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God’s Providence. Bible Truths gathered: Biblical Theology. God’s Providence. John Wesley’s father: Samuel Fire at rectory at Epworth John: “brand plucked from the fire” Bringing in God’s fruit. God’s Providence. Introduction Psalm 103:19; 135:6; Eph. 1:11 Biblical statements

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God s providence

God’s Providence

Bible Truths gathered:

Biblical Theology


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God’s Providence

  • John Wesley’s father: Samuel

    • Fire at rectory at Epworth

    • John: “brand plucked from the fire”

    • Bringing in God’s fruit


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God’s Providence

  • Introduction

    • Psalm 103:19; 135:6; Eph. 1:11

  • Biblical statements

    • Prov. 16:9

    • Prov. 16:33

    • Rom. 8:28


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God’s Providence

  • Practical explanation

    • Using “natural phenomena”

    • Shedd: uses second causes

    • Thiessen: continuous working of His purposes

ex nihilo


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God’s Providence

  • Practical operation

    • Physical universe

      • Job 9:5-7; 37:10; Psa. 147:16-18; Acts 14:17; Mat. 5:45

    • Animal creation

      • Job 12:10; Psa. 147:9; Mat. 10:29


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God’s Providence

  • Over the nations

    • Job 12:23; Psa. 22:28; 75:6-7; Dan. 2:38-39; Acts 17:28; Rom. 13:1

  • Over individuals

    • As to birth and lot in life

      • 1 Sam. 1:1; Esther 4:14; Psa. 139:16; Jere. 1:5; Gal. 1:15-16


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God’s Providence

  • Over individuals

    • As to success and failure

      • Psa. 76:6-7; Luke 1:52; Prov. 21:1; 1 Sam. 2:6-8

    • As to seemingly accidental things

      • Prov. 16:33


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God’s Providence

  • Over individuals

    • As to the needs of God’s people

      • Psa. 4:8; 5:12; 63:8; Phi. 4:19

    • As to destinies of saved & unsaved

      • Psa. 73:24; 37:23-24; 11:6

    • As to free acts of men

      • Ezra 7:27; Prov. 16:1; 19:21; 21:1; Jere. 10:23; Phi. 2:13


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God’s Providence

  • Over evil acts of fallen creatures

    • Preventative providence

      • Gen. 20:6; Psa. 19:13

    • Permissive providence

      • Deut. 8:2; Hosea 4:7; Rom. 1:24, 28

    • Directive providence

      • Gen. 50:20; John 13:27; Acts 4:28


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God’s Providence

  • End toward which providence is directed

    • Happiness of God’s creatures

      • Acts 14:17; Rom. 2:4

    • Salvation & preparation of His people

      • Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:9

    • His own glory: Isa. 48:11; Eph. 1:11-12


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God’s Providence

  • Wrong theories

    • Fatalism

    • Causalism

    • General providence

  • Arguments against general

    • Must start with small stuff

    • God’s love

    • Christian experience


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God’s Providence

  • Providence is not “luck.”

    • Think about a “rabbit’s foot.”

    • DTS—founded 1924

    • Harry Ironside’s prayer

    • Interruption by secretary

    • Dr. Chafer’s remark


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God’s Providence

  • A look at God’s providence and direction in geography of the Middle East & Palestine.


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