God of Power, God of Love

God demonstrates his power in strength and in weakness.

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Overview

Who is God? Sometimes our conceptions of God fall into one of two unfortunate but common stereotypes. Is he the commanding God of the Old Testament or the forgiving God of the New Testament? Is he the submissive Jesus of Good Friday or the triumphant Jesus of Easter Sunday? We all desire Godís power in our lives, but our understanding of his power often neglects the paradoxes of Scripture. We need to understand how he is omnipotent in both strength and weakness.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:39-23:56, Luke 24, Philippians 2:5-11.

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: The left hand of Godís power, revealed in suffering and death, moves hearts.
Teaching point two: The right hand of Godís power, which saves and destroys, brings justice.
Teaching point three: We are called to do Godís work by reflecting both arms of his omnipotent power.
    • Apply Your Findings

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY AUTHOR

    • "Serving a Two-Handed God," is an excerpt from CT managing editor Mark Galli's book entitled A Great and Terrible Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Attributes of God

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