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Providence of God

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Lesson

There are orders of creation and preservation, like family and marriage, that can mediate the grace of God. God sustains creation, and also relates to people as persons. The three-fold circle of divine providence is the outer ring of the whole race of humans, the second smaller circle is all that are called believers and those who profess to be believers, the innermost circle only the true disciples of Jesus who worship God in Spirit and in truth. Wesley doesn’t deny that bad things happen to good people, both from other people and from events in nature. If God eliminated all evil, it would require eliminating freedom, which would also eliminate love. 

Outline

I. GOD AS THE PRESERVER OF CREATION

II. PROVIDENCE OF GOD

A. Threefold circle of divine providence

B. Wesley defends the necessity of a particular providence

C. Wesley doesn't deny that bad things will happen to good people

D. Why God doesn't eliminate all evil from the world

E. Particular providence of God

III. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS