Doctrine: Theology ~ Gen 1:1, Rom 1:18-32, 2 Tim 3:16-17

I.  How Can We Know That God Exists (Romans 1:18-32)

a. What does Romans 1:19 and Ecclesiastes 3:11 declare about man’s knowledge of God’s existence?

b. What will stand as a valid excuse in the Day of Judgment for those who willfully reject Christ (Romans 1:20)?

c. Those that willfully reject Christ are also persuading others to do what?

d. What ways other than His implanted knowledge has God revealed Himself to man? (Psalm 19:1-4)

II.  Why is There Even an Argument

a. What reason does Paul give in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 for so many failing to recognize Christ?

b. Can man through his own wisdom come to truly acknowledge Christ as Lord? (See 1 Corinthians 1:21 and 2:5)

c. Is it possible for Believers to argue, convince, or persuade others into the true knowledge of the existence of God?

Why or why not?

d. Why do sinners willfully suppress the truth about God? (Romans 1:18-20, 23, 25, 28, and 32)                           

III. What Does This Look Like in Believer’s Lives (vs. 16-17)

a. When The Lord by His grace saves a person what is initiated that deepens and grows that person’s knowledge and faith?

b. Is our increase in knowledge and understanding all passively gained by simply believing or is there some requirement incumbent upon the believer of God? (2 Timothy 2:15)

c. Looking back on your journey of faith how has God proven His existence in your life and how is He continuing to prove His Himself?        

IV.  Application:   How do we balance the truths that (1) we are commanded to tell others about God and (2) we have no power to argue, persuade, or compel them into true belief?

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