Undomesticating God Week 7 Video

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Show Notes

Study Guide Questions:

https://holyjustlove.com/2020/03/29/undomesticating-god-week-7-study-guide/

 

There are 5 main areas I have covered in this book to consider within your Christian walk. There are several more but many can be placed into one of the below categories. Such as service, discipleship, and sharing the gospel would all be under the Church Involvement chapter. This list is not meant to be a checklist, but more of an outpouring of your heart in service to the One you desire most. God is pleased with His kids when they are obedient just as we are with our own kids. He knows we are dust and knows we fail, but our motives and heart will be apparent in our desire to at least try to get it right.

The five areas are reading the Bible, studying the Bible, Praying, Praising God, and Fellowship (Church involvement which would include all areas of peopling).

John Piper, in his book God is the Gospel, posed an interesting question: in paraphrase, if you knew Heaven would be perfect in every way based on your own mind and hearts desire but Jesus (God) wasn’t there, would you still want to go?

 

What is tradition to you? What are some traditions or habits in your own life? List some out?

Are any of those traditions or things you somehow must do that may not even be in the Bible? Have we become more superstitious? Wearing a cross necklace, checking off lists, praying at every meal, ending prayers a certain way, sitting in a certain seat at church?

 

Read: hard for many, but important to be obedient.

Study: hard for many, but important to be obedient.

Pray: hard for many, but important to be obedient.

Praise: hard for many, but important to be obedient.

Church: hard for many, but important to be obedient.

Undomesticating God Week 7 Study Guide

Screen Shot 2020-03-29 at 10.51.04 AMIf you do not have the book yet, you may buy the set (Book, Study Guide, and Prayer Journal on Amazon or the individual book at HERE.

Attend the live Week 7 session at 2pm pacific (5pm eastern) on Sunday March 29, 2020 at HERE or catch the replay that will be loaded to this site after.

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Instructions: Read through chapters 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 and answer the following questions. Be prepared to discuss the questions in your week seven group meeting.

CHAPTER 16: How to Read the Bible

1. Have you ever read the entire Bible, cover to cover? It is okay if you haven’t, be honest. If you have, guess how many times?

2. What accountability steps have you set up, or will you set up, to remember to read the Bible every day?

 

3. What time of day can you set aside to spend in God’s word and how many minutes can you dedicate to it?

CHAPTER 17: Bible Study

4. If you have read the Jesus Calling series, please read the article on the following website. Do you agree or disagree and why?

http://www.challies.com/articles/10-serious-problems-with-jesus-calling/

5. How do you feel about commentaries and popular Bible studies? Are they helpful or hurtful? Why?

6. Describe the two general types of Bible study as discussed in the book that are opposed to one another?

7. Go to the book of James and use the CUP method to study each individual verse for verses 1 through 12 or, if you are able to, try the entirety of chapter 1. Use additional paper if needed.

The CUP method is a way to check the Context of the verse, determine what the Universal truth is, and finally apply that truth to your own Personal life.

CHAPTER 18: Prayer

Consider using the Undomesticating God Prayer Journal.

8. Is prayer easy or hard for you? Why?

9. Describe a time in your life when you heard the still small voice of God.

10. Do you believe it is Biblical to audibly hear God speaking to you in this day and age? Provide Biblical proof if you can and share why this is or isn’t Biblically sound doctrine.

 

11. What are some ways to keep from quenching the Holy Spirit?

12. What is the difference between dedicated prayer time and the call to “pray without ceasing”?

13. What are some ways to help you insert prayer throughout your daily routine?

14. List one to two specific times in your day that you would like to set aside for dedicated prayer time.

15. Do you feel your prayers align with God’s will?

Why or why not?

16. The author spoke about several potentially controversial areas that man has added to prayer as a sort of superstition such as the Doxology, and always adding “In Jesus’ Name” before saying Amen. Do you agree or disagree with her statements? Why?

17. Do you always pray before a meal? Is this a Biblical mandate or a human tradition?

18. Paul tells us that he asked God three times to heal his ailment in 2 Corinthians 12:8, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.”  Do you feel it is Biblical to continually ask for physical healing in your life? Use Biblical references in context. Are the references to healing regarding physical healing or spiritual healing? Please share your thoughts on prayer requests surrounding physical healing in the Church. (Note: there is no right answer to this, it is just to get you thinking about motive and who God is.)

