Bethel Church Austin
Bethel Church Plant In Austin Texas

GOD IS GOOD

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CORE VALUE

God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood. Psalm 103:8-13; Acts 14:16-17; James 1:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 119:68; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 104; Exodus 34:5 - 7; Acts 17:22-31.

The message, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus perfectly reveal the nature of God as a good Father. John 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; John 14:6-7; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9; John 1:1; John 1:18; John 8:1 - 11; John 8:19.

God is a good Father; we can trust Him regardless of our circumstances. Romans 8:28-32; James 1:12-18; Hebrews 11:6; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 10:29-31; Acts 16:23 -26.

Enemies come to steal and kill, but Jesus came to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life. John 10:10-11; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:12; Mark 5: 1-19.

God's goodness is extravagant. As we remember and retell what He has done through our testimonies, faith is created that He is able and eager to do it again. Romans 10:15-17; Hebrews 13:7-8; Acts 10:34-48; Revelation 19:10; Psalm 44:1-5; Psalm 119:11; Mark 5:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:17-24; 1 Chronicles 16:23-36; Joshua 4:1-9.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

God is for us; He chose to redeem us from our sin. Romans 5:8; Romans 8:31-32; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:19.

God is not mad at us. 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Romans 14:17-18; John 10:10; Romans 2:4; Zephaniah 3:17.

God’s desire is to prosper us in every area of our lives: physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and vocationally. Psalm 103:1-5; 2 Corinthians 9:8-10; Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 53:4-6; Luke 9:6; Luke 9:56; 3 John 1:2; Jeremiah 29:11.

Jesus is our model. He healed all the sick He encountered and never said sickness was from God. In the new covenant, God does not generally use sickness to teach lessons, build character or punish people. Matthew 4:23; Matthew 8:2-3; Acts 10:38; Mark 3:20-27.

We live with the practical conviction that God wants to save and heal everyone. 1 Timothy 2:4; Acts 10:38; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 8:1-3; Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:56; Luke 9:11.

God will never take His purposes or His gifts from our lives. Romans 11:29; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:4-6.

We are God masterpieces. His process and pruning are always meant to reveal our true identity and release us into fullness of life. Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:13-17; John 15:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-13.

God hears and always responds to our prayers. James 1:5; James 1:17; Romans 8:26-27; Romans 8:32; 1 John 5:14 - 15; Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1-8; 2 Corinthians 1:20.

 

DON'T MISUNDERSTAND...

We cannot do whatever we want and expect God to always bless us. God remains the ultimate judge of every human being. 1 John 1:5-7; Hebrews 10:26-27; 2 Timothy 2:19; Proverbs 8:13; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 5:13-24.

God is hurt by our sinful actions and will lovingly confront us if and when we sin. Hebrews 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:17-32; Isaiah 65:2.

Despite God’s goodness and love, some people will still choose hell over heaven. John 3:17-18; Romans 1:20-23; Romans 8:1-8; Matthew 7:21-23.

The life of a believer is not free from trials or persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:33; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 3:10; Psalm 34:19; James 1:2-4.

Every believer is responsible for stewarding and growing the gifts and talents God has given to each of us. Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:12-14.

In His goodness, God doesn’t always respond to our prayers in the way or timing we expect. 2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 55:8-9; Luke 18:1-8; Philippians 4:6-7.