praising and obeying Him.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE If we compare your home to that ofa king who lived in ancient times, which one do you think would be the betterhome to live in? Give examples why. What does this impress on us about how richly God preserves us?
STUDYING GOD’S WORDWhat does our heavenly Father do to protect us?
Psalm 121:1-8 1 A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will notslumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shadeat your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watchover your life; 8 the LORD will watch over yourcoming and going both now and forevermore.
God protects us by watching over usconstantly. If you ever had to baby-sit for a one year old, you know how much trouble they can get into without evenknowing that they are getting into trouble. You have to watch them constantly and keep them in your sight. God needs to watch us constantly, because we do things that we don’t even know that weare getting in trouble for. God is a perfect babysitter. He always watches and has the power to protect us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things Godworks for the good of those who lovehim, who have been called according to his purpose.
If trouble does come into our lives, God turns it out in some way for our good. After Joseph’s brothers sold him fromprison, God gave him the highest position in Egypt, and used him to save all of Egypt as well as Joseph’s family fromstarvation. Remember, it is the same God who is protecting you!
Psalm 91:10-1110 then no harm will befall you, nodisaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
God sends his angels TO GUARD US SO THAT NO HARM COMES NEARUS. Because angels don’t have bodies, we might feel that they don’t exist. Butthey were there protecting you in the last accident that almost happened to you. God send them to protect you.
God protects us by constantlywatching over us and sending out His angels to guard us and Hemakes sure all things turn out for our good.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or disagree and why?Sometimes God actually causes badthings to happen so that he has a chanceto use them for our good. HYMNOLOGY Hymn 260 Let All Things Now Living
ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIMEREVIEWING THE LESSON1. Review your notes; be sure you understand them. Be prepared for a written or oral quiz. Don’t forget about the vocabulary words!2. Make a flashcard for and memorize Psalm 118:1 and Romans 8:28. Be able to put the passage into your own words or answer questions concerning it.3. In your journals: Write a prayer of thanks to God for providing for you and protecting you with His angels.PREPARING FOR THE NEXT LESSONAsk your parents to help you with the following activity:1. Complete the Bible History Worksheet.Learn the First ArticleBe able to put the remainder of the Meaning to the First Article in your own - makesure to be more thorough than brief.
11 The Only True God God the Son - Our Substitute STUDYING GOD’S WORD Who is Jesus Christ our Substitute?
Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, Romans 9:5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!
1 John 4:9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son intothe world that we might live through him. According to the bolded portions of those passages, what does the Bible call Jesus Christ?
John 11:43,44When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Thedead man came out, his hands and feetwrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Mark 6:41-44 He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces ofbread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Mark 1:34 Jesus healed many who had variousdiseases. He also drove out many demons. Do these passages support the fact that Jesus is true God? If so, how?
STUDYING GOD’S WORD 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Romans 9:5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them istraced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!
Romans 5:15 If the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’sgrace and the gift that came by the graceof the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! According to the bolded portions ofthose verses, what else does the Bible call Jesus Christ?
Mark 11:12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. John 19:28 Later, knowing that all was nowcompleted, and so that the Scripturewould be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."
John 4:6Jacobs well was there, and Jesus, tiredas he was from the journey, sat down by the well. Galatians 4:4God sent his son, born of a woman.Do these passages support your answer that Jesus is man? If so, how?
Jesus Christ our substitute is true God and true man in one person.
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARYIncarnation: (“in the flesh”) The virginwas impregnated by the Holy Spirit andthe Son of God took on humanity. Hebecame true God and man in one person.Substitute: Someone who takes theplace of another to accomplish what couldnot be carried out by the first.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD When did Jesus become bothGod and man in one person?
Matthew 1:20,23 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 23 “Thevirgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
Colossians 2:9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, Jesus became both God and mantogether in one person at the sametime when he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (Incarnation)
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFEAgree or disagree and why? Jesus ishalf man and half God in one person.Agree or disagree and why? The truththat Jesus is both true God and true manin one person is a miracle which we reallycan’t understand.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD What is the first reason Jesusbecame both God and man in one person?
Galatians 4:4 God sent his son, born of a woman. Hebrews 4:15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with ourweaknesses, but we have one who hasbeen tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so alsothrough the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Jesus became the God / man so that he could be subject to God’s law and keep it for us
STUDYING GOD’S WORD What is another reason that Jesusbecame both God and man in one person?
Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death hemight destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
Jesus became true man so that he could die. If Jesus was only true Godhe would be eternal and could not die.It may not seem like a good reason tobecome man, but Jesus knew what he had to do to save us.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus comingtoward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus was God so that His death would pay for the sins of all people. I could say to God, “I will die as a substitute for mydaughters sins.” But it would do no good. The death of one person, even a good person, would not be enough to take the sins away of anyone. That is why Jesushad to be God. His death was punishment enough for the sins of everyone in the world. As God he could do what we are not able to do.
Jesus also became both God andman so that he could do and by hisdeath pay for the sins of the world.
Flow chart of the God / Man JesusChrist JESUS’ PERSON TRUE MAN TRUE GOD for the Bible calls him man for the Bible calls him God he did human things (such as eat and he did things only God can do and sleep) he has divine attributes (such as he has a body and soul being all-knowing, holy, etc combined in one person through the INCARNATION so that...... he could be born under under the law ... he could keep the law perfectly ... he could die ... his sacrifice would be valuable enough to ransom all people
FOOD FOR THOUGHT If God had been interested in savingthe elephants of this world, he would have sent his Son Jesus and had him take on the form of an elephant. While such a thought is absolutely ridiculous, nonetheless, it does show us why Jesus needed to take on a human nature, being born of a woman. He did it to be our substitute in every way.
As our substitute, Jesus lived forus that perfectly sinless life which God demands we live, but simply can’t. While on this earth Jesus did not sin one time against the law of God. We call this Jesus’ “active obedience”.This is what Jesus actively did for us.
Secondly, as our substitute, Jesus died an innocent death on the cross. He allowed himself to be killed. This we callhis “passive obedience”. This is what heallowed people to do to him. Being free ofsins himself, he was able to carry the sinsof the world, including yours and mine, on his shoulders.
If you ask people what Jesus had to do to forgive the sins of the world, theywould say, “He had to die on the cross.” Their answer is only half right. Yes, Jesus had to die on the cross. Butbefore that, he also had to live a sinlesslife. We need to remember that both his perfect life and his innocent death were necessary for him to be our perfect substitute.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or disagree and why? IfJesus were not true God and true man inone person, he could not have saved us. Agree or disagree and why? Jesussaved us by living a sinless life.
HYMNOLOGY Hymn 393 If Your Beloved Son, O God ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIMEREVIEWING THE LESSON1. Review your notes; be sure you understand them. Be prepared for a written or oral quiz. Don’t forget about the vocabulary words!2. Make a flashcard for and memorize Galatians 4:4 and Romans 5:19. Be able to put the passage into your own words or answer questions concerning it.3. In your journals: Stop and think about some of the things that you repeatedly do imperfectly. In your journal write a few paragraphs of thanks to Jesus for the things He did for you perfectly. ( Ex. - I am thankful that Jesus prayed perfectly for me because I forget to pray all the time... )PREPARING FOR THE NEXT LESSONAsk your parents to help you with the following activity:1. Complete the Bible History Worksheet.2. Learn the First Article in its entirety. (Yes, start to finish)