Thanks to everyone who contributed to last week’s conversation. We had a record number of people participate, as well as record number of readers. If you haven’t already, it’s still not too late to share your “precious promises”.
This week’s text tells us that God gives us everything we need for life and godliness, “through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” The sermon concentrated on the promise of “everything we need”, but we could have also addressed how we get “knowledge about Jesus.” How do you get knowledge about Jesus? Is it just a matter of memorising the Gospels?
The verse also says that Jesus called us by his “glory and goodness”. I think it’s wonderful to know that Jesus called me. It wasn’t an accident that I stumbled upon the Gospel, Jesus called me. But what does the description “by his glory and goodness” mean to you? How does it match your experience of being called by Christ?
FINALLY, in the sermon I quoted Karl Barth (but I don’t have a reference, I just copied someone else) as saying, “The promises of God are surrounded by things that contradict them.” Does this statement prompt any thoughts for you?
Scripture & Songs
I’m trying to think of songs that concern the theme of trusting God’s promises to provide all I need for life and godliness. Please add your suggestions by making a comment.
- He is Able (SFP)
- God Will Make a Way (SFP – originally performed by Don Moen in 1990 on the album Eternal God)
- Be Not Dismayed Whate’er Betide
- He Leadeth Me
- O How Kindly Hast Thou Lead Me
- Jesus, Hold My Hand (SOC)
- Faith is the Victory
- He Knows Just What I Need (SOC)
- Does Jesus Care?
- It is No Secret (What God can Do – SFP) (Performers have included Elvis, Johnny Cash, & Jim Reeves)