In the Fall we had planned a Q & A night for Bible 316 but due to the Oregon weather we had to cancel. Lucky for us, last week we were able to make it happen! High school leaders Jasmine Timm, Aly Ogan, and Sean Duncan answered questions students had asked throughout the school year.
Q & A NIGHT
1. “Someone in my class brought this up and I wasn’t really sure how to answer them: “Why has God killed so many people in the Bible, but satan has hardly killed any?”
-God is the only one who is in control of life and death; satan has to get permission. Even in Job, satan had to get permission from God.
-satan uses sin to kill slowly and silently- it is actually our sin that satan uses most to kill us.
-difference between murder and killing (unjust vs. just) God lets us live.
-Job 1:12 “The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”
2. “How do I decide where to go to college?”
SCRIPTURE: proverbs 15:22
-Get a lot of counsel; “plans fail for lack of counsel” (proverbs 15:22)
-get 5 people who know you well and have poured into you and talk to them
-sometimes we put too much pressure on God only wanting us to go to one school; you have freedom to decide where to go and he can use you anywhere. just decide
-if it’s the wrong school, God will make that apparent over time
-sometimes we over-spiritualize decisions, but we can make decisions based off guidelines in Scripture and conventional wisdom God has given (i.e. which is more financially sound?)
-which one makes more sense (financially, spiritually, community. What resources do they have? Will you be part of a healthy, gospel-centered church?)
-what are your desires? What excites you? What are your motives?
3. “Tips on how to properly seek out community in college?”
-Research churches before you go; make sure it’s multigenerational
-use your resources; Pastors and your leaders would love to help you find a good church
-seek out other people who are going with you and looking for community too
-attend church no matter what on the first Sunday of school
-try out three different ones if you don’t find one
-pray for God to provide
-step out and actually try; you have to make an effort
-MAKE SURE you look at their statement of faith on their website; if they don’t have it, ask for it
You have to put yourself out there. Be concerned with the needs of others, join in on events going around you, listen well to people when they talk, and be a good friend- those things will reciprocate themselves
Hebrews 10:25-25- 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
4. “Is the God we worship at the barn the same God worshipped in mosques? Why or why not?”
-The true God is a triune God (Father, Son, HS); the muslims do not worship a triune God. Luke 10:16 whoever rejects Jesus rejects the Father
-the God of the muslims is Allah (singular)
-it’s all dependent on if God is being worshipped as the True Triune God. God has to work, Jesus has to save, the Spirit has to reveal and change
-Perfect being must be loving, love is a moral perfection
-love gives oneself away, If God is by nature a perfectly loving being
-Greatest conceivable being must be morally perfect, must be all loving, Bible affirms the -> God is love
-Matt 5:43-48 God’s love is impartial, universal, and unconditional
-Contrast with the God of Islam = God does not love sinners in the Quran “God loves not the unbelievers” “God loves not evil doers” “God loves not the transgressors” “God is an enemy to unbelievers”
-God is not all loving, it is partial, and has to be earned
-Islam’s concept of God is morally unacceptable
5. “Do people who commit suicide go to hell?”
-It still all depends on if someone has accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. If you know him, no matter what the last thing was you did here on earth, you will be accepted and welcomed by him
-it is a sin, and it is very sad, but God does not cast them off
- you’ve seen this happen, you have watched tv shows who glorify this- it grieves God when he sees people he has created take their own lives// you don’t lose your salvation but there is purpose in you being here when god wants you here
- we are called to be good stewards, and we know that we will be judged for every sin we do, but we will also be forgiven. the weight will be lifted but that doesn’t excuse it. Imagine the one who has committed suicide: even they will stand before God and see all their sins, but imagine how great their joy will be when they see how Jesus lifted even that sad weight off of them and welcomed them in
- If the last thing you did before you got in a car accident and died was a sin, that wouldn’t equal you going to hell. There is nothing in scripture that says that.
- What scripture does say is: Psalm 34:17-20 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
But he calls for us to treat our body as a temple and to glorify God in our bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
6. “When’s the best time to read?”
-If you’re trying to hear from God and get centered for your day, the morning is the best time.
-There are several Scriptures that talk about rising early in the morning to meet with God:
-Genesis 19:27—Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD;
-Psalm 119:147—“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.”
-Mark 1:35—In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
-For most of you, waking up early is the biggest sacrifice.
-Jesus got alone with God in the morning, so provides a good model for us.
-Figure out the time of day where you’re able to be the most present and most worshipful, where distractions are few.
7. “What do we do with Donald Trump as believers? How do we handle divisiveness?
-pray for him that God would change his heart
-honor him (1 Peter) just as the Jews honored Nero
-1 Peter 2:13-17 – fear God, honor the Emperor. We obey God in all things, we honor what the government says unless it conflicts with what God has said. He is our highest authority.
