Apart from a correct understanding of the nature and sin of man, it is impossible to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ or to appreciate fully the grace that God has extended to us through this magnificent work. For this reason, this workbook purposes to set before the reader the reality of man's fallenness and the dire consequences of his sin. The purpose is not to steal hope from the heart of the reader, but to point the reader to the only true hope for man—the gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, this workbook takes the reader through the dark tunnel of man's sin so that he or she might see with greater clarity the light of God's grace.
The great goal of this study is for the student to have an encounter with God through His Word. Founded upon the conviction that the Scriptures are the inspired and infallible Word of God, this study has been designed in such a way that it is literally impossible for the student to advance without an open Bible before him or her. The goal is to help the reader obey the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the doctrine of man and his desperate plight before a holy God. The student will complete each chapter by answering the questions and following the instructions according to the Scriptures given. The student is encouraged to meditate upon each text and write his or her thoughts. The benefit gained from this study will depend upon the student’s investment. If the student answers the questions thoughtlessly, merely copying the text without seeking to understand its meaning, this book will be of very little help.
Discerning the Plight of Man is primarily a biblical study and does not contain much in the way of colorful illustrations, quaint stories, or theological treatises. It was the desire of the author to provide a work that simply points the way to the Scriptures and allows the Word of God to speak for itself.
This study will start January 14th 2019 and will be held on Monday evenings at 7:00pm.