SPF 088: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

How did the fit on the ark? How did the dinosaurs become extinct?  Are we sure that dinosaur bones are not millions of years old? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

 

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Go on a dinosaur excavation!! (Or any small toy excavation Dino excavation summer activity.)

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  • small toys or plastic dinosaurs
  • food coloring (optional)
  • small tools (paint brushes, plastic hammers, etc)
  • freezer ;)

Fill ice tray with water (or color water in pitcher first, then add to ice tray). Add little toys (it's ok if they are sticking out!). Freeze until solid. Take out and play!

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Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 2

Were the dinosaurs on the ark?

  • According to Genesis 6 two of every kind of animal went aboard the ark

How did the dinosaurs fit on the ark?

  • The arc was huge. 
  • 450 long
  • 75 feet wide
  • 45 feet tall
  • Imagine 6 semi trucks wide for 1/2 a mile standing at four stories tall
  • It was a sea worthy vessel and could not capsize 
  • Page 243
  • Only about 55 kinds
  • Dinosaurs didn’t have to be fully grown
  • Most dinosaurs were relatively small

Why aren’t humans buried with dinosaurs if they were alive during the same time?

  • Evolutionists claim the order of the fossil record (trilobites at the bottom, humans at the top) is due to a succession of life-forms on Earth, which occurred over many hundreds of millions of years
  • But since Fossils are a record of death, creationists believe that most of these fossils and their subsequent order were formed by the year long global flood
  • Consider order of death during the flood
  • With the flood starting with the fountains of the great deep sedentary sea creatures would be buried first, then swimming sea life, 
  • And as flood waters rose, shore river animals and plants
  • Then small mammals, amphibians, dinosaurs, low land forests
  • And last, large mammals, birds, and upland forests

How did the dinosaurs become extinct?

  • Many died in the flood
  • The rest died out through illness or at the hand of men

Find out more:

To learn more about dinosaurs visit creation.com or any of these resources:

 

 

     

    SPF 087: Dinosaur Questions Answered - Part 1

    Are dinosaurs in the Bible? Why really happened to the dinosaurs? Answers to these questions reveal a worldview that impacts other areas of belief. Scientist Jonathan Sarfati taught me a lot about dinosaurs at a recent conference and I’m sharing a few Dino facts that make sense through the lens of the most accurate history book we will ever have.

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    Life Hack - The Cast Iron Skillet

    This is an essential kitchen tool and a FANTASTIC wedding gift that is usually not on registries (because people don't know the amazing wonders of this pan!). The best part, you can get a great deal on a Lodge brand cast iron skillet at Target - $19.99 for a 12'' skillet (and if you have a REDcard you get free delivery!).

    Cast Iron Benefits:

    • you can grill with it
    • goes from stove top to oven (oven safe)
    • used for camping
    • easy to clean
    • hard to hurt (I burned mine and brought it back to life)
    • not toxic

    Dinosaur Questions Answered

    Why it's important:

    Evolutionary thinking naturally leads to atheism, belief in no God, and secular humanism which means man can chart his own course without God.

    How we understand dinosaurs tells us how we view the world- it tells us one of our basic assumptions about life.

    It shows a theistic worldview where God created everything purposefully and for His glory. Humans have inherent dignity because they are made in the image of God; we love one another because God loved us first; we forgive because Christ forgave us; we live to serve God and others rather than pursue the fleeting pleasures of this world.

    Or it shows an acceptance of evolutionary thinking that everything we see arrived at natural processes and that there is no meaningful design and that God is not necessary for life or creation; basically the designed thing designed itself. This is seen in Romans 1 - that the knowledge of Creator God can be known by everyone since God has made it plain by what He’s created. But verse 21 says, "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."

    When did dinosaurs exist?

