Further Study: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer

Further Study: “Yet men of science think that they can comprehend the wisdom of God, that which He has done or can do. The idea largely prevails that He is restricted by His own laws. Men either deny or ignore His existence, or think to explain everything, even the operation of His Spirit upon the … [Click to read more …]

Why Jesus Lives

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Hebrews 7:25 NLT Charles Spurgeon was born to preach. Mother Teresa was born to care for the poor. Abraham Lincoln was born to break the bonds of slavery. Everyone … [Click to read more …]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV) [Thought questions for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 20, 2013] 1. Constantly sustaining. Which is the greater miracle—creating the earth and the cosmos and all its substance or keeping it going? What about the … [Click to read more …]


Do you remember that old circus trick? The performer would have about five sticks standing up straight and he’d put a plate on the end of each of the sticks and start it spinning so that the centrifugal force would hold the plate up and on the end of the stick. As long as the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Provider for a Damaged Creation

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matt. 6:26). Even after Adam and Eve sinned and could no longer enter the Garden, God provided for their immediate physical needs(Gen. 3:21). Sin brought a … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Governing a Damaged Creation

Read Matthew 5:45 and Psalm 65:9-10. How does God act in the creation in order to maintain the creatures that He created? What does this tell us about God’s interest in the created world? We are familiar with sunshine and rain, and scientists have provided explanations for the processes involved in each. Yet, there is more to the … [Click to read more …]

08: Jesus, Provider and Sustainer – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : God has a purpose and design that He continues to sustain and provide for. [Teaching plan for Jesus, Provider and Sustainer February 18, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Philippians 4:19. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. What is … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Natural Evil

Of course, one of the great questions that all believers in a loving God have had to deal with is the question of evil; not just human evil but what is called “natural evil.” That is, when bad things happen in nature (floods, hurricanes, drought, earthquakes, etc.) that cause so much pain and suffering, not … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Generous Provider

Genesis 1:29, 30 show that when God first created living creatures, He provided food for them. Herbs, fruits, and seeds were the food chosen for both humans and animals. Nothing is said of predation or competition for resources. The generous Provider made plenty of food for everyone to partake in without any need for violence. What a … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Sustainer

Read Hebrews 1:3 and Colossians 1:16-17. What is the role of Jesus in the ongoing existence of the universe? The implication here is that Jesus continues to sustain the existence of the universe by His power. The universe is not independent; its existence depends on the continuous exercise of divine will. This is a refutation of deism, the … [Click to read more …]