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Next Steps: 1689 Chapter 5, Providence, Part 2

  • Since God ordinarily works through means, how does this affect how you should view:
    • Growing in the Lord: 
    • Evangelizing friends, family, colleagues: 
    • Earning and Saving Money:

Bonus

On Sunday, a question made reference to the problem of evil. Pastor Brian taught a four part series on the problem of evil and you can watch it here: https://rbseminary.org/featured/2016/12/28/the-problem-of-god-and-evil

Next Steps: 1689 Chapter 5: Divine Providence

As we consider God’s providence, we are meant to praise God for his “wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness and mercy.” How can you praise God in each of these ways for his providence in your life?

Here’s a helpful direction from the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Question 28:

What does it benefit us to know that God has created all things and still upholds them by his providence?

We can be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and with a view to the future we can have a firm confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from his love; for all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot so much as move.

Next Steps: 1689 Chapter 4 – Creation

Think through the personal implication of this statement, “The self-existent, self-sufficient Triune God creates to put the overflow of His glory on display.”

What does it mean for me as a human being?