Some Things You Need To Know… 1.There is no clean-cut method to determining Gods will 2.Every individuals will is unique to themselves 3.You were created with purpose and intent
What is Gods Will? Ephesians 5:17 Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Eastern View of Gods Will Origins: found in Hinduism & Buddhism Afterlife: If the final reality is an impersonal ground of being, what is the purpose of life? The answer in brief is, Forget it! (Os Guinness, The Call) View of Gods Will: Seeking a Call on your life only masks you from the knowledge that one day you will cease to exist and mean nothing Scripture Teaches: that there is a Heaven (John 14) and we will exist in heavenly bodies (Phil. 3:21)
Secular View of Gods Will Origins: Atheism,agnosticism, naturalism & humanism Afterlife: If the final reality is chance and there is no God (or any supernatural) to consider, then purpose is up to each of us to decide. (Os Guinness, The Call) View of Gods Will: We dont discover our lifes purpose – we decide it Scripture Teaches: that there is one God (Mark 12:32, Eph.4:5-6, 1 Tim. 2:15, James 2:19) and He has a will for each of us (Eph. 5:1-20, I Peter 2:15, Romans 12:1-21)
Biblical View of Gods Will Origins: Roots in Judaism and Christianity Afterlife: From this perspective, the final reality is neither chance nor an impersonal ground of being but an infinite personal God who has created us in His image and calls us into relationship to Himself (OS Guinness, The Call) View of Gods Will: –Who was I created to be? –What am I called to be?
Discussion What traces of these views can we see being lived out in our lives? What is the difference between being created & called?
Misconceptions Dot Theory: –Called: Gods personalized will for you –Teaches that God has a specific person your to marry, a specific school to attend, a specific car to buy etc. –Problem: Free Will?
Gods Will Gods will is made up of two parts: 1.Who was I created to be? (Gods Moral Will) 2.What am I called to be? (Gods Sovereign Will)
Schedule Nov. 22: Gods Moral Will Nov. 29/Dec. 6: Gods Sovereign Will Dec. 13: Survey of Knowledge