Teaching Session

[b]Vera Izotova[/b]Vera Izotova

To help you teaching your own group, we publish this Teaching session held at the Baptist Women’s Conference Moscow March 2012, which was prepared by Vera Izotova.

The theme of the conference was “Make every effort to add to your faith Goodness”( 2 Peter 1:5), and the motto: Goodness – A virtuous woman is a successful woman.

God is Good
Seven Wonders of the World.

Once in school the students had a lesson on the "Seven Wonders of the World."
The task was to ensure that each student wrote about their own seven wonders of the world.

When the teacher collected the notebooks, he noticed that one girl had not yet completed the assignment. The teacher asked if she needed help.

The pupil said: “Yes. I have long thought about what to choose. In the world there are so many miracles.” Then the teacher suggested that she read aloud what she had chosen to write. The girl hesitated for some time, then decided to read it.

“For me, the seven wonders of the world are the following:

1. To see, 2. To hear, 3. To move, 4. To feel, 5. To experience, 6. To laugh, 7. To love.” The class fell silent. (Source: "the world citations")

Dear sisters! Have we fully realized that the source of all good that we have ever received, seen, felt, heard, smelled, or tasted, is God? The Gospel says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17. (Learn this key verse by heart before the end of the conference).

Apart of God there is no Good
When the Bible says that God is good, merciful (Nahum 1:7, Psalm 25:8, 85:5, 118:60), this means that God is the Source of all goodness in the universe. Outside of God there is nothing good. The Psalmist speaks of people living without God, “there is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1-3). Do not be surprised if, in turning away from God and His commandments, a man does not find anything good. Outside of his God is no good there.

God is absolutely Good
Therefore, God cannot do anything that would not be good for you. God can not change, “God is unchangeable”. Therefore, He has never been more or less good to you than He is today. God is now as much loving to you, as at the time when Jesus Christ died for you on the cross to give you eternal life.

God puts into practice / fulfils His good intentions
Since God has all power and understanding, God can always implement His good and wise ideas for us. That is why Scripture says: “all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Understanding this truth will give us peace of mind and dispel fear.
Think of the goodness of God and look at your life more cheerfully. While it may be, that we do not understand all the ways of God, because our understanding is limited, we do not always understand what is really happening to us, yet we can have complete confidence that everything that God makes happen in our lives serves us benefit. “The Lord will indeed give what is good” (Psalm 85:12); “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30).

Discovery: The goodness of God manifested in the world
a. What did God say after He created the world by the power of His Word? (Genesis 1:31)
b. What truth is revealed in Psalm 33:5, despite the fall of the first people in Genesis 3?
c. For whom is the goodness of God? (Matthew 5:43-45)
d. As Christians can we be like God in His goodness? (Matthew 5:43-45)
e. How can the commandment “Love your enemies” set us free, and benefit us?

Meditate on specific evidence of the goodness of God to all people every day.
a. Genesis 8:21&22
b. Psalm 36:7
c. Psalm 145:9, 15&16
d. Matthew 6:26-30
e. Acts 14:17