-remind yourself that our hope isn’t in our president, but in our King. We’re not worried about it, and we can give better news
-it’s a ripe opportunity for Christians to preach the gospel for those who are feeling oppressed; Jesus loves and welcomes the oppressed.
8. “In the Ark, what prevented the animals from eating each other?”
-It’s a miracle. We don’t know how He did it, but we know that he purposed it and did it.
-God is bigger than all of that. We just have to trust that he did it in a miraculous way.
-Read the beginning of Genesis to familiarize yourself with the story, but God provided all information that was necessary for us to know.
9. “Why did Moses sing?”
-To remind the people of what God had done
-To celebrate the Lord’s deliverance
– Exodus 15
10. “If there was/is no sin in heaven, how did Satan come up with the sinful thought of rebellion?”
-there had to be a point in time when angels had a choice; they could decide to follow God or satan. We don’t know how or when God did that, but it did happen.
-we don’t know when the fall happened; it could have (and probably did) happen before the earth was created
-now they are vessels and tools that God uses; they don’t have any choice in being used or not; same with demons
-Revelation 9 (the fall) & Job (the parameters), you can only do what God lets you do
11. “How does the Old Testament God relate to the New Testament one?”
-Same God, different covenants, same purpose: Weaving the same story and bringing people to himself.
-His purpose has always been to glorify himself and to make his people glad in his glory.
-Hebrews 8 talks about the old and new covenant.
-Hebrews 11 talks about God has always been working on the basis of faith.
-Hebrews is a great book to read in general to see how the old covenant relates with the new covenant, and how God has been the same always.
12. “How can I know whether the commands given in the OT apply to me today?”
-If Jesus says it
-OT Laws have principles that we can apply to our life today
-Putting a railing on your roof, care for your neighbor
13. “How do I deal with depression?”
-I haven’t figured a lot of this out, but know that you’re not alone. God gives hope to all broken people, and that includes depressed people.
-Two key things: preach the gospel to yourself and stay in community.
-Read the Psalms. There are plenty of writers who felt the weight of depression, and Psalms express their honesty and their hope at the same time.
-Read Lamentations. The author here is very honest about his depression, yet in chapter 3 gives the hope for living.
-Isaiah 50:4-10. Jesus restores the weary (4) because he has walked in darkness himself (10)
-ASK for help. One of the best things you can do is ask for help from God and from the people around you. God delights in our dependency, and he has given us the church to help carry the weight of some of our burdens.
14. “When asked what your viewpoint is about homosexuality is, how do you address it?”
Romans 1:26-28. We don’t side step truth.
- somebody who already knows what you’re going to say and wants to trap you
- someone who’s actually curious and wants to know
-First question back to them is to tell them “Thank you for asking me. Would you be willing to get coffee with me and talk about it?”
-If you give them the short answer, you could make them angry. It’s better to get to know them first. You don’t need to tell them “the Bible says this” but you can get relational and hear them our and figure out why their asking it.
Someone you do know:
-Little bit easier; they know you love them and they’re not going to go anywhere
-you get to tell them the truth and keep walking with them
Outside the church:
-Lead with the gospel first, not their sin
Inside the church:
-Ask if they believe that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin
-If they’re having a hard time understanding, then you be patient with them and help them to understand God’s word for what is says
-If they do agree, then the issue is rebellion
15. “Is the entire Bible centered around Christ alone?”
-Luke 24:27, 44
17. “Can a person ever lose salvation?”
-John 14: the called are kept
-Romans 8:38-39: nothing can separate us from Christ
-Matthew 13: parable of the seed. Something is always happening with God’s Word; for the one on whom it sticks, it cannot be snatched away.
-If someone is in Christ, they will be kept and called back until the very end.
-If they wander, either they never were or they will be brought back, but we hope in the fact that God keeps his called.
16. “Where did God come from?”
– 2 Tim. 1:9
-He didn’t come from anything or anyone. He always has and has always been.
-God is separate from our confined knowledge
-If he came into existence from someone else he would not be God
17. “What is an atheist v an agnostic?”
-An Athiest has completely rejected the existence of God
-Agnostics believe that there could be a God, but are indifferent. They believe that nothing can be known about a God if there were one. They don’t claim faith or disbelief.
18. “What is Habakkuk about?”
-Why wont the wicked be punished?
-God will use the Babylonians to judge the wicked
-How can God use the Babylonians who are more wicked than the people in Judah?
-God will judge Judah and then he will judge Babylon
-Judgment is up to God, and he can use whatever instruments necessary, but in the end everyone is judged rightly
-Ends in a prayer to God in which Habakkuk expresses his faith and submission to God’s will in the troubling times ahead
-Habakkuk is trying to explain what a godly person’s attitude should be toward the presence of evil in the world. It also addresses the nature of God’s justice in punishing moral evil
19. “What is the best piece of advice for me to take to college?”
