Bible Study: How Do We Begin to Understand God’s Plan?

Here’s a good reminder from “THE CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO THE NEW LIFE” from THE OPEN BIBLE:

“Although we cannot grasp how individual events fit into God’s program (Ecclesiastes 11:5), we can understand God’s basic plan in order to come to know and serve Him. Few joys can compare with realizing our place in God’s program and working to fulfill our destinies.”

The study then reminds us

How God’s Word Came to Us: Revelation, Deuteronomy 29:29; Inspiration, Isaiah 59:21; and Illumination, Proverbs 6:23

What God’s Word Does: Convicts, Nehemiah 8:9; Corrects, Psalm 17:4; Cleanses, Psalm 119:9; Confirms, John 8:31; and Equips, Proverbs 22:21

How We Benefit from God’s Word: We Know God, Daniel 11:32; and Know God’s Will, Psalm 40:8

This gives us a good foundational understanding of the next topic: What God’s Word Tells Us About God’s Program.

We will begin to study this in more detail by looking at God’s Work in the Past. To get ready for that study, look up Deuteronomy 32:7.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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