FOUNDATION FOUR: Father Heart of God
How did you apply what we learned about spending time with God to your life last week? How did it go?
God can be described in a lot of ways. He is our Creator and Savior. He is holy, loving and all-powerful. In the New Testament, we come to know Him as Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. When Jesus came, He showed us what the Father is like and how to have a relationship with Him. He also taught his disciples to address God in prayer saying “Our Father in heaven.” When you come to faith in Jesus, you are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15). God becomes your Father.
Read each of these verses and answer this question: What does this passage teach us about what God is like as a father?
- Psalm 121:5-8
- Matthew 6:31-34
- Hebrews 12:7-11
- Isaiah 54:10
Unlike our earthly fathers, God is a perfect Father. But often, our own brokenness can affect the way we view and interact with Him.
Read Luke 15:11-31. The father in the story represents God the Father.
- What is each son’s imperfect view of his father?
- What was the father really like?
See “Character of God” in the appendix for more scriptures.
What things in your life have affected the way you view God as a Father? After reading about what He is really like, how has your perspective of the Father changed?
How does God want you to apply what we read to your life? What will you do this week?