We had some spirited discussion in our ConnectGroup from church this week over the topic: "God is unchangeable". We all agreed that his character, his purpose and his will are unchangeable, but one of the sections in J.I. Packer's book, "Knowing God", talks about his "ways" being unchangeable. When we look at the Old Testament, we see some practices, seemingly condoned by God, that aren't accepted at all today - animal sacrifice, slavery and polygamy to name a few. My pastors helped me understand that in the Old Testament, we see people reaching up to God trying to do anything and everything possible to get his attention and get closer to him. In the New Testament, we see God coming down to us and showing himself to us through the person of Jesus. This was God's plan forever, so his plan didn't change. It is playing out in each one of our lives day by day.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Our ConnectGroup from church met for the first time this week. We are studying J. I. Packer's book, "Knowing God". Most of the reviews I saw about the book were very positive, but there are a few recent reviews that said the book was old-fashioned and out of touch with today's world. It was written in 1973, so almost five decades have passed since it was released. In trying to learn a little more about Packer, I found that he was born in England and finished his career and life in Canada. He was influenced by writer's including Charles Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen and John Calvin. I was only familiar with John Calvin. These men were born in 1800, 1703, 1616 and 1509 respectively. If Packer can go back 50 decades to study the truth, I think we can go back 5. In Packer's own words, "I would rather be old-fashioned and clear than modern and muddled." I can't wait to get some clarity.
Friday, September 11, 2020