Involvement in a Small Group gives you and your family the opportunity to create deep personal connections with other Christian families. While you & your family are forging new relationships & being encouraged to grow spiritually; a Small Group is an ideal environment to welcome others to connect and receive the gospel message. Contact our Small Group Ministry Leader, John Rakestraw, with questions.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 55:10, 11
ANSWER KEYS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE RESOURCE ROOM
Questions taken from SAMPLE TESTS of a past Northeast Colorado Bible Bowl
Employers normally have certain standards in the hiring of new employees. They are interested in the former work history of the job seeker. Education, experience and knowledge are usually at the top of the list. Also important are dependability, appearance, honesty and congeniality. Several other traits will no doubt be considered in determining if the candidate is qualified for the job. Experience, knowledge and education are often hazy areas because of the variance in expectation and preparation from place to place. Repetition could be mistaken as experience. Practice makes perfect only if the practice is not flawed. Many others of the qualifications might be equally difficult to evaluate. If the candidate is hired and performs well, perks, bonuses and a good retirement could follow.
God is looking for people to qualify for His kingdom also. However, no experience is required and no evaluation of character traits is admin-istered (2 Pe 3:9) (Mt 11:28) (Rom 5:10). We sign this contract of grace through faith, which requires obedience (Eph 2:8-9) (Acts 2: 38). We are then Christ’s servants to do good works (Eph 2:10). God’s and Christ’s Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32) (Eph 3:16) gives us the strength to grow on the job (2 Pe 3:18), give comfort (2Cor 1:3-4), forgive (Col 3:13), and many other Christ-like behaviors (Php 4:8-9) (Gal 5:22-23).
We are given many impressive titles as we work: Priest (1 Pe 2:5), Ambassador (2 Cor 5:20), Heir (Rom 8:17), and Children of God (Rom 8:15-16). Perhaps the most desired title might be “friend” of Jesus (Jo 15:14). We have many perks here on earth, love and peace (2 Cor 13:11), direct access to the “Boss” (Mk 11:24) (Php 4:6), and an unlimited spiritual expense account (Mt 7:7-8). Obviously, the retirement plan is unequaled, eternal life (Rev 22:3-5), freedom from pain and death (Rev 21: 3-4), and best of all, fellowship with Jesus in His Father’s house (Jo 14:1-4). All of this because we are considered (declared) qualified (righteous) because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Rom 5:19) (Rom 3:22) (1 Pe 3:18).
Those tiny dust specks we see when the sun shines through a window certainly seem insignificant and without distinction. Usually we use a dust cloth or a vacuum cleaner to get rid of them. We consider them too small to be important and without any influence or meaning.
Imagine how much tinier earth would look from the far parts of the universe, let along the humans who inhabit it. How insignificant we might look from the perspective of the Creators of the universe (Gen 1:26-27) (Col 1:16-17). Ironically, humans are made from the dust of the earth, (Ecc 3:20) (Ps 103:14) (Gen 2:7) yet we are not considered insignificant by our God. Far from it. In fact, we were created in God’s image (1:27) and endowed with an eternal soul (2:7) Each individual is different with special gifts ( Mt 10:30).
How ridiculous it would be if dust particles could reason for them to rebel against humans or deny their existence. Yet this is exactly what many humans do to God (Rom 1:19-21) (Ps 14:1). The whole Bible relates the extent of God’s grace and mercy towards a disobedient and rebellious people (Ex 34:6-7) (Heb 8:12) (1 Jo 1:9) (Rom 2:4) (Rom 5:8-10) (1 Pe 3:9).
There will come a time when rebellious sinners will so totally divorce themselves from God’s love that He will have to give them over to their sinful desires (Rom 1:24, 26,28) (Heb 10:26-31). Satan will gleefully use his evil “vacuum cleaner” to suck up the human dust and get rid of it (1 Pe 5:8) ( Lk 22:3) (2 Cor 11:14) (Mt 16:23).
Why God loves His people so much that it even starts before birth, (Jer 1:5) (Ps 139:13-16) might be because they have joined themselves to Christ and He sees us as part of His son (Rom 6:3-6) (Gal 3: 26-28) (Rom 8:15-17). Rather than being insignificant, we are precious in God’s sight (Ps 116:15) (1 Pe 2:4-5). He will reward the faithful with a new spiritual and imperishable body (1 Cor 15:42-54) and with a new name (Rev 2:17).