The Bible does not present any argument for the existence of God; it takes the FACT of God for granted
The Bible does not present any argument for the existence of God; it takes the FACT of God for granted. God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in Whom all things have their source, support, and end. The Word of God reveals God to us. Because God is infinitely beyond our human comprehension, the Bible has to describe God in human language, which is far too inadequate.
I. WHO MADE GOD?
Answer: No one! God is eternal. The fact that we cannot completely understand this does not make it false. (We may not understand how electricity makes the lights work — but why sit around in the dark until we figure it out!) Look up Hebrews 11:6. Those that come to God must
B__ __ __ __ __ __ that He __ __.
II. HOW DO WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?
A number of reasons are given in the Bible to show how we can know there is a God.
A. The Fact of Universal Belief Proves There is a God.
Man has a “religious nature” which is unique to humankind. All men in all ages and in all civilizations have manifested a belief in a Higher Being. Most times this belief is perverted — but it demonstrates that there is a Higher Being. Look up: Romans 2:14,15. This verse teaches that even those who have never heard of the Lord have His law written in their H__ __ __ __ __.
B. The Fact That Everything Must Have a Creator Proves There is a God.
Man is an intelligent being; therefore his Creator must also be intelligent. Man has personality; thus his Creator could not be impersonal.
C. The Fact of Intricate Design in the Universe Proves There is a God.
A watch not only requires a watchmaker, but also a designer and a purpose.
Look up Psalm 139:14. How does the human body
prove there is a God? “. . . for I am _____________
D. The Whole of Creation Proves There is a God.
Look up Psalm 19:1.
What do the heavens declare?
Look up Romans 1:20.
What two invisible things about God are seen and understood through creation?
His E__ __ __ __ __ __ P__ __ __ __ and
G__ __ __ __ __ _.
E. The Events of History Prove There is a God.
Many times God has intervened in human history, and His hand is often seen in the rise and fall of nations. See: Psalm 75:6, 7.
F. The Bible Says There is a God.
If there is a God, it is reasonable to expect Him to reveal Himself to man. He has done this — first through creation, then (in detail) through His Word. Look up Genesis 1:1. The Bible begins with God — not philosophical arguments for His existence. The Bible never tried to prove that there is a God. It assumes from the beginning that God exists… “In the beginning, GOD…” (Genesis 1:1)
III. HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE?
A. Look up: Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5; and I Timothy 2:5.
There is only __ __ __ God.
B. Look up: Matthew 28:19 and I John 5:7.
This one God eternally, equally, and essentially exists as T__ __ __ __ persons:
The F__ __ __ __ __
The S__ __
The H__ __ __ G__ __ __ __
This is known as the doctrine of the TRINITY — the
Bible teaches there is one God but three Persons in the Godhead. Trinity (Tri = three and nity is short for unity) means “three-in-one.” While we cannot fully understand the trinity, we can explain it generally by using an illustration of a glass of ice water: As can be seen, there is one nature (water) existing in three distinct phases. Each phase may exist separately, or with another, or all together. You have the vapor or gas of water, the solid in the form of ice, and the liquid water. An egg can also represent the three phases in the form of the shell (God the father), the egg white (God the Son), and the yolk (God the Holy Spirit). All three parts make up the whole egg. Even though I am one person, to my children, I am their father (like God the Father). To my earthly father, I am his son (like God the Son). To my church congregation, I am their pastor or spiritual guide (like God the Holy Spirit). While these examples give us some idea of the trinity, we will never fully understand the trinity until we get to Heaven.
IV. WHAT IS GOD?
There are 4 statements in the Bible telling us what God IS.
A. God Is __ __ __ __ __ __ __ . John 4:24 (Divine Essence).
B. God Is __ __ __ __ . I John 4:8 (Divine Compassion).
C. God Is __ __ __ __ __ . I John 1:5 (Divine Holiness).
D. God Is A C __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ F __ __ __ .
Hebrews 12:29 (Divine Righteousness).
E. The Bible Also Teaches That God Is A Person (that is, He has personality).
1. John 3:16. God L__ __ __ S.
2. Proverbs 6:16. God H__ __ __ S.
3. Genesis 6:6. God G__ __ __ __ __ S.
4. Deut. 6:15. God is J__ __ __ __ __ __.
5. 1 Kings 11:9. God can be A__ __ __ Y.
6. 1 Peter 5:7. God C__ __ __ __.
All these are the characteristics of personality. (There are some that think God is just an impersonal “Force” or that He is in all of “Nature.”)
V. WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
If we examined God’s creation, we would discover Him to be Mighty, Glorious, and Majestic, but it is through the Bible that
God reveals Himself completely. No man will ever be able to comprehend the essence of God (what He is). It is only through His attributes that God makes Himself known to finite man.
