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Portraits of Grace
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Picture a precocious little girl drawing a picture. Her mother saw her and asked, “What are you drawing sweetie?” The little girl replied, “I’m drawing a picture of God!” Somewhat surprised, the mother then said, “Sweetie, nobody knows what God looks like.” The precocious little girl replied, “They will when I get done with this picture!”

Many people, including Christians, have some inaccurate pictures of God. Furthermore, they believe we are in the “Grace Dispensation.” While it is true that we ARE in the “Grace Dispensation”, this series points out that it did not begin at the cross, it began in the Garden of Eden, and one could say it began in heaven before that. Because the Psalmist writes, “His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.” [Psalm 103:17, NKJV] This means that His mercy (e.g. Grace) has existed from the eternal past and will continue to exist through eternity to come! Which makes sense because grace is an important aspect to God’s character, and God has existed forever. Furthermore, salvation is and always has been, by faith, through God’s grace.

So, just like the precocious little girl drawing a picture of God, many people don’t know what God is REALLY like. They have inaccurate pictures of God’s character and How He Behaves. This series examines the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament, especially the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, thereby painting a wonderful portrait of God.

This series also uses solid techniques (Exegetical and Hermeneutical) of Bible Study to define many words that are often misunderstood and thereby distort and tarnish the image of God. These words include the following:

  • Grace
  • Sin and Righteousness
  • Faith
  • Justification and Sanctification
  • Propitiation
  • Law and Repentance


Final Note: Particular attention is paid to The Character of God because what we believe about Him changes who we are because the Fundamental Law of Worship is, by beholding we become changed. If we behold a God that is arbitrary, vengeful, exacting, unforgiving, and severe, we become more like that. If we behold a God that is loving and kind, we become more loving and kind. Also, how we perceive God affects how we interpret the Bible.

Kings, Temples, & the War of the GodsRodney Bell, Jul 30, 2016
Bad Girls of the BibleRodney Bell, May 14, 2016
Trials, Critics, & the Man of GodRodney Bell, Apr 30, 2016
Inheritance, Conquest, and VictoryRodney Bell, Jan 9, 2016
A Man, A Mountain, and a MissionRodney Bell, Oct 17, 2015
Marriages, Dreams, and NationsRodney Bell, Sep 12, 2015
A Garden, Two Trees, and a SerpentRodney Bell, May 16, 2015