This study begins a series examining relationships with God that have some form of distortion and seeing how God moves them to a foundation of love. In this study, we begin the life of Elijah.
This study completes our examination of the life of Elijah and his growth from a relationship with God based upon Responsibility and Knowledge to one based upon Love.
In this study, we begin exploring the life of Jonah and see how a distorted patriotism distorts his relationship with God. We also digress to discuss Sheol and Purgatory.
In this study, we examine the scriptural basis for Purgatory and explore perspectives on sin and forgiveness.
The first half of this study concludes our discussion of the Biblical basis of Purgatory. The second half answers a question about prayer and then continues our exploration of the book of Jonah.
In this study, we conclude our exploration of the book of Jonah and Patriotism as an incorrect foundation for our relationship with God and focus on themes of mercy, forgiveness, and repentance.
In this study, we examine the account of Cornelius the Centurion to see how our human goodness is not a proper foundation for our relationship with God.
This study begins our examination of the book of Job including the background of the book, the character of Job, and possible shortcomings in his relationship with God.
We continue the study of the Book of Job focusing on the friends' rigid religion and Job's bewilderment at God's actions. We discuss the problem of spiritual dishonesty and the danger of not letting reality challenge our understanding of God.
We continue our study of the Book of Job to see Job's continued bewilderment at God and the friends' highly defensive and violent reaction when Job challenges their view of God and religion with reality.
We continue our study of the Book of Job and shift our focus from the shortcomings of the friends to the shortcomings of Job and identify the dysfunction in Job's relationship with God. We then start the speech of Elihu and explore how his approach is different from both Job and the friends.
Our study on Job continues with an exploration of the words of Elihu and his taking Job to task for questioning God's justice. God afflicts Job because He loves Job and God blesses Job because He loves him. Every dimension of God's relationship with us is clothed in His love for us.
In this conclusion to the Foundations of Bible Study series, we review Elihu's speech, see how God addresses Job whom He had so complimented at the beginning of the book, see how Job's coming to self knowledge in the face of God transforms his relationship with God, and then review how the entire Foundations of Bible Study series ties together.