WARRI DIOCESAN BIBLE SCHOOL RETREAT
TOPIC: GOD’S DIVINE PURPOSE
TEXT: JER. 1: 5; 29:11
AIM: To appreciate the Divine concern of God for His creatures especially Christians.
The Lord who created the universe and all that is in it has a divine purpose and master plan for all mankind; He is not an absentee landlord as claimed by some non Christian Philosophers. When man fell from grace, He initiated his restoration back to grace through the redemptive work of His son Jesus Christ. This all embracing divine gesture and benevolence is what has brought us to the Christian fold today. This is the confidence we have in Him, knowing that He who has brought us thus far will not abandon us now or in anytime of crisis. Presently, the nation and the church is faced with very disturbing challenges, in the like of insecurity, economic hardship, corruption, persecution of Christians, etc. As disturbing as all these seems, Christians take solace in the promises contained in God’s word in Jer. 29: 11 and Ps. 34:13. As we pray, we are encouraged to be steadfast and uncompromising, believing that there will be light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- What is your view about the divine purpose of God manifested through Jesus Christ? Rom. 5:8
- Why do some Christians feel abandoned by God during trials? Rom. 9:20-24, 1 Cor. 10: 13
- As a nation do you think there is hope of survival for us? Discuss your views in line with the following: (a) Incessant killings of the innocent (b) Economic hardship (c) Corruption (d) 2019 Election.
- As a Christian, what is your assurance that God has a divine purpose for you? Share personal experience with the group. Eph. 1:11, Rom. 8: 28, 1 Cor. 12: 6.
Storms and life’s challenges have forceful tendencies that may cause us to doubt the capacity of God to deliver; but the more we keep trusting in the midst of hopelessness the more we draw closer to our deliverance and confuse the enemies.
MEMORY VERSE: Jer. 1:4-5