Valley Life values the “Berean attitude” found in Acts 17. We, like the Bereans, must go the Bible to verify that the things taught in the church are true according to God’s revealed Word.
Lesson 1 Outline:
• What are the Scriptures?
• What does Scripture say about itself?
• How did Jesus view Scripture?
• How did the Apostles view Scripture?
• Does Scripture have any errors or
• How were the 66 books chosen?
• Can Scripture be written today?
Lesson 2 – Theology – The Study of God
A study of God is most about experiencing God (John 17:3). In this section we will explore the various Biblical descriptions of the “God who is there,” as he was aptly described by a well know theologian. To experience God we must learn of his attributes so that we can understand Him in truth. Nevertheless, we must also acknowledge that man cannot know God apart from a personal “born again” experience, which Jesus said was the only way to truly “see” the things of the kingdom of God (John3:3).
Lesson 2 Outline:
• God is incomprehensible, but what does
• How is God known?
• How many gods are there?
• What are God’s attributes?
• Is the Father God?
• Is Jesus God?
• Is the Holy Spirit God?
• What is the Trinity?
• What are some names of God?
Lesson 3 -Creation, Sin, the Cross and the Resurrection
At Valley Life we affirm that God is the author of Salvation (Hebrews 12: 2). Over and over again in the gospels Jesus stresses the necessity of being saved by a direct act of God (for example John 1:13; 3: 5-8; 6: 37, 39, 44). God chooses and then predestines those whom He calls (Romans 8: 28-30; Ephesians 1: 4-6, 11-12; 2: 4-6; also see Acts 13:48).
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
Romans 8: 28-30 (ESV)
This perspective does not preclude the necessity of preaching, confession and belief (Romans 10:8-12). The gospel is God’s means for salvation (Romans 1:16-17). From God’s standpoint He is in control from start to finish (Philippians 1:6). He raises the lost sinner from the state of spiritual death in sin (Ephesians 2: 1, 5) to life in Jesus (Colossians 3: 1-3). God gives the lost sinner the gift of faith so that he can be saved (Ephesians 2: 8-9).