Sovereign God


Lesson 1: Sovereign God

September 14 & 15, 2019


Calvinism: In Calvinist thinking, God's sovereignty is unconditional, unlimited, and absolute. All things are predetermined by the good pleasure of God's will. God foreknew because of his own planning. 


Arminianism: To the Arminian, God is sovereign, but has limited his control in correspondence with man's freedom and response. God's decrees are associated with his foreknowledge of man's response.


God Created And Controls All Things Within The Boundaries Of His Covenants And Purposes


Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Why are you using your ignorance to deny my providence? Now get ready to fight, for I am going to demand some answers from you, and you must reply.” Living Bible


Job 38:4 Where were you whenI laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. 5 Do you know how its dimensions were determined, and who did the surveying? Living Bible


Job 38:6-7 What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Living Bible


Job 38:8-9 Who decreed the boundaries of the seas when they gushed from the depths? Who clothed them with clouds and thick darkness 10 and barred them by limiting their shores, 11 and said, ‘Thus far and no farther shall you come, and here shall your proud waves stop’?” Living Bible  


Job 38:31 “Can you hold back the stars? Can you restrain Orion or Pleiades? 32 Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons, or guide the constellation of the Bear with her satellites across the heavens? 33 Do you know the laws of the universe and how the heavens influence the earth?” Living Bible  


Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, New International Version


Genesis 9:15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. New International Version  


Genesis 11:1 At that time all mankind spoke a single languageAs the population grew and spread eastward, a plain was discovered in the land of Babylon and was soon thickly populated. Living Bible 


Genesis 11:3-4 The people who lived there began to talk about building a great city, with a temple-tower reaching to the skies—a proud, eternal monument to themselves.“This will weld us together,” they said, “and keep us from scattering all over the world.” So they made great piles of hard-burned brick, and collected bitumen to use as mortar. Living Bible  


Genesis 11:5 But when God came down to see the city and the tower mankind was making, he said, “Look! If they are able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they will do later! Nothing will be unattainable for them! Living Bible 


Genesis 11:7 Come, let us go down and give them different languages, so that they won’t understand each other’s words!” Living Bible  


Genesis 11:8 So, in that way, God scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the cityThat is why the city was called Babel (meaning “confusion”), because it was there that Jehovah confused them by giving them many languages, thus widely scattering them across the face of the earth. Living Bible

Ezra 1:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken byJeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: New International Version 


Ezra 1:2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. New International Version 


Ezra 1:3 Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.” New International Version 

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