The word theology tends to lead people to think that it is only meant for seminarian scholars; however, the word speaks for itself by the sole definition meaning "the study of God's Word." This book takes a fresh look at God's Power, Character, Love, Nature, and what the finished work of Christ meant to the world in bite size portions. It offers scripturally based truths of some of the riches of His Divine Grace that include answers to thought provoking questions such as what is predestination; who are the chosen; the called, and the elect. The author uses everyday language to explain what it means to be justified, reconciled, forgiven, and offers a clear explanation of why practicing merited grace contradicts Christ's finished work on the cross.
Genesis chapter 1 reveals three great creative acts of God. He created the heavens and the earth (v. 1); and both animal and human life (vv. 21, 26–27) consecutively. As Genesis 2:1 states, “The heavens and the earth were finished.” Strong’s Concordance uses the word shameh to translate the Hebrew word heavens as “the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve.” When I consider this broader sphere of reality, I realize that just because the invisible cannot be seen, it does not mean that it does not exist. Both the prophet Isaiah and the worshipers in the Psalms recognized God's omnipotence and were awed by it. Psalm 148 specifically outlines that which God created in the universe, both in the visible and invisible world, which was done by one simple command by God. Now that's what I call power! Paul also acknowledged His omnipotence: “For by Him were all things created, which are in heaven, and which are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).
A Fresh Look at the Characteristic's of the Gift of God's Grace
Personally acquainted with and a recipient of God's gift of Divine Grace, award winning author, Judy Azar LeBlanc writes of her spiritual adventure in "Theology 101 in Bite Size Pieces" subtitled "A Bird's Eye View of the Riches of Divine grace."
LeBlanc focuses on the person of God, his attributes, his character, his nature, and his disposition. It is her intent to lead the reader into a deeper understanding and appreciation of the personhood of God and the riches of his divine grace.
LeBlanc's writing is Biblically sound and includes the primary tenants of the Christian faith. She tackles the hard questions, universally asked by seekers of truth. She begins by establishing the importance of understanding the true nature of love and of grace.
In a logical organized manner Judy guides the reader step by step in an easy to follow and understand, thought provoking consideration of God's Omnipotence, His Omnipresence, and His Omniscience. She goes on to lay the foundational truths of the need for redemption, reconciliation and forgiveness.
I found that in addition to the bite sized doses of Theology for the seeker and new Christian, the comprehensive appendix with suggested resources, complete with entries from lexicons, word studies, definitions, and scriptural references make the book a valuable resource for further study.
The bibliography included gives credence to the basic theological issues LeBlanc has chosen as essential to establishing a new appreciation of the unmerited riches of God's divine grace.
In a day when there is a dearth in Biblical understanding, duplicity in Christian conduct, and an ongoing hunger for intimacy with God, "Theology 101 in Bite Size Pieces" comes as a breath of fresh air.
The book is ideal as a personal study, as a guide for mentoring others, or for the small group study leader. I am looking forward to a series of "101 Bible Study Guides" in the near future from Judy Azar LeBlanc. LeBlanc's writing is Biblically sound, relevant, articulate, and convincing.