Bible Study Course
Lesson 7: The Calling of God
We all understand that relationships are important. Our lives revolve around our families, friends, neighbors and associates. But where does God fit in? What is the meaning of God's relationship with man? What priority does He place on it? Does man need a relationship with God? If so, what is the basis and purpose of that relationship? In this lesson we will carefully explore these vital questions and see how the Holy Scriptures answer them.
What is the meaning of God's relationship with man? What priority does He place on it? Does man need a relationship with God? If so, what is the basis and purpose of that relationship?
Which came first, man's need for a relationship with God or God's desire for a relationship with man? Here is the answer.
God must first call, or invite, us to enter into a relationship with Him. He does this by opening our minds to a basic understanding of the Scriptures and our need to repent.
The primary basis for the relationship between God and us is love.
What did God promise Abraham?
God made promises in the form of covenants with ancient Israel.
The New Covenant is God's commitment to give His people His Spirit so they can obey Him.
God demonstrates His love through His many promises that relate to our receiving salvation and eternal life.
The Bible tell us the first human beings, Adam and Eve, rejected God's offer for a relationship with Him.
God's dealings with us are motivated by His love—His care, His concern and even His correction—so we can receive His gift of eternal life as members of His family.
Although we quote many biblical references for your convenience, this is intended as a Bible study course. To receive the full benefit of each lesson, you must actively participate.
God's invitation for a relationship sometimes extends beyond the personal level. He invited the whole nation of ancient Israel into a relationship with Him.
Sin has built a wall that separates mankind from God. That barrier must be torn down before we can have a relationship with Him. But how can we remove this barrier?
How can you know whether God is calling you to conversion?
God calls—invites—us into this eternal relationship with Him as members of His family.
These questions are intended as a study aid, to spur further thought on the concepts discussed in this lesson and to help you apply them on a personal level.
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