Here are this week’s Announcements:

  • This Thursday at Midweek Service we’ll hear a testimony of what God did at the Women’s Retreat, sing and pray together, and study Acts 3.  Come at 6:45 PM.  We’ll finish by 8:00 PM.  There’s also Kids’ Club!  If you want to submit prayer requests ahead of time, use the ‘Prayer Wall’ on the IBC App.
  • This Saturday we’re having the first of several Cleaning Days at The Meeting Place to get ready for the big remodel this summer.  Come by between 8:00 and 11:00 AM.  You’ll notice this is mentioned on the IBC App in ‘Events’ and on the ‘IBC Fellowship Group’.
  • This Sunday the Sermon will be on Proverbs 7.  On the IBC App if you tap ‘More’ in the bottom right-hand corner you can listen to previous sermons and the play list for Sunday!
  • You can also find the IBC Podcast on the IBC App.  Today’s episode is on faith and fitness with Bryce, who is also heading up our softball team this year!  Email him ASAP if you want to be on that but haven’t let him know yet.
  • It’s time to register for the Summer Retreat!!  Go here and do it now.  It’s going to be a blast!

52 Doctrines

Week 21

Gods Providence – Providence refers to Gods continuing work and involvement in His creation. This includes, in various degrees, Gods preservation of the created order, His governance, and His care for His people (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Gen. 8:21-22). Christians believe the whole cosmos is contingent upon God, incapable of existing apart from Him. Christians also believe in Gods personal and direct intervention in the world – as opposed to a hands-off approach to creation – that affects not only the natural order but also the individuals and events within human history. Gods sovereignty over all of life encompasses the free actions of human beings. Proverbs 19:21 says, Many plans are in a mans heart, but the LORDs decree will prevail. In ways we are unable to comprehend fully, the Lords plan goes forward through the choices of human beings as moral agents. Even freely chosen sinful actions are factored into Gods overarching plan, as is the case with the crucifixion of Jesus – an event both purposed by God through foreknowledge and yet also carried out by the wicked decisions of human beings (Acts 2:23). Knowing that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28), we trust in His promise to fulfill His plan, even when we do not understand our present circumstances.

Adapted from The 99 Essential Doctrines by The Gospel Project

For the Sake of the Name,
Pastor Nathan