Behold one of the most mysterious and beautiful facets of God’s dealings with humanity: From the moment that you first rest in Jesus Christ as your only hope, you are forever joined with Jesus in such a way that God the Father sees you always and only in Jesus. Through faith, the deeds of Jesus become your deeds, his life becomes your life, and all his goodness is credited to your account (John 17:20 – 23; Romans 4:22 – 25; 5:17 – 19; 6:11; Colossians 3:3). Jesus Christ on the cross joined himself with sins that were not his own.
God only ever wants what is best for those who are in Christ. No matter what the circumstances or how difficult things may seem, he promises it is for our good and his glory.
The Bible offers proof of this. Consider the following passage from Paul's letter to the Romans:
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (ESV)
Acts 16 marks the beginning of Paul’s second missionary journey. After delivering the letter from the Jerusalem Council to the believers in Antioch, Paul decides to revisit those places where he had previously set up churches. Along with Silas he sets out to deliver the letter and encourage those churches. After recruiting Timothy to his mission and having been directed by the Holy Spirit to Philippi in Macedonia, Luke tells the story three very different people and the power of the gospel to unite them.
The Bible has some interesting things to say about the importance of God’s Word and how it relates to His personal presence with us.
Everyone wants to experience a deeper intimacy with God and feel a greater sense of His presence and be filled with more of His Spirit. And the Bible tells us that the main way that happens is through His Word, the Bible.
It is helpful to think of this in trinitarian categories - God’s word as a revelation of God, more specifically of Jesus Christ and, more specifically again, the Spirit of Christ.
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Captiol Hill Baptist Church, preached 66 sermons on every book of the Bible. The Old Testament sermon series was made into the book Promises Made. The New Testament Overview series formed the book Promises Kept. The entire series available online and the links posted below.
The Bible is not a collection of stories. It is one story, the story of God’s plan to rescue His people from sin and death. It is the story of redemption, the gospel message of Jesus Christ. And it’s our story, too.
This year, Junior Youth Guild will be using The Gospel Project for Kids. It is a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events—presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more.
"Let’s illustrate this for the children. Your daddy is standing in a swimming pool out a little bit from the edge. You are, let’s say, three years old and standing on the edge of the pool. Daddy holds out his arms to you and says, “Jump, I’ll catch you. I promise.” Now, how do you make your daddy look good at that moment? Answer: trust him and jump. Have faith in him and jump. That makes him look strong and wise and loving. But if you won’t jump, if you shake your head and run away from the edge, you make your daddy look bad. It looks like you are saying, “he can’t catch me” [i.e., he's incompetent] or “he won’t catch me” [i.e., he's mean] or “it’s not a good idea to do what he tells me to do” [i.e., he's unwise]. And all three of those make your dad look bad.