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What important historical events can you see illustrated in this slide ?. Knowing God through History. How could we tell if God has had a hand in guiding a historical event ? What could we learn about God if God did interfere in history?.

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Knowing God through History

  • How could we tell if God has had a hand in guiding a historical event ?
  • What could we learn about God if God did interfere in history?
  • To identify events in which God has changed the course of history
  • To evaluate whether history is a good way of knowing God

Describe a time in your life, or in the life of someone you know, where God might have had a hand in “guiding their history”.

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Point: Overall, I think that..

Ev: One example of when God did act in history is..

Ex: This example shows that..

Pt: However, there are time when God does not act in history.

Ev: One example is..

Ex: This example shows that..

1. Read the “historical coincidences”.

2. Sort them into groups:

  • Events that show God IS acting in human history for our good
  • Events that show God MIGHT be acting in history, but could be coincidence/ luck
  • Events that show God is NOT acting, or are unlucky accidents

3. Overall, do you think God does act in most historical events or not? Explain with PEE.

  • Your simple answer to this question
  • PEE for one example that supports this idea.
  • PEE for one example that suggests God just lets us get on with our own lives, however bad we are.

- Conclusion – what does your evidence prove overall? Does God act in most historical events or not?

*** Is looking at history a useful way of seeing God at work? Explain.

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Draw footprints, & lable them with all the events in history when God acted in a clear way to change the course of history.

**What was God’s interference meant to achieve in all these cases ?

Call and Promise to Abraham & his descendants

Birth of Jesus

Constantine’s vision

Call of Moses

Conversion of St Paul, whose preaching helped people understand Jesus, so believe in Him