-Find a church
-Get in community
-Be a good friend (go out of your way to be kind and serve others)
-Be a good roommate (always look out for the needs of those you are living with)
-Confront conflict or problems RIGHT AWAY
-Use your church to help you find a mentor
-Go to class and make sure you need to buy the book before you waste your money
Phillipians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
20. “What does the Bible say about the roles of women in the church?”
-1 Timothy 2:11-12
-debunk connection between submission in marriage to submission to all men
-speaking v. preaching
-depends on what’s being said on a Sunday: if it’s authoritative and instructive, then it’s a male. If it’s encouraging and evangelistic, anyone can do it.
– family dynamic that God has said, not giving headship over the husband
-trusting in God’s ordained order
-anything below college can have women preach because it’s not instructing adult men
-if a woman is preaching over her husband, that will make their marriage fuzzy and lines of submission will be blurred
-remember that women can do a ton of things
21. “When do passions or interests become a problem of idolatry?”
-How are you approaching your passions? God has given us passions, but are you using them for Jesus?
-Is your primary trust still in Christ, and are you glorifying God with your passions?
-Are your passions and interest bringing glory to yourself/something else or to God?
-Use the community around you who is apart of your life to check in on that..
-John 4:23- 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
22. “How do you introduce the Word to those who criticize it/don’t believe in God?”
-Listen to them and hear them out: why are they hostile to the Word? Why don’t they believe in God?
-Don’t cast your pearls before swine (Matt 7:6). If they don’t want to listen, then move on to the next.
-If they are willing to listen, Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God’s word is always doing something.
-The claims Jesus makes and what people believe about him and how much he has impacted Scripture gives you enough reason to at least look into him.
23. “How can I better incorporate Jesus into my life?”
– Acts 17:28
-If you’re saying you want Jesus in your life more, you want a relationship with him. A relationship requires listening and speaking, so seek him out. Listen to him by reading his word, and speak to him by praying. Not a legalistic thing but a desire to know and be known.
-Give him space and time
-We don’t incorporate, Jesus asks us to make him life
24. “How can I better share the gospel with people my age?”
-If you knew there was a fire in your apartment, would you only tell the people you had relationship with? No, you would tell anyone and everyone. You would figure out a way to communicate that they need to get out of the building.
-Start doing it. Be willing to share about yourself—who you are, what God has done, what he is doing in your life.
-We are called to share ourselves and the gospel with anyone and everyone who will listen.
-Pray for the opportunities, be ready to give the reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15)
25. “What’s a good passage to deal with greed?”
-Bigger barns: Luke 12:13-21, “Rich Fool”
-Rich Young Ruler-
-These are all scriptures that speak to how being greedy entangles you in sin and you cannot bear fruit in that space
26. “What do I do about balancing school and God? Where do I draw the line?”
-Do all that you do to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). It’s not compartmentalized; God has given you school as a responsibility. Do it to the glory of him. Incorporate him in all aspects of your life.
-If you’re getting A’s and B’s your stupid, because you’re trading life for grades
-Be a good steward of what God has given you, work hard, glorify him, but you are a Christian before you are a student
-What is on the throne of your heart? Are you worshiping school?
27. “What are strategies to motivate yourself to read?”
-Choose to spend time with him. When you make a commitment to someone or something, you follow through no matter how you feel.
-As you do it, you get motivation.
28. “What is most important to keep in mind daily in order to stay strong in our faith?”
-the gospel. Paul preaches to believers and non-believers. All need the gospel.
-1 Cor. 15:3 Christ of first importance, preaching to believers
-The gospel again, when you think you have figured it out
Try reading the Gospel Primer
29. “Should I date in high school?”
– Colossians 3:12-17
-we won’t tell you that you can’t, but ask yourself why you want to.
-does it glorify God?
-can you make good decisions
30. “What were the 7 churches in the NT for?”
-These are the seven churches in Revelation 1-3
-Revelation 1:12-20 shows Jesus as the priest who walks amongst the golden lampstands (the 7 churches)
-They show us Jesus’ relation to the church and that he is in complete control.
-Jesus is the candlestick, the churches are the branches. The churches belong to him.
-Out of Jesus comes the churches (gold and beaten lamp stand from OT)
-You can’t knock them because they are his, no matter how messed up they look
-He keeps them as his church
-He walks amongst the churches and keeps them lit, just like the lamp stand and the high priest
-If we know that they are his churches, even if they’re completely dysfunctional, we trust that he is in control of it.
31. “How do I be a good roommate and friend in college?”
-Serve your roommates
-Care about their needs more than your own
-When tempted to be passive aggressive, just confront right way and up front to the person
-pray together consistently
-Wash the dishes often
-remember things that are important to them and ask them about it
-do not go straight into your room and shut the door when you get home- treat it like a family that you greet, ask how they are, update them on how you are, and then go to your room.
-Do not gossip
-Proverbs 16:28 // Proverbs 17:17 // Proverbs 27:5-6