    • God’s Word is a history book
    • It tells us when dinosaurs existed - on Day 6
    • God made the beasts according to it’s kind
    • That word kind is important because it tells us that creation was not evolving or changing 
    • Humans were also created on day 6 which means humans and dinosaurs co-existed
    • The word dinosaur is not in the Bible. But word dinosaur was not invented until Sir Richard Owen in 1841
    • English versions of the Bible were set in the 1500s and 1600s with the Geneva bible and KJV versions 
    • Dinosaurs are seen in the Bible as we read Job, the first book ever written - it’s not the first chronologically but first written where the Behemoth is talked about 
    • "There are even strong indications that people living in the post-flood world encountered dinosaurs."
    • "From Europe across Asia and into china there are historical references to dragons with features that often match scientists modern reconstructions." - Safarti 

    Resources

    Christian Home Educators of Colorado - CHEC.org

    Creation Ministries International - creation.com

    Institute for Creation Research - icr.org

    Get a free magazine from the Institute for Creation Research - http://www.icr.org/icr-magazines

    This is the book I referenced - it's SO good and easy to understand!

    The Creation Answers Book:

     

    The Creation Answers Book
    By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SPF 086: How to Stay Focused When Praying

    Have you ever been praying and lost focus, or maybe you get stuck and are not sure what to pray? Maybe you’ve faced some obstacles to praying or maybe you want to learn to pray God’s Word - well today we are learning all about praying God’s Scripture with five benefits of praying through a Psalm and 3 easy methods you can practice today.

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    Easy & Awesome Father's Day Gift

    Father's Day is a few days away and if you're looking for an easy and awesome gift that kids of all ages can make - try homemade firestarters! Great for camp outs, and backyard bonfires - these are easy to make and you probably already have the supplies in your house.

    Supplies:

    • cardboard toilet paper roll
    • dryer lint
    • newspaper or brown kraft paper

    Directions:

    • Stuff cardboard roll with lint
    • wrap with newspaper
    • roll ends with your hands like a tootsie roll candy wrapper
    • When it's time to use - stick under some kindling and light paper on fire

    Prayer

    • prayer is communicating to God our dependence
    • we thank Him
    • we ask for help
    • we are giving God glory for being God

    Obstacles to Prayer

    • prideful attitude
    • tired and unfocused
    • overwhelmed by "logistics" of how to pray
    • we forget to pray / busy

    5 Benefits of Praying through a Psalm

    1. Praying through a Psalm teaches us about God
    2. Praying through a Psalm helps us focus, and focus on what is most important
    3. Praying through a Psalm helps us dwell on what is truthful
    4. Praying through a Psalm helps us express ourselves rightly
    5. Praying through a Psalm glorifies God

    3 Methods of Praying Through a Psalm

    The Basic
    Read a Bible verse and pray it back to God

    The Observe and Pray
    Read through a few verses in a Psalm, make some observations, define some words, and pray back what you learned to God

    The 3 R's
    Read a verse and look for one (or more) of the 3 R's:

    1. Rejoice - What did I read that causes me to rejoice, be glad, or give thanks?
    2. Repent - Is there anything I've read that brings to light sin in my life?
    3. Request - How does this Psalm inform me to pray for others, or myself?

    (The 3 R's were from an article on pray on Christianity Today)

    Psalm Suggestions

    • Psalm 1 - righteousness vs wickedness
    • Psalm 15 - great understanding of God's righteousness and holiness
    • Psalm 16 - God's Faithfulness
    • Psalm 19 - God's Glory in creation and His incredible Word
    • Psalm 23 - God's Sovereignty and Right view of circumstances
    • Psalm 51 - David's prayer of repentance
    • Psalm 100 - Giving Thanks
    • Psalm 103 - The Blessedness of God
    • Psalm 112 - Righteous man characteristics
    • Psalm 130 - Waiting and persevering

    Resources

    Amazon links are affiliate links. I make a very small commission that goes toward the show when you click on products!

    ESV Study Bible
    By ESV Bibles by Crossway

    I have not read this Psalms - the prayer book, but I do admire Dietrich Bonhoeffer and am interested in this resource.

     

     

     

     

     

    SPF 085: How Do We Accurately Interpret the Bible Part 2

    What does the Bible say? What does the Bible mean? Great questions and Today we are talking more about how to accurately interpret Scriptures when we are reading them or even listening to people teach them.  

    Listen to Part One Here: sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode84

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    Interpreting Scripture Part 2

    Two red flags of personal interpretation:

    1. Relativism: If we read the Bible and come away thinking - this doesn’t apply because it was a different culture or time, we are coming away with a view that the Bible is relative.

