Everything listed under: Decision Making

  • Decision Making - Session 11

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 11Making the Decision - the TemplateSupporting Concepts  I present the following observations and concepts that I have not directly addressed or only been mentioned in passing in our study. Some have been assumed. Nonetheless, I believe them to be helpful in the decision making process. God honoring decisions can only be made by those who are genuine believers. Unfortunately, genuine believers also can mak...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 10

    Exploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 10Foundations for Decision MakingThe following is my shortened version of  “Principles for Decision Making” by Garry Friesen. It is used by permission, Garry Friesen.  Also my clarifications are noted in brackets [ ].The full text can be found at gfriesen.net.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 9

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 9Wisdom and Decision MakingThus far we have learned that there are some things that we just can’t know in advance. These things are held tightly by God who hasn’t chosen to reveal them to us. He has every right to do this.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 8

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 8Prayer and Decision MakingNAU  James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 7

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 7God’s Guidance and Extra-Biblical MeansLast week we learned that the Bible is all we need for living a life that pleases God. I hope you got the point that we need to be content with the scope of the Bible, we need to know the Bible, and we need to apply the Bible. Decision making flows from this rudimentary spirituality.I pounded hard on the doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture because it is desperately needed in o...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 6

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 6God’s Guidance and the BibleBelievers have always understood that God has promised to lead, guide, and teach His people. This knowledge is the source of great comfort for Christians everywhere and in sundry circumstances. A sampling of texts:NAU  Psalm 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me.NAU  Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 5

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 5Problems with Decision Making Using the Traditional Method A Reminder: By the “traditional method” we mean that a detailed individual will of God exists for every believer that is distinguishable from God’s decreed will and His desired will. He reveals this will to the believer primarily by means of inward impressions and outward signs. The believers task is to discover this will and then to make decisions accordin...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 4

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 4The Individual Will of God Basic Definition of the Individual Will of God (Traditional View): God’s detailed plan for each individual person that He reveals to the believer by means of inward impressions and outward signs. Other names for this will are: Personal, Specific, Perfect, Undeclared, Detailed, DirectionDeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of direction” under the heading “Does God Have a Specif...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 3

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 3The Desired Will of God Basic Definition of the Desired Will of God: God’s commands and statements in the Bible that express His wishes and attitude regarding His creatures and creation. Other names for this will are: Moral, Revealed, Declared, Ideal, PreceptiveDeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of desire” as “God Points Out the Way” (p 19-21). He notes several things about what we are calling the Desired ...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 2

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 2The Decreed Will of God Basic Definition of the Decreed Will of God: God’s plan that determines and includes everything in the universe (all events, circumstances, and creatures). Other names for this will are: Determined, Ordained, Sovereign, Secret.DeYoung describes what he calls “God’s will of decree” as “God Always Gets His Way” (p 17-19). He notes several things about what we are calling the Decreed Will of Go...  Read More...

  • Decision Making - Session 1

    Obey God and Do What You WantExploring Decision Making and God’s WillLesson 1IntroductionThis course deals primarily with two large questions:First, how does a believer make decisions in a manner than pleases God?Second, what is the concept of the will of God and how does it relate to decision making?Of course there are related sub-issues such as how does God guide us and does He have a detailed plan for every individual believer that we must discover.Perhaps more importantly we need to fo...  Read More...