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While we cannot fathom all the mysteries about God. God by his grace has revealed to us much about himself in various ways

As Paul writes in Romans 1:20;-

“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 people are without excuse.”

As Billy Graham once said, all men know that there must be a God. However complicated our theories can be about the origin of the universe and man, we cannot surely answer the big questions behind the whole existence. Some worship him corruptly, some have exchanged the identity of God with other gods as Paul tells us in Romans 1:23.Im sure you are wondering, what of the atheists and agnostics. Their conflict with God’s existence comes not from evidence about their theories and thesis but simply because of their prejudice against the Christian faith.

Richard Bennett is right in his “Your Quest for Godthat man says “Let us create God in our own image and likeness.” This is simply what we do when we despise God and put Him aside because we want Him to be the way we want. The Christian doctrine seems too foolish and too simple for such a God and you could get people being proud in campuses of how they do not want to associate with God because of the ‘foolish practices’ and ‘unnecessary restrains.’  It is interesting to note that what appears foolish and simple is what God uses to communicate and to fellowship with us.

1st Corinthians 1:18 reads; – “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”

The Bible does not begin by proving the existence of God. Instead, it begins with an affirmation, in the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter).

Somewhere in Exodus 3:14, Moses pleads with God to give Him a name in which he shall tell the people of Israel about. God said to Moses “I AM WHOM I AM.” We learn that God is eternal, he was before the beginning of time and in fact he created time, space and matter. To ask where God came from or who created God is a logical fallacy since that is to put God in a time frame of which he is not in. He is eternal; he was before all things.  C.H. Spurgeon once said these about God in January 7, 1855 in his morning sermon as reflected by J.I. Packer in his book Knowing God.

“It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity.

It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master science, finding that our plumb line cannot sound its depth, and that our

Eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God….”

The person of Jesus Christ

If there was a figure to learn about God is this Christ Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God as Paul would put. At one time in John 8:19 the Jews in their seeking a way to condemn Jesus asked Him to show his father. Jesus answered them by telling them that if they knew him they would know his father also.

The writer of Hebrew tells us in Hebrew 1:3 that “the son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

The practical aspect.

I say all this so that we may approach God with reverence knowing that we cannot fit God in our 3-pound brains and say we have known God.

The good news in this is that God himself is merciful enough that He has promised us the Holy Spirit once we accept him (he has given us free will to accept him or not) to rule over our lives by giving our lives to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit reveals to us more about God than anything else.

Amos 4:13 would say;-

“He who forms the mountains, who creates wind, and who reveals his thoughts to men”

 Daniel when confronted with the king’s threat he decided to seek God’s thoughts and chapter 2: 28 tells us;-

“But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…”

In addition, God assures us that though we can’t understand him fully with our weakness, yet we can seek him and find him if we seek him with all our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13)

I pray that through this you will be reminded to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit of God who gives us more direction about God and does not allow us to “Create God in our own image and likeness.”

Author: Omerio Lameck, JKUAT CU

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Table Of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
An Explanation of the Study Guide……………………………………………………………….. 2
For Leaders………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Lesson 1: Introduction to Finally Alive……………………………………………………………. 4
Lesson 2: What Is the New Birth? ………………………………………………………………… 6
Lesson 3: Why Must We Be Born Again? Part 1…………………………………………………. 8
Lesson 4: Why Must We Be Born Again? Part 2…………………………………………………. 10
Lesson 5: Born Again Through the Washing of Regeneration…..……………………………….12
Lesson 6: Born Again Through Faith in Jesus Christ……………………………………………. 14
Lesson 7: Born Again Through Intelligible Good News………………………………………….. 16
Lesson 8: The New Birth Overcomes the World…………………………………………………. 18
Lesson 9: Regeneration, Faith, Love……………………………………………………………… 20
Lesson 10: Freedom from the Practice of Sinning………………………………………………. 22
Lesson 11: Loving Others with the Love of God………………………………………………….. 24
Lesson 12: Helping Others Be Born Again………………………………………………………. 26
Appendix: Leading Productive Group Discussions………………………………………………. 28

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