Lesson 6: God's Plan for Evil

Updated: Jan 11

Lesson 6, The Story of Everything, Quest Men's Bible Study


SUMMARY

“How long, O Lord?” This is a question the faithful ask throughout Scripture. If God hates evil, when will He make it stop? This unit will consider the problem of evil, God’s plan for it, and the place of Christians before the final judgment.


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Join us at 7:00am in the Parlor at Colonial Baptist Church. (Come little early for coffee and a light breakfast.)

  2. Do you have a health risk related to COVID-19? You can participate via Zoom using THIS LINK.

  3. Immediately following the large group, we break into discussion / prayer groups. If you are not yet in a group, contact Scott Wylie.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE LESSON

  1. Tragedies like school shootings lead us to wonder what God thinks. “How long, O Lord?” This question resounds throughout Scripture, especially in the Psalms. Is it okay for Christians to ask the Lord what He’s going to do about all the evil in the world? Why?

  2. God is not apathetic about sin. The true story of Noah’s ark in Genesis 6-7 tells us that God destroyed almost all humanity in a flood for their wickedness. What does the story of Noah’s ark tell us about God’s stance toward wickedness?

  3. How should God’s people live in a world of evil? Hebrews 11:7 tells us that “by faith” Noah build the ark, even though it took anywhere from 75-100 years. How are Christians called to follow Noah’s example in a world of evil?

  4. In a world of evil, God is not passive. Read 2 Peter 2:4-9. God is reserving the unrighteous for punishment and rescuing the godly. How does the promise of God’s future rescue help us to live now, according to 2 Peter 2:9?

  5. Another flood is coming. Read Matthew 24:36-39 and Hebrews 9:27. Why do we need a God who is not only loving and gracious but just and wrathful?

  6. The story of Noah’s ark foreshadows the Gospel. Just as Noah’s family was saved from God’s wrath, those who trust in Christ are saved. Unlike Noah, who was spared God’s wrath, Jesus took God’s wrath in our place. What are some other ways the story of Noah’s ark points us to the Gospel story?

  7. Instead of an ark, Christians participate in Christ’s body. Read 1 Peter 4:7-11. The future hope helps us to overcome evil in the here and now, especially in the relationships of the local church. In light of eternity, how can you start serving or continue serving in your local church?



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