    2. Subjectivism: is when the truth of a statement is absolutely determined by the subject. This happens when we read Scripture and distort the objective meaning of the terms to suit our own interests.

    If subjectivism is true regarding God’s Word, then it would mean God is hypocritical, contradicting Himself, because there would be many different meanings for different people.

    Eisegisis - coming to the text and read into the text something that isn’t there at all

    Exegesis - coming to the text and drawing out of the text what is there

    Hermeneutics

    The primary principle of hermeneutics we talked about last episode is Scripture is to interpret Scripture.

    The second principle is the Bible should be interpreted according to it’s literal sense.

    • Literal comes from the latin word “litera” meaning letter. To interpret something literally is to pay attention to the litera or the letters being used.
    • RC Sproul writes “the Bible may be a very special book, being uniquely inspired by the Holy Sprite, but that inspiration does not transform the letters of the words or the sentences of the passages into magical phrases. Under inspiration a noun remains a noun and a verb remains a verb. Questions do not become exclamations, and historical narratives do not become allegories."
    • To be accurate interpreters we need to know the rules of grammar, and know what is called genre analysis. 
    • Genre analysis is the study of things like literary forms, figures of speech and style.

    Keep Learning, Keep Growing, Keep Trying

    “We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” RC Sproul

    A few things you can do to keep growing in your skills as an interpreter:

    1. Learn the rules of hermeneutics
    2. Brush up on grammar
    3. Learn the historical information about the book of the Bible you are reading - who wrote it, when? To who? What was going on at the time? This will help you accurately understand what was being written and help you apply it personally to your life.
    4. Invest in some resources for your bible study like an ESV Strong's Concordance
    5. Read Scripture - get to know the stories and history to become better at cross-referencing

    Resources:

    Hermeneutic Principles: http://www.generationword.com/notes_for_notesbooks_pg/hermeneutics_web_files/psoft.masonry(1).htm

    Ligonier.org - RC Sproul's ministry will a ton of free resources

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    Knowing Scripture
    By R. C. Sproul
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    HarperCollins Christian Publishing

     

     

     

     

    SPF 084: How do We Accurately Interpret Scripture? Part 1

    What joy must have flooded the hearts of many a person when Martin Luther got German Bibles into his fellow country-man’s hands and people were reading the Word of God in their own language. With that came a responsibility to understand how to interpret what we read in the Bible. Today we are talking about personal interpretation and a quick lesson in how to handle the Scriptures correctly.

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    Knowing Scripture

    The word Thesaurus comes from a greek word “thesauros”which means treasury or storehouse.

    The Bible is our treasury. A storehouse and wealth of truth.

    "There is a treasury of significance and application in every single verse. Every verse is pregnant with significance for our lives.” You could not exhaust one verse of Scripture in our lifetime.

    The Scripture is a treasury but there are things we must recognize about the Holy Scriptures or we can have this treasury yet come up wanting, or worse yet, on a wrong trajectory.

    The Bible is Objective

    "It has often been charged that the Bible can’t be trusted because people can make it say anything they want it to say. This charge would be true if the Bible were not the objective Word of God, if it were simply a wax nose, able to be shaped, twisted, and distorted to teach one’s own precepts.” RC Sproul

    The Analogy of Faith

    To prevent unbridled, speculative, and fanciful interpretations of Scriptures, the Reformers put forth a fundamental truth that should govern all biblical interpretation called the "Analogy of Faith" which means: Scripture interprets Scripture.

    Look at the overall meaning of the Bible when we are trying to interpret the meaning of a specific verse.

    The “analogy of faith” is a reformed hermeneutical principle which states that, since all scriptures are harmoniously united with no essential contradictions, therefore, every proposed interpretation of any passage must be compared with what the other parts of the bible teach. In other words, the “faith,” or body of doctrine, which the scriptures as a whole proclaim will not be con tradicted in a ny way by any passage. Therefore, if two or three different interpretations of a verse are equally possible, any interpretation that contradicts the clear teaching of any other scriptures must be ruled out from the beginning. - Monergism.org

    If any interpretation contradicts the whole of Scripture, we can know that that interpretation is not correct.

