Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Preparation for Bible class: 1) Salvation (eternal life), 1 Pet 1:23. 2) Fellowship with God (present status with God), 1 Jn 1:5-9; Jn 15:4-5; Eph 6:6. 3) Spiritual maturity (rest of life on earth), 2 Cor 10:3-5; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:3-5.
LIFE OF DAVID (53)
TRUTH, THE TRIALS OF LIFE, AND SUFFERING
A. Philosophical foundations of truth.
1. What are the 4 main theories of truth?
2. Does is matter what theory Christians hold as long as they are sincere?
3. Is logic important in leaning and applying God’s truth?
4. Demonstrate the logic of the existence of God through three modus tollens (syllogistic logic) examples (i.e. c,d,m).
5. List and describe the three respective philosophical categories (the apologetics pyramid) the Christian should use when defending theism and Christianity.
6. What are the three laws of logic (first principles of thought), and how do they refute the arguments of the four horsemen of the new atheism along with Hawking?
7. Pathology of the atheist’s suppression & denial of God, Rm 1:18-21; Psa 14:1.
B. Biblical foundations of truth.
1. Truth is more important than anything in your life—more important than all that you own or all the money in the world, Prov 23:23, 3:13, Psa. 8:10, 17, 16:16, 119:127.
2. Truth was more important to David than all of the world’s possession, Psa 19.
3. The LJC quoted the very words of David on the cross to express His last act of commitment of Himself to the God of truth, Psa 31:5 with Luke 23:6.
4. David progressively conformed to truth as it related to his relationship with God (knowledge, adoration, love, trust, confidence, God as his fortress) and as it related to others.
5. We likewise must continue to conform to truth with respect to God and others (2 Cor 10:4-5—to believers (Jn 13; Philip 2) and unbelievers (1 Pet 3:15; Titus 2:10; Col 4:6).
6. Persistently abiding in Truth is the single greatest issue, Jn 8:32; Psa 25:5; 43:3.
7. All reversionism is but the result of failure to abide in God’s truth.
8. Truth protects us physically, spiritually, and mentally, Eph 6:14; 2 Cor 11:15; Psa 61:7; 2 Tim 4:3.
9. Truth equips us to overcome all tests in life, Mt 4:4; 1 Cor 10:13.
10. Truth requires humility—grace orientation, Psa 25:8.
11. Truth confronts and challenges us—it tells us like it is, Gal 4:16.
12. Truth cleanses and sanctifies us, Jn 15:3; 17:17; Psa 40:11
13. Those in truth always follow Christ, Jn 18:37-38; Jn 1:14, 16-17; 8:31-44.
14. The church is designed by God to be the pillar truth, 1 Tim 3:15; 2 Tim 2:15.
15. God wants truth inside of us, Psa 51:6; 2 Cor 11:10.
16. Walking in truth is the most important issue in life, 3 Jn 1:4; vs. Jn 8:44.
17. Truth always prevails, 2 Cor 13:8.
18. In the last days, truth will be rejected and deception accepted, 2 Thess 2:7-12; 2 Tim 3:5-8; 2 Tim 4:1-4.
C. David and Saul: doctrinal truths related to supergrace, reversionism, and testing.
1. God progressively makes war against the arrogant (carnal/rev) believer, but gives greater (μείζονα ) grace blessings (supergrace) to the grace oriented (humble) believer, Js 4:4-6; 1 Pet 5:5-6; Prov 3:34.
2. Supergrace blessings are those special blessings that God has specifically designed for each believer, but which await spiritual contingency before God releases them, Isa 30:18; Eph 3:14-20; 1 Cor 2:9-10.
3. Humbling yourself under the mighty hand of God means, among other things, refusing to take things into your own hands when you are treated unfairly.
4. By waiting on the Lord, and thus avoiding anger and bitterness, the believer remains grace oriented and therefore develops greater capacity for the greater grace blessings.
5. God promotions in life are always a matter of His grace and His timing.
6. What makes waiting on the Lord (i.e. perseverance) so difficult is lack of faith in the blessedness of the POG, lack of trust in God, inordinate ambition, competition, lust for things, and a desire to seek happiness in the wrong way.
7. Waiting on the Lord means waiting for God’s promotion and in the meantime remaining faithful in the “little” things, as God prepares you for the bigger things.
8. Testing is required to remove deficiencies in the believer’s character and thus develop capacity in the believer for the greater things in the plan of God, Js 1:2-4.
9. The issue in all testing is always the ways of God, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11.
10. Protracted testing is designed to develop protracted faith (perseverance) with its development of protracted capacity for the escrow (greater grace) blessings of God, Isa 30:18.
11. It is the daily fellowship with God & intake of the Word of God that prepares the believer not only for the upcoming tests in life, but for those fantastic blessings & promotions.
12. God is waiting to bless the believer with the greater grace blessings (escrow), but the believer must develop the capacity for those blessings. This capacity is best developed under protracted testing with requires protracted waiting on the Lord, Isa 30:18.
13. All suffering is either for discipline (Saul) or blessing (David).
14. Characteristics of suffering for blessing vs. suffering for discipline.
15. God’s Truth regarding suffering:
a) Christians have been given the unique privilege of suffering, Philip 1:29.
b) Suffering for blessing is accompanied with courage and peace, Jn 16:33.
c) Avoid thinking that your suffering is unique, 1 Cor 10:13.
d) Suffering or adversity is necessary to produce character, Rm 5:3-5.
e) Suffering for blessing is for eternal rewards, Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18, Rv 2-3.
f) Only suffering can produce the attitude of Biblical humility (grace orientation) and wisdom, 2 Cor 12:3-7; Ja 1:2-6; 4:6.
g) The aim of suffering is to bring you closer to Christ, Phil 4:11-13.
16. Orienting to God’s truth regarding suffering as outlined in First Peter.
a) Suffering for blessing is designed to refine your faith/B.D, 1:6-7.
b) Suffering for blessing is designed to refine and develop priesthood, 2:19.
c) Suffering for blessing is designed to develop ambassadorship, 3:14-16.
d) Suffering for blessing is designed to refine and develop your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, 4:12-14
e) Suffering for blessing is designed to develop greater strength, stability, and maturity in your life, 5:10.