CHAPTER 19: Attributes of God

19. List as many communicable attributes of God as you can.

20. List the 12 incommunicable attributes of God. Are some similar? In what ways?

CHAPTER 20: Church Involvement

21. Why is church involvement not an option for a Christian?

 

22. What are the three areas you should consider in regard to church involvement?

23. In what areas would you like to start helping out in your church?

24. Write out your personal church involvement commitment.

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Pray for God to align your thoughts with His. Ask for more clarity as you walk with Him. Continue to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with wisdom and understanding. Continue to ask God to fill you with more of His Holy Spirit and to grow your faith.

Verse to memorize this week:

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

Verse to meditate on this week:

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (Timothy 3:16 ESV)

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16 ESV)

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25 ESV)

Undomesticating God Week 6

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Fruit Audit

Show Notes

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Undomesticating God Week 6 Study Guide

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Attend the live Week 6 session at 2pm pacific (5pm eastern) on Sunday March 22, 2020 at http://www.facebook.com/JenOSullivanAuthor or catch the replay that will be loaded to this site after.

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Instructions: Read through chapter 15 and answer the following questions. Be prepared to discuss the questions in your week six group meeting.

CHAPTER 15: Fruits Audit

1. Is checking your fruits the same as doubting your faith?

Why or why not?

2. Which of the 22 audits were most convicting to you and why?

3. Did any of the audits seem unnecessary? Would you consider any of them to not be a fruit? If so, why?

Your Testimony

Take some time to write out your story by answering the following questions:

4. How was the Holy Spirit working on you before your actual conversion? What do you remember about Him convincing you that you are a sinner? What was it like when you needed to confess your sins and turn from them to follow Jesus?

5. What specific sins were revealed to you that convinced you of your sin and need to repent?

6. When did you give your life to the Lordship of Jesus and what did that look like? (If you cannot pinpoint a specific date or time, a season of your life may be all you remember.)

7. How did your life change after your conversion?

8. What fruits and growth have you seen in your life since your conversion? (See chapter on Fruits Audit)

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Pray for God to grow your faith. Ask for wisdom and that He would fill you with the Holy Spirit. Continue to seek after His will for His glory.

Verse to memorize this week:

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 ESV)

Verse to meditate on this week:

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:9-12 ESV)

Undomesticating God Session Five Video and Show Notes

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PART 1

 

PART 2

Show Notes:

Fear and Anxiety

Study guide questions: https://holyjustlove.com/2020/03/15/undomesticating-god-session-5/

Please join us for our weekly devotional and discussion on YouVersion. It is called “Growing in Holiness” by R.C. Sproul. Here is the link.

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Talking Notes:

Fear and anxiety are a tool to heighten your sanctification. Sanctification starts with love, is sharpened by discipline, and is sparked by God’s mercy and grace.

Sanctification, the process of becoming more like Jesus, is shown in two ways: how we honor and bring glory to God with all that we are, and how we love others.

How are you loving others through this uncertain time? Are you focusing on yourself and your needs or are you loving others well?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is…

  • Patient
  • Kind

The Eight Nots

  • Not envy (inward focused)
  • Not boast (inward focused)
  • Not arrogant (inward focused)
  • Not rude (outward focused)
  • Not insist on own way (outward focused)
  • Not irritable (outward focused)
  • Not resentful
  • Not happy about wrongdoing

Positive Mindset

  • Happy with truth
  • Bears (supports)
  • Believes
  • Hopes
  • Endured all things

 

Discipline

Discipline sharpens us. It is a form of God’s love for us. He disciplines His kids.

Forms of God’s discipline?

It depends on who it is. I only have one child, but as a teacher I knew some kids needed gentle discipline with clear instructions while others needed firm discipline with clear consequence. If you have multiple children you know of each of your own children respond differently to various forms of discipline.

How does God discipline you in clear and unmistakable ways? Do you understand how it is a form of love that helps you grow in sanctification?

God’s glory is a perfect balance of His wrath and love. Through Jesus we are given mercy instead of the deserved wrath of God. Because of the outpouring of God’s love we also get an abundance of gifts through His grace in the form of love. We get all the riches of eternity with God.

Undomesticating God Session 5

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WEEK FIVE

If you do not have the book yet, you may buy the set (Book, Study Guide, and Prayer Journal on Amazon or the individual book at www.31oils.com/UndomesticatingGod

Attend the live Week 5 session at 2pm pacific (5pm eastern) on Sunday March 15, 2020 at http://www.facebook.com/JenOSullivanAuthor or catch the replay that will be loaded to this site after.

