How can a good and all-powerful God allow bad things to happen? Perhaps all of us have wrestled with a question like this at some point in our life. What is the answer? Is there one?
Join us at 10:00 this Sunday at the Polo Club to be involved in this discussion and to learn what God’s Word has to say.
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Here are the notes from our first Bible Study! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. firstname.lastname@example.org. In Kitwe you can text or call me on 0976153466.
(The majority of this Bible Study is from an undocumented source. We desire for credit to be given where it is due. The Facilitator added to and reworked the materials for the purpose of the Kitwe Bible Study. The PDF version is complete with footnotes and sources.)
Download a PDF copy of the Bible Study here: Should The Bible Be Accepted As True?
SHOULD THE BIBLE BE ACCEPTED AS TRUTH?
What is the Bible?
“Any person who knows of the Bible and its claims cannot help but react one way or another to those claims. The Bible itself makes the astounding assertion that it is indeed the very Word of God.” Continue reading
Are you feeling discouraged?
Discouragement is an outlook that focuses on problems, circumstances or people instead of God.
In Numbers 21 the Bible records the story of the nation of Israel on their journey to the land of promise. They became “very discouraged” on the way (4). God had promised them a land flowing with “milk and honey” yet day after day they trudged through the dry, barren desert. Just when it seemed like the journey would come to an end, they came to Edom. When the Edomites refused them passage they suddenly found themselves on a long detour through more of the despised desert. Their path was blocked and with it, their hope of getting out of the desert anytime soon. The children of Israel became “very discouraged.”
When discouragement clamped hold of their heart a number of things happened: (verse 5)
1. They complained against God.
2. They spoke against leadership.
3. They asked the “why” question.
4. They made absurd accusations.
5. They focused on circumstances and problems.
6. They became displeased with God’s blessings and provisions.
Their discouragement was a sin that produced a complaining, unthankful spirit. God was not at all pleased. He responded by sending poisonous snakes among the people to bite and kill them! The people soon acknowledged their sin and sought deliverance from the serpents. God instructed Moses to lift a bronze replica of a snake high upon a wooden pole and those who looked at the replica would be healed of their snake bite and not die.
Many years later Jesus would refer to this event and make the application to Himself. “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3.14,15).
The next time you feel discouraged, run to the cross and thank God for your many blessings! Focus your attention on God, meditate on His person, reflect on His grace. Though your circumstances may be the same, you will find that your outlook has changed.
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February is famous for two reasons – it is the month with the fewest days on the calendar and it is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day! One goal at Kitwe Church is to help husbands and wives experience a healthy growing marriage relationship. A marriage relationship founded upon Jesus Christ can experience genuine love.
Every one is born with the desire to love and be loved. It is God’s design that within marriage the purest form of love will be exhibited and enjoyed. This is ‘Agape’, the love of choice. This love is the desire for and the delight in the well-being of the one loved, that leads to self-sacrificing efforts on their behalf.
Infantile love follows the principle, “I love because I am loved.” Mature love follows the principle, “I am loved because I love.” Immature love says, “ I love you because I need you.” Mature love says, “I need you because I love you.”
Lets take a discerning look at genuine love! If you have a Bible turn to in the New Testament to 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and look at verses 4-8.
- Love suffers long – It is slow to lose patience. It is not easily irritated, angry, or have a quick temper.
- Love is kind – It discovers successful methods of improving or contributing to the other’s life.
- Love does not envy – It is not jealous, overly possessive. Allows the other freedom. Love does not parade itself – It is not anxious to impress. It does not seek to make an impression or create an image for personal gain.
- Love is not puffed up – It is not self-centered. It has the ability to change and to accept change. It is flexible. It does not expect life to revolve around itself.
- Love does not behave rudely – It has good manners. It has respect for others which results in a set of Christ-centered standards.
- Love does not seek its own – It does not pursue selfish advantage over the other. Does not manipulate to get its own way.
- Love is not easily provoked – It is not touchy, it is not hypersensitive or easily hurt. Love thinks no evil – It does not keep account of past evil. It doesn’t review wrongs which have been forgiven.
- Love does not rejoice in iniquity – It doesn’t compare self with others for self-justification. It doesn’t say, “everyone’s doing it.”
- Love rejoices in the truth – It is glad with all godly men when truth prevails.
- Love bears all things – It knows no limit to its forbearance. It has the ability to live with the inconsistencies of others.
- Love believes all things – It knows no end to its trust. Love hopes all things – It has perfect confidence that God is responsible and in control of the actions of the partner.
- Love endures all things. – It has unlimited endurance. It is able to endure all obstacles and even love in the face of unreturned love.
The love described above is a kind of self-sacrificing love that does not come natural to us. In fact it is supernatural. This is love that we can experience and manifest only through a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Another writer in the Bible used this same word for love when he wrote, “God demonstrated His love toward us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8) Jesus Himself used this word when he said, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn.3:16) Experience God’s love by believing in Jesus.
So our goal this Valentines Day is NOT to attempt to discern the genuine love of our spouse, but rather to evaluate our own love. We are not commanded to make someone else love us, but we are commanded to love!
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