A. God Is All Knowing (Omniscient).
1. Read Psalm 139:1- 4. List five things God knows about you.
a. My D__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ and
U__ __ __ __ __ __ __
b. My T__ __ __ __ __ __ __
c. My P__ __ __ and lying down
d. All M__ W__ __ __
e. My W__ __ __ __
2. Read 1 John 3:20. What does this verse say God knows? A__ __ T__ __ __ __ __.
B. God Is All Powerful (Omnipotent).
1. Read Job 42:2. What can God do? E __ __ __ __ T__ __ __ __
2. Read: Matthew 19:26. What are all things with God? P__ __ __ __ __ __ __
C. God Is Everywhere (Omnipresent).
Read Psalm 139:7-17.
What is your conclusion regarding the question, “Where is God?” ___________________________
D. God Is Eternal.
1. Look up Exodus 3:14. What is the Name of God? “__ __ __.”
Notice He does not say “I Was,” or “I Will Be,” — both of which would imply either a beginning or an ending.
2. Look up Psalm 90:2. This verse tells us God extends from E__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ to E__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ .
I AM that I AM
Eternity Past Eternity Future
E. God Is Unchanging (Immutable).
Read Malachi 3:6. What does this verse say that God
does NOT do? C__ __ __ __ __
F. God Is Holy.
Look up Psalm 99:9. Why should we exalt the Lord and worship Him? __________________________
G. God Is Love.
Look up Romans 5:8. How did God commend (prove) His love toward you and me? ___________
H. God Is Gracious.
1. “Grace” means “undeserved favor.”
2. We are S__ __ __ __ by grace. Ephesians 2:8
3. We are taught by Grace (Titus 2:11,12).
4. We are kept by Grace (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I. God Is Truth.
1. Look up Titus 1:2. What is it that God cannot do? __ __ __
2. Look up Isaiah 40:8. What is it about God that will stand forever? _________________
VI. WHAT IS GOD CALLED?
There are three primary Hebrew words used to designate “God” in the Old Testament.
A. “Elohim” — which is translated “GOD” in our English Bible. (The Greek equivalent in the New Testament is “Theos.”) This speaks of God’s greatness.
B. “Adonai” — which is translated “Lord” in our English Bible. This means that God is the Master.
C. “Jehovah” — which is translated “LORD” in our English Bible.
1. To distinguish “Jehovah” from “Adonai,” the translators of the Authorized King James Bible had it printed in capital letters.
2. The meaning of “Jehovah” is given in Exodus 3:13, 14: “I AM THAT I AM” — “The Self-Existent One Who Reveals Himself.”
3. The word “Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Joshua,” and literally means “Jehovah-Savior.” The New Testament clearly teaches that Jesus IS Jehovah.
4. Write out John 8:58.
Consider the other names of God
Elohim – The One Who is Mighty…the Lord Who creates.
El Elyon – The One Who is Supreme…the Lord Who owns.
Adonai – The One Who is Ruling…the Lord our Master.
El Olam – The One who is Mysterious…the Lord Who reveals.
Jehovah Jireh – The One Who Redeems…the Lord Who provides.
Jehovah Rophi – The One Who Heals…the Lord Who heals.
Jehovah Nissi – The One Who fights for us…the Lord our banner.
Jehovah Yekaddia – The One Who is Sanctification…the Lord Who sanctifies.
Jehovah Shalom – The One Who gives Peace…the Lord our banner.
Jehovah Sabaoth – The One Who is Possessing…the Lord of Hosts.
Jehovah Tsidkenu – The One Who is Justifying…the Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah Shammah – The One Who is Present…the Lord at hand.
Jehovah Elyon – The One Who is Blessing…the Lord Who blesses.
Jehovah Roi – The One Who is Caring…the Lord our Shepherd.
VII. GOD IS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER
You can know God as your Father, your Heavenly Father. This is a blessing of having your sins forgiven and having received His gift of eternal life.
A. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Read Luke 15:11-32. This parable, given by Christ, teaches the relationship between God the Father and His children. Consider the following comparisons:
1. The father (v.12) = God the Father
2. The younger son (v.12) = You and me
3. The far country and riotous living (v.13) = Living in sin
4. Filling his belly with the husks that the swine did eat (v. 16) = The consequences of our sins
5. The younger son “coming to himself” thinking “I will arise and go to my father”, and saying “I have
sinned against thee” (vv.17, 18) = Repentance or turning from sin
6. The actions on the father’s part when he sees his son returning = Forgiveness (God forgiving us of our sins.)
B. The Father Loves You!
Look up Ephesians 2:4-5. Why did God save you?
C. The Father Protects You!
1. Notice these terms that indicate protection:
The LORD is my rock, and my
F__ __ __ __ __ __ __ , and my
D__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my B__ __ __ __ __ __ (shield), and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower (Psalm 18:2).
2. What protection does your heavenly Father promise regarding temptations you face?
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
D. The Father Provides for You!
1. Look up Philippians 4:19. What will God supply for you? ______________________
2. Why is there no need to worry?
Matthew 6:31, 32 _____________________
Ephesians 3:20 _______________________
E. How Does God’s Fatherhood Affect You?
Knowing God’s protection should eliminate fear and knowing His provision should eliminate worry. What fears or worries do you frequently experience? _______________________________
What should you do about your fears and worries?