Describe God’s purposes for creating the world and especially its people.

  

Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need guidance to help me learn. Instructions are below. There is no text book for this course. Bible Gateway can be found online and the assigned passages doc is attached. https://www.biblegateway.com/https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/tocGetting StartedWhat some have called the “great questions” have been asked by thinkers throughout the history of humanity. They include “Where did we come from?” “Why are we here?” and “Where are we going?” The answers to these questions form the basis of what we believe about the world and meaningfully affects our understanding of life.Not surprisingly, the Bible goes to the One who provides answers, the Creator Himself, to satisfy the longings of every human being to know the truth.It says something about God that a Being, so complete in Himself, would want to make the universe and the creatures that dwell within it. It is also thought provoking as to why the Creator would want His created ones, including us, to have awareness that He made us. It must have something to do with the love He has for all He’s made, including Us!Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:Identify the biblical portrait of the Creator of the universe.Describe God’s purposes for creating the world and especially its people.ResourcesBible: A standard translation, as noted in the syllabusWebsite: Bible GatewayWeb page: Dictionary of Bible ThemesFile: Week 1 Biblical Readings on Creation.docxBackground InformationAs with the reading, you can use a standard translation of the Bible or the Bible Gateway website to locate and review verses and passages. There are many tools in the Gateway that may be used now or after this course to assist in you in understanding the meanings of words. An additional tool from which no direct assignment will be made but is arranged according to many of the same themes as studied in this course is the Dictionary of Bible Themes at Bible Gateway, a free online version of a very complete text. You may use this dictionary along with the Observational Guide.Observational GuideThe following can be a guide to your observations in any of the selected passages throughout the course. What do you see in the selected passage concerning:The nature of God’s attributes, e.g., faithfulness, compassion, goodness, holiness, anger, power, justice, immutability, all-knowing, ever-present, eternal, etc.The types of God’s activity, e.g., Creator, provider, revealer, judge, rescuer, redeemer, Savior, etc.The nature of the character of God, the Son, Jesus Christ, e.g., compassion, faithfulness, divinity, humanity, humility, obedience, patience, power, wisdom, etc.The service of Jesus Christ, e.g., Creator, Savior, Servant, redeemer, high priest, Lamb, prayers, miracles, shepherd, teachings, etc.The nature of the character of God, the Holy Spirit, e.g., joy, power, wisdom, Savior, purifier, etc.The activity of the Holy Spirit, e.g., Creator, savior, life-bringer, leader, comforter, in-dweller, witness, spiritual gifts, fruit in the believer’s life, anointing for human ministry, etc.The Creation of the Universe, e.g., its origins, its original qualities, its present character, its future restoration, etc.The nature of the human race, e.g., its origins, its comparison to the rest of Creation, its unique make-up (including the image of God), its intended relationship with its Creator, its purposes in God’s plan for the universe, etc.The nature of sin, e.g., origin, its character, its expressions, its effects on the universe (including relationships and humanity), etc.The nature of God’s salvation and Kingdom plan for the universe (including humanity), e.g., its origin, the activity of the Savior, the beneficial effects of salvation (including the “Good Life”), the grounds for human acquisition of salvation, etc.InstructionsReview the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.Review the biblical passages assigned in this week’s reading – Week 1 Biblical Readings on Creation.Your reading may be facilitated by using the website, Bible Gateway.Access the website and locate the “Search” box (the translation is already set to the New International Version). Enter the book, chapter, and verse numbers to read the passage.In addition, a collateral source of organized biblical materials is found at the online edition of the Dictionary of Bible Themes at Bible Gateway.Navigate to the threaded discussion and post in at least four full paragraphs (two for each question) new insights gleaned from the reading (with your quotation of the scriptures that support such insights):Describe three characteristics of God the Creator as seen in the assigned passages. Support each characteristic with at least one quotation from Scripture.What might these characteristics have to do with the reasons why God created the universe that we see around us?Your initial post is due by the end of the fourth day of the workshop.Your discovery of insights will be assisted by utilizing the Observation Questions.Respond twice to your classmates and once to the instructor by the end of the workshop.Your postings should also:Be well developed by providing clear answers with evidence of critical thinking.Add greater depth to the discussion by introducing new ideas.Provide clarification to classmates’ questions and provide insight into the discussion.Requirements: 2 pages length needed

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