Points to Ponder

Points to Ponder

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We suggest you take the time to write out your answers to these questions and compare them to the scriptures given. Please feel free to write us with any comments or suggestions, including questions about the course or this lesson.

• Must God first invite—or call—people to become part of His family, or is it up to each of us to first call on Him? (Matthew 13:1-23; Matthew 22:14; Romans 8:28-30; John 6:44-65; 1 Corinthians 1:2).

• What immense sacrifice did God make in order for mankind to have access to Him and salvation? (John 3:16; Hebrews 2:9).

• What kind of attitude does God need to see in us? Do we need to see our shortcomings and smallness in comparison to Him? (2 Timothy 2:24-25; Isaiah 66:2; 1 John 1:8-9; Acts 2:38).

• What help does God offer us to enable us to have a relationship with Him? Are there any conditions to receiving that help? (John 14:16-26; John 15:26, John 16:7; Acts 5:32; Acts 10:45; 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 5:2-3).

• Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, God extends the opportunity for a relationship with Him, and offers each person an eternal, priceless gift. What is this gift? (Matthew 25:34; 1 John 3:1-3; Titus 1:2; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:11-30; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Peter 1:4).

• God made a covenant with Abraham and then with ancient Israel. Did God say He would make a "new" covenant? (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:6-8).

• What essential ingredient is needed in this new covenant? (Romans 8:13-15; Ezekiel 36:26-28).

• Who are members of God's family, His household? (1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).

• What distinguishes the true disciples of God and makes them a part of the true Church of God? (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13).