Refresh15 A | The Goodness and Greatness of God

Refresh15 A | The Goodness and Greatness of God

In the first of four talks on the Village Church 2015 Refresh Weekend Away, Dominic Steele looks at the Goodness and Greatness of God and also how God’s love and justice interrelate.

The Greatness and Goodness of God the Father
1 Knowing God
2 The Greatness of God
a Spiritual John 4:24 cf John 4:21, Acts 17:24
b Personal Exodus 3:14 cf Exodus 20:3
c Alive & Living Exodus 3:14, John 5:26
d Infinite Acts 17:24-25, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalm 139:7-12; Psalm 90:1-2
e Constant Psalm 102:26-27, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17
3 The Goodness of God
a Purity
i Holiness – Unique Exodus 15:11, Sacred Exodus 3, Exodus 26:33 Pure Habakuk 1:13
ii Righteousness – Perfect Law Psalm 19:7-9
iv Justice 1 Samuel 8:3, Amos 5:12, But what about … ? Psalm 73:17-20,27
b Integrity
i Genuineness – being true Jeremiah 10:10, John 17:3
ii Veracity – telling the truth 1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2
iii Faithfulness – proving true Numbers 23:19, Thessalonians 5:24
c Love
i Benevolence Deuteronomy 7:7-8, 1 John 4:10
ii Grace – a step further Exodus 34:6, Titus 2:11, 3:3
iii Mercy Exodus 3:7, Mark 1:41
iv Persistence 1Peter 3:20, 2 Peter 3:9
4 The Love and Justice of God
5 God the Father Deuteronomy 32:6, Isaiah 63:16, John 20:17, Matthew 6:9-13
Acknowledgement of Millard J. Erickson ‘Christian Theology’ specifically Chapters 12, 13 and 14.
Discussion Questions
How do you reconcile the justice and the love of God?
How can I believe in the greatness and goodness of God when there is so much evil in the world?
What is a protocol for prayer