    Guiding Principles of Personal Interpretation

    There are boundaries set as we personally interpret the Scriptures in our own time in the Word.

    Remember! There is one correct meaning, but many applications.

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    Stay tuned for Part 2 on episode 85!

    Resources

    Olive Tree Bible App with the ESV Strong's numbers

    Ligonier.org - Knowing Scripture talks: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/daily-video/2018/05/14/private-interpretation/

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    Knowing Scripture
    By R. C. Sproul

     

     

     

     

    SPF 083: Christ's Preeminence & How It Changes Us

    The preeminence of Christ sounds like a $10 word - at least to me - but the word simply means superior. Christ is preeminent over all things but today we are taking a closer look at 5 areas of Christ’s superiority and why it practically matters in our day to day living. From hurt feelings, to tempers, to purpose, to hope, Christ’s preeminence will wow us and guide us. 

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    Life Hack

    Bathroom rugs: ditch the fluffy bathroom rugs for flat woven rugs. It will not show foot traffic and keep you from having to do laundry more often.

    Take a look at these bathmats from Wayfair (I literally just did a google search - we got ours at Target . . . seven years ago!)

     NOPE! Ditch the fluffy mats - they get matted down by foot traffic too quickly!

    NOPE! Ditch the fluffy mats - they get matted down by foot traffic too quickly!

     BINGO! A flat woven mat is where it's at! Cotton washes and dries well too.

    BINGO! A flat woven mat is where it's at! Cotton washes and dries well too.

    The Preeminence of Christ & How it Changes Us

    Preeminence: The fact of surpassing all others; superior (dictionary.com)

    You can find the verses for these topics on the free worksheet under resources below.

    No 1.

    Christ is superior because He has always existed

    No 2.

    Christ is superior because He created all things and He created them for Himself

    No 3.

    Christ is superior because He is holy/sinless

    No 4.

    Christ is superior because He is head of the Church

    No. 5 

    Christ is superior because He had dominion over death

    Right belief in Christ's preeminence changes our daily living.

    1. Humbles us

    2. Gives us great joy (and hope)

    3. Gives us perspective (with our emotions and with who we fear - God or man)

    Resources

    Free Worksheet

    Download a free worksheet on the preeminence of Christ. Read Scriptures and underline key words, and gather verses for your own study.

    Get the worksheet here: Preeminence of Christ

    Sermon Jam - John Piper

    Ligoneir article on the Sinlessness of Christ

    Books I love (affiliate links)

     

     

     

     

    SPF 082: Cultivating Godly Leadership in our Roles

    Whether you’re in an official leadership position or not, as Christians we are leaders in some regard - whether as a mother, or a bible study leader, or discipling women, or teaching a class or sharing the Gospel, the Bible has great practical instructions for us in the area of godly leadership. Today we are looking at Acts 27 and contrast a centurion’s hurtful leadership with Paul’s helpful leadership and learn 3 ways we can graciously lead others.

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    Tell them you heard about camp from me! (They like me ;) I'll actually be up there to train counselors on praying the Scriptures this month!

    Distinctly Christian Leadership

    John Piper wrote a brief article about distinctly Christian leadership having our goals as leaders defined by Scriptures.

    1. we are to take people and move them toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people.

    2. that those we lead would not exclude people based on a prejudice we have - God will have people from every tribe and language

    3. our goal as a christian leader is not to make our name great famous, nor are we the authority; it is our goal in leading others to make His name great. There is a christian attitude of humility and service in distinctly christian leadership. Luke 22:25-26

    Duties of a Christian Leader vary - some may include:

    • Wash feet John 13:1-17
    • rebuke Matthew 16:23
    • discipling Matthew 18:15-20
    • serve at our own expense 1 Cor 9:7
    • issue strong imperatives 1 for 5:2, 11:16

    Christian Leadership Example in Acts 27

    Acts 27

    Three things we learn hurtful leadership from Julius:

    He feared failure - blind to good judgement, fear of failure can impair the safety of those under us. It can hold us back from doing what needs to be done, especially in times of trouble

    He trusted in his own authority - we do have authority but we must remember to submit it to the Lordship of God - we can make choices and decisions but not to elevate our own name and our own dreams and theories and ideals - we make God’s name great