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Instructions: Read through chapters 11, 12, 13, and 14 and answer the following questions. Be prepared to discuss the questions in your week five group meeting.

CHAPTER 11: Sanctification

1. Describe the process of sanctification in your own words.

2. List one or two ways God has been working on you in the past year. In what areas have you grown since last year at this time?

3. What are some excuses you’ve used to not share Jesus?

4. Visit http://www.sharetheumbrella.com and watch the short video.

What are some ways you can start practicing sharing Jesus?

5. In what area have you lied to yourself to justify a sin?

6. How do sin and distractions play a role in our sanctification?

7. What areas would you like to work on to improve your growth?

CHAPTER 12: Love

8. Take a moment to look at the following scripture and replace the word love with your name.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV)

(YOUR NAME HERE)

____________________ is patient

____________________ is kind

____________________ does not envy

____________________ does not boast

____________________ is not arrogant

____________________ is not rude

____________________ does not insist on his/her own way

____________________ is not irritable

____________________ is not resentful

____________________ does not rejoice at wrongdoing

____________________ rejoices with the truth

____________________ bears all things

____________________ believes all things

____________________ hopes all things

____________________ endures all things

 

9. Where do you spend most of your free time?

10. Where do you spend any extra cash you have?

11. What is one area of your life that you can take time away from to give back to God?

Pray: Take a moment right now to get on your knees and pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with the ability to love others well. Ask Jesus to guide you as you learn to fall in love with God and reading His Word. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and to draw you close to Him.

 

CHAPTER 13: Discipline

12. Do you feel God disciplines you in clear, unmistakable ways, or is it a gentle nudge in the right direction?

13. Describe a time when you felt God was disciplining you.

14. In what ways is discipline a form of love?

15. What areas of this chapter were confusing to you or you have questions about? Share this with your group.

CHAPTER 14: Mercy and Grace

16. How does giving a child a reward, rather than punishment help to show what mercy and grace are about? Isn’t that counter-intuitive and could it teach a child that he or she can get away with things? Why or why not?

17. In your own words, what is mercy?

18. In your own words, what is grace?

19. How is mercy and grace part of God’s glory?

20. How hard is it for you to give someone mercy when they have wronged you? Have you ever been able to do something nice for someone who has wronged you?

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Pray for God to convict you to live each moment for Him. Pray that the Holy Spirit would teach you to take captive your thoughts and actions. Ask that God would clearly give you evidence of your salvation as you work through the rest of this book.

Verse to memorize this week:

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

(2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)

Verse to meditate on this week:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” (Philippians 2:12 ESV)

Undomesticating God Week 4 Video and Show Notes

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SHOW NOTES:

Book Winners

Maria Sandoval

Jen Sadler Krauss

Donna Lynne Tomak

Group Devotional: Download the free YouVersion app. Then click this link or search for “Faith Is For Weak People By Ray Comfort”

https://bible.com/p/24332689/f695818a28870256418b80de9da23523

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Sharing the Gospel.

What motivates us or keeps us unmotivated?

Obedience is key! Just because you do not want to, do it out of obedience and you will be blessed!

How to get the conversation started:

Easy opening: “Do you think there is an afterlife?”

Follow up 1: “Are you going to make it to Heaven? Are you a good person?”

Follow up 2:  “Can we take a look through the 10 Commandments?”

The Gospel or “Good News”

The Basics of the Gospel Message

GOD = CREATOR

God is the Creator of everything and everyone

He is the Creator, so He has a right to us as His creatures

God is holy

He is set apart; clean and pure

God created humanity to be holy too

MAN = SIN

Adam and Eve sinned by desiring to be god of themselves

Selfishness and pride entered into our hearts through this original sin and is why we now have a sin nature

Humanity is no longer holy; no longer clean and pure

This unholiness and sin separates us from God

GOD = JUST

God is just; sinners deserve to be punished for this disobedience

A price must be paid; reconciliation to God only happens when the price is paid

GOD = LOVE (through Jesus)

God is loving; God loves us so much that He sent His only son Jesus to come down to be the sacrifice

Jesus lived a perfect life, the life humans were supposed to live but didn’t, and died an undeserved death, the death we deserved but mercifully will not have to endure if we believe in Jesus

Jesus paid the final price and then rose from the dead

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit will convict His children of their sin

Conversion is when a person turns from their sins and trusts in Jesus alone

MAN = Turn and Trust / Repent and Have Faith

This means putting your whole life in the hands of Jesus. You are to follow Him!

ROAMAN’S ROAD

The Traditional Romans