Authors: Henry T. Blackary & Claude V. King
Dr. Blackaby served on the staff of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as special assistant to the presidents of the International Mission Board and LifeWay Christian Resources. Although now officially retired, he continues to provide consultative leadership in the life of the Christian community. This is a 13-week practical course for individual or small-group study to learn when God is speaking to you, how to join Him in what He is dong, and to experience Him at work through your life.
"My thesis is that if you come to recognize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and if you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs-you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared." (xviii)
Key Points (and outline) of the book:
- God is always at work around you.
- God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
- God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
- God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purpose, and His ways.
- God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
- You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
- You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.
Best Chapter: Unit 2. Looking to God
To know God's will a person must deny self and enter a God-centered life. It is much more important to understand what God is going to do where you are than to figure out what you plan to do for Him. As his servants we must adjust our plans to fit into what He is doing. When God reveals what He is about to do, that is our invitation to join him in it. God does still speak to his people and if you don't hear him, the heart of your Christian experience is in trouble. When God gives an assignment, he develops your character to fulfill it. God will not provide an important assignment to someone who has not been faithful in smaller things.
"Anything significant that happens in your life will be a result of God's activity in your life." (9)
"When you get to the place where you trust Jesus to guide you one step at a time you experience a new freedom." (11)
The clay must respond to the potter and remain in the potter's hands. (16)
"Whenever God gets ready to do something, He always reveals to a person or His people what He is going to do." (21)
""We do not sit down and dream what we want to do for God and then call God in to help us accomplish it." (28)
"Knowing God's voice comes from an intimate love relationship with God." (37)
"Do not assume that the moment He calls you you are ready for the assignment." (41)
"God hasn't told us to go away and do some work for Him. He has told us that He is already at work trying to bring a lost world to Himself. If we will adjust our lives to Him in a love relationship, He will show us where He is at work. That revelation is His invitation to us to get involve din His work. Then, when we join Him, He completes His work through us." (67)
"God will always give you enough specific directions to do now what He wants you to do. When you need more directions, He gives you more in His timing." (75)
"God speaks when He wants to involve a person in His work. He reveals Himself in order to help the person respond in faith." (79)
"What you plan to do for God is not important. What He plans to do where you are is very important." (80)
"Planning is a tool God may cause you to use, but it never can become a substitute for God." (81)
"…what God says in prayer is far more important than what you say." (87)
"…the need does not constitute the call. The need, however, is not to be ignored. Don't ever be afraid to let the body of believers assist you in knowing God's will. Keep in mind, also, that one individual is not the church. In the final analysis, you are going to have to take all the counsel of people and go to God for the clear direction. What you will find is that a number of things begin to line up. What you are hearing from the Bible and prayer and circumstances and the church will begin to say the same thing. Then you can proceed with confidence." (107)
"When God invites you to join Him in His work, He has a God-sized assignment for you. You will realize that you cannot do it on your own. If God doesn't help you, you will fail." (109)
"When God lets you know what He wants to do through you, it will be something only God can do." (113) "…when God speaks He always reveals what He is going to do-not what He wants us to do for Him." (114)
"Encounters with God are God-sized." (116)
"Forbid that we should ever consider the holding of a commission from the King of Kings a sacrifice, so long as other men esteem the service of an earthly government as an honor." (131, quoting David Livingston)
"Obedience requires adjustments.
•You cannot stay where you are and go with God at the same time.
•Obedience is costly to you and those around you.
•Obedience requires total dependence on God to work through you." (139)
"Without God at work in you, you can do nothing to bear Kingdom fruit. … If you depend on anything other than God, you will be asking for failure in Kingdom terms." (141)
"Obedience is your moment of truth. … You cannot obey Him unless you believe and trust Him. You cannot believe and trust Him, unless you love Him. You cannot love Him, unless you know Him." (147)
Some people want an assignment from God, but they have not obeyed what He has already told them. God doesn't take disobedience lightly. (150-1)
A spiritual gift is a supernatural empowering to accomplish the assignment God gives you. (161)
"In this partnership with Christ as King, you become involved in His mission to reconcile a lost world to God. To be related to Christ is to be on mission with him. … Every congregation is a world missions strategy center. God can touch a world through you." (184)
"The love relationship, the Koinonia, the fellowship you have with God, is the most important aspect of your knowing Him, knowing His will, and being enabled to do His will." (203)
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Workbook)
Henry T. Blackary & Claude V. King, 1990, 224 pp.
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