    He despaired in trouble - the centurion along with all the sailors were feeling very hopeless, they were throwing things overboard they were panicked - they were not going to the one in whom there is always hope to be found;

    There things we learn about helpful leadership from Paul:

    Takes initiative - he spoke up many times even though he had no office - first of all he was respected - we know this because after they crash the soldiers want to kill the prisoners to make sure none escape but Julius favored Paul and wanted him to live. Paul initiated in sharing wisdom about the ship and sailing and then he stood up again and gave instruction and great encouragement in trouble - he wasn’t saying I told you so - that’s not helpful! He wasn’t about his own pride - he was about pointing people to the Gospel and using any opportunity to do so.

    Spoke with authority - he instructs people about God and he does it with authority because God is true. He has conviction and is on mission. It could have made him look crazy, but when we know the truth we can stick our neck out knowing that God will eventually open the eyes of everyone to see - if not now, at Judgement

    He encouraged and strengthened others - with a supernatural calmness too - we have to remember that chaos breeds chaos; godly leaders lead others to the Truth to encourage and strengthen them

    Application

    How can you take initiative take people and move them toward godliness, towards worship, towards honoring Jesus, towards loving people?

    Ideas:

    • we can take initiative - invite women to get together and read the bible
    • We can know the Scriptures and be bold when we share them - not a jerk, but confident
    • we can encourage and strengthen others with truth - do you know the Word well enough to encourage someone to hope? Are you learning and growing in the nutrition of the pure word? And are you engaging with those you are leading with the Word?

    Resources

    John Piper Leadership article: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-leadership

    Video referenced about Cory Asbury - this is not to create drama, but in case anyone would like to investigate and be discerning. God is King - not me - honor Him :) Minute 8 is where I addressed.

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    SPF 081: How Do We Love Those We Don't Click With?

    How can we be gracious with people in our lives that we just don’t click with? The people I like to call, our spiritual sandpaper? Today we looking at what the Bible says about loving one another, even the people who chew really loud.

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    How Do We Love Those we Don't Click with?

    God is sanctifying us to be set apart from the world! God uses a variety of things, including people to mature us for His glory and our good.

    When answering how do we love those we don't click with we need to consider what the Word says about loving one another.

    1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

    • the commandment is to believe in Jesus and love another- is inseparable 
    • Our creed is shown by conduct - what we believe will come out in our actions, and how we behave will show what we believe
    • loving one another is bound up in our faith in Christ to be the one who forgives our sins and gives us everything we need for life and godliness

    There are blessings to loving others:

    • loving others shows assurance of our salvation - 1 John 4:7, 1 John 3:14, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 4:8, 1 John 2:9-10
    • loving others shows the world that we are disciples of Christ - it is evangelism that proclaims the existence of God by how we treat fellow believers! John 13:35

    Galatians 5:13-15 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

    • We are in freedom to love because we get to love out of the fullness of Christ in our hearts.
    • We are not slaves to the flesh - to the empty ways of trying to satisfy ourselves. Don’t return to those things, those ways.

    Practical Truths about Love

    1. Love in the 1 John 3:23 verse is in the present tense - this means to love calls for a continual practice of selfless, sacrificial, God-like love.
    2. Love is not a feeling, but a choice 
    3. We are called to imitate how God loves us - specifically, sacrificially, does not require it to be reciprocal
    4. NOT ONLY IMITATE - John Piper talks about this - “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Yes, but not by copying my fruit, but by connecting to my vine. You don’t mainly imitate. You participate. Your love for each other is not a simulation of mine, but a manifestation of mine. You are the branches. I am the vine. If you abide in me, you can bear fruit, and prove to be my disciples. This its how all people know you are truly my disciples.”

    SHOWING LOVE TO OTHERS IS ONLY POSSIBLE because we are grafted into the vine - into the life and love of Christ. We love as he loved because we love with his love.

    Questions to Ponder

    So when I think of how can be gracious to people I don’t click with, I need to be asking myself, how can I obey God in loving others.

    • How can I be patient with others?
    • How can I put aside pure preference of things rather than starting fights and quarrels about them
    • How can I serve out of the joy of my salvation? The freedom I have in Christ?
    • How can I be objective about loving others rather than relying on a feeling.

    Resources

    John Piper article about loving one another:

    https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-new-commandment-of-christ-love-one-another-as-i-have-loved-you

    https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/as-i-have-loved-you-love-one-another

    SPF 018: Do Feelings Triumph over Truth?

    Table Talk - Ligonier Magazine https://www.ligonier.org/tabletalk/

    SPF 080: Is God Who You Think He Is?

    Is God who You think He is? John 4:24 Jesus tells us to worship God in spirit and in Truth and later on in 8:28 Jesus says that the truth sets us free. We are to worship God, which means the true things about God, but we can get mixed up with our feelings, with good songs, with our past that can distort our view of God. Are we worshiping God in truth or are we believing lies about God? Today we are looking at  attributes of God found in His Word to help us worship the ONE TRUE God. 

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    Is God Who You Think He Is?

    God is God and He has attributes that can be known about Him as studied in the Word of God.

    Though we can never fully exhaust God or ever comprehend all He is and all He does and will do, He still allows us to know Him.

    “A spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature. The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in the Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped… something more than a theoretical God is only truly known in the soul as we yield ourselves to Him and submit to His authority , and regulate all the details of our lives by His holy precepts and commandments." - AW Pink The Attributes of God

    Scriptures talked about:

    Job 1-2

    Acts 17

    Attributes of God

    First as we study God’s attributes we need to know that there are two main classifications of His attributes.

    No. 1  Incommunicable attributes - meaning he does not share these attributes with anyone or anything 

    aseity, eternal, omnipresence, immutable, omnipotent,

    No. 2 Communicable attributes - meaning God shares these attributes with other beings.

    righteous, merciful, good, loving, just, wrathful

    Application

    Pick an attribute of God and look it up in Scripture.

    Study it with your kids or with a small group of women.

    After writing down verses ask yourself what does this attribute of God mean for your daily living?


    Find the free infographic of God's Attributes here:

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    SPF 079: Should Women Know Theology?

    Should women know theology? What is theology? Why is it important? Let’s find out. Plus 5 ways theology has changed me.

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    Should Women Know Theology?

    Should women know theology - yes - actually, I think it’s imperative that we as women pursue the knowledge of theology. I think it’s imperative we become better THEOLOGIANS!

    Theology: the study of God

    Theology is not just an understanding of God, but an application of our understanding of God.

    But everyone is a theologian because we all have a view of God.

    Why is it imperative for women to know theology?

    • Because it gives us a right view of God.
    • It gives us a right view of ourselves.
    • It gives us a right view of our circumstances.
    • It shows Gods Lordship, Sovereignty, Wisdom, Love, Justice, Holiness - over all things.
    • It is TRUTH. and the truth sets us free.
    • “Truth works"

    High view of theology with lead to more and more freedom. 

    Practical Theology for Women

    Wendy Alsup has an excellent book called, "Practical Theology for Women" that I recommend! She talkes about good theology is important because it gives us an accurate faith.

    Reminds us that theology is incredibly practical - it gives us the foundation of our faith and Hebrews tells us without faith it is impossible to please God

    Theology is about knowing God but also appropriating that truth to our lives!

     

    Five Ways Theology has Changed Me

    1. Better interpretation of Scripture which has given me greater joy and assurance 
    2. Helped me defend the faith and articulate it more clearly - to instruct what is right and good and true
    3. Theology has helped me understand the biblical role of church and pastors
    4. Theology has helped me leave behind anxiety
    5. Theology has helped me do hard things

    Great Resources for Growing in Theology

    Here are some great ways to grow as better theologians:

    • Read the Bible whole chapters at a time and research the book of the Bible - who wrote it, to who, why, what was going on at the time?
    • Study the Word - do a inductive or investigative Bible study - templates are online
    • Read good theologians - J.C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, Wayne Grudem
    • Listen to good sermons - R.C. Sproul, Steven Lawson, Charles Spurgeon

    Websites that are helpful:

    • gotquestions.org
    • biblegateway.com
    • logos.com (there is a free lite app version)
    • Matthew Henry Commentary
    • Ligoneir.com