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If God is all powerful, why doesn’t He stop sin now?

2 Nov

If God is All Powerful, why doesn’t He just stop sin now?

Here’s an illustration:

Volunteer 1:

__________ is a student at _________ . He feels like he’s pretty much a good person, even though he knows he’s not perfect. He believe’s he’s a Christian because his parents are. He tries not to do too many “bad” things. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t steal. He never tells BIG lies…just the little ones that don’t hurt much.

Is ________ saved?


Volunteer 2:

__________ is a student at _________ . She knows she is not a good person and she doesn’t care. Last week she punted a kitten just to see how far it would fly. She has no concept of personal property, except that all property is personally hers. Small toddlers are actually afraid of her. She has no desire to set foot in a church because “church people” are mean to her.

Is ________ saved?


Volunteer 1 has a horrible relationship with Volunteer 2. Volunteer two poked him in the eye just this morning. Volunteer one can barely see as we speak.

How does Volunteer 1 feel about Volunteer 2?

Probably not too happy.

Volunteer 1 goes with a friend to Winterville FBC on Wednesday and hears about Jesus and what the Bible really says about whether or not he’s a good person. He believes what he hears and becomes a Christian.

What should volunteer 1 do to Volunteer 2 now?

Forgive her.

Volunteer 1 approaches Volunteer 2.

Volunteer 1: “I have been angry at you because you poked me in the eye and I could not see. But since Jesus loved me and forgave me, I will forgive you and love you!”

Volunteer 2 can react one of two ways:

1. Volunteer 2 can say: “Wow! No one has ever loved me like that! I want this Jesus you have!” and become a Christian herself.

2. She can continue to live and be cruel to those around her.

What is most likely?

Probably number 2.

What does that mean about the way volunteer 1 should treat her?

He shouldn’t be vengeful. He should continue to forgive as Christ forgave.

This say may continue for a long time. How would God stop this? When should God stop this?

All that to say:

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you have judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 2:1-4

God is patient so that those who don’t know Him will have a chance to repent. He gave those of us who are saved time, and He wants to give everyone that chance. Even the ones who hurt us, because He loves them too.


Notes for 10/19/11 – The Holy Spirit pt. 1

19 Oct

First things first: Yak n’ Snack is at Phil and Marsha’s house this Sunday night, so come on over! We’re taking the van after church and will be bringing it back at 9. They have a Wii, so bring games you’d like to play (within reason, kind of like Just Dance 1/2). Also, they have Apples to Apples, which I will be mercilessly beating everyone at. Just a fact.

And now, on to the fun part: LESSON NOTES! These are scripture references and a loose outline of what we talked about. If you’d like more info, email me at and we can talk about a time to sit down and work through it. Also, be back next week for part 2!

Thanks to Kevin DeYoung and the Gospel Coalition for the booklet that most of this came out of!

1 John 4:13

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

The Holy Spirit

Ruach – Hebrew
Pneuma – Greek

Both words can refer to wind or breath, and both words bring to mind energy, motion, life, and activity.

The Holy Spirit active in the Old Testament:

Genesis 1:2

Exodus 35:30-35

“Then Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and will all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.’”

Judges 14:5-6

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

The Holy Spirit active in the New Testament

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Life/Kinship with God
Romans 8:6-10

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”

So who is the Holy Spirit?

Jesus without a Body?
The Force, like in Star Wars?
Excitement about God?

None of the Above

The Holy Spirit is a Person
He is God
He is distinct from The Father and the Son

What comes with Him?

Galatians 5:19-24

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

What does He do?

Convicts Us

John 16:7-11 (Jesus)

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

Converts Us

John 3:5

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Ezekiel 36:25-27

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

Applies to Us

“So crucial is our union with Christ that Paul uses this ‘In Christ’ language about 160 times.” (DeYoung, Carson, Keller)

Romans 8:6-10

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”

Next Week:

Glorifies Jesus

John 16:13-25 (Jesus)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Sanctifies Us

Equips Us

Promises Us

Notes for 10/12/11 – A few reasons why bad things happen

19 Oct

Here at Winterville we’ve started doing something pretty cool on Wednesdays. Students have submitted questions about their faith and how it affects their daily lives. Every third Wednesday we focus our Bible study on answering those questions. This week the question was “If God is so powerful, why do bad things happen in the world?” Here are the scripture notes from Wednesday.


Habakkuk 1

Reasons for evil/hardship in the world:

Testing of our faith, refining of our faith

Zechariah 13:9 –

And I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call upon my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘They are my people’;
and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’

1 Peter 1:6-9

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Malachi 3:3

Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Romans 8:29
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
A natural consequence of our sinful hearts

Genesis 1:1-7

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,t she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Romans 1:18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Sometimes through a lack of wisdom

Proverbs 6:27
Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?

Proverbs 7:6-…

Wednesday 8/24/11

24 Aug

Hey guys and girls! Here are the announcements and scripture for Wednesday, August 24:

Scripture references for the night (Taken from

1 John 2

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 John 3

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appearst we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’st seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Hosea 6

6  For I desire steadfast lovet and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Isaiah 64

5  You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?t
6  We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7  There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt int the hand of our iniquities.

Galatians 2

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

And the announcements!

  • Yak n’ Snack this Sunday night after church! Be sure to be here!
  • I have a crazy class load. I thought it wasn’t going to be so bad, but it is. So for now, Modern Monday and Throwback Thursday will alternate and will be published one per week. This week it’s Throwback Thursday. Be sure to go check out last week’s Modern Monday!
  • Worship Night with UGA’s Impact Band from the BCM will be on September 24th at 7! We’re inviting all the Common Ground folks, so invite your friends as well!
  • Be sure to keep bringing your Bibles, and feel free to ask questions  on Wednesday nights and, if you’d like, through the Contact Us box on the blog!
  • School is back in, which means you get to see all your friends. Let them know that we’re not out of seats in the chapel yet and they’re welcome to come!


Back from World Changers and Wednesday night.

20 Jul


Ok. So I dropped the ball on updating in the van. Between managing the iPod that was plugged into the cassette deck (your kids now know what a cassette tape is) and sleeping, I didn’t really have time to update the blog. Long story short, we’re back. We are all safe and it was a wonderful trip. There is a slide show in the works for Sunday along with some youth praise band goodness and some experience sharing. It’ll be great. That’s why all of you should be at WFBC on Sunday night!

Moving on from that, this Wednesday night we’re debriefing from World Changers.

When I say debriefing, I don’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be talking about World Changers more. It was a great week, but it’s over. What we’re going to be talking about is what does World Changers mean to us now? What is our takeaway? This spiritual high won’t last forever. It never does.

Phil sent me this article earlier this week. We’re going to be talking through some of these points tonight along with looking at what the Bible has to say about this stuff. If you feel like reading ahead (and I hope you do), check out the article that’s posted and read 1 John 2:12-14, Acts 4:1-22, and Ephesians 3:14-21.