Does God Need Our Help?

Posted: April 27, 2015 in CORE

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It only seems to take a spark to get a conversation going.  Yesterday was just another example of my beautifully prepared lesson being put on the back-burner in favor of discussing a great question.

“Does God need our help?”

This question was sparked by by a Children’s Sermon given at Manchester United Methodist Church earlier that morning.  The topic for the wee tots was lighthearted in nature: “In what ways can we be helpful?”

The sweet cherubs cheerfully shared ways to be helpful to parents, siblings, and friends.  Then the question was asked, “How can we be helpful to God?”

When the teens of CORE got together following the church service, the students reflected on the concept.  “Does God really need our help?”  Good question, CORE.  Really.Good.Question.

This leads us into some controversial theology.  I want to train and equip the students with various perspectives, as well as biblical support.  I want to challenge them, teach them, and lead them in understanding God’s nature through His Word.

I also want to take time to thoughtfully prepare lessons.  It is quite difficult to tackle such deep subjects on-the-fly, so I pray that the Lord will be merciful with me.

In answering this question, I posed another question: What does Scripture reveal to us about God’s nature?  Here’s one passage from Ephesians 2:1-5, 8-10

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.  But because of his great love for us,God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved…For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.  

Using this passage, we discussed God’s sovereign control.  As seen above, it is only by His work that we can obtain salvation (Eph 2:8-9).  We also discussed issues of sin and freewill (Eph 2:2-3).

So, what is the answer to this question?!

Ultimately, I did not give a clear answer to the students; instead, I challenged them to search Scripture.  While we will not find one clear, black-and-white answer, we will read 66 books that reveal God’s nature.  Is He a God who lets things happen?  Or is He a God who is always in control?  What does the Old and New Testament reveal?  Remember, we are sanctified by the Truth, and The Word is Truth (John 17:17).

Can a man be of benefit to God?
    Can even a wise person benefit him?
What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous?
    What would he gain if your ways were blameless?

Is it for your piety that he rebukes you                                                                                                             and brings charges against you?                                                                                                             Is not your wickedness great?                                                                                                                    Are not your sins endless?  Job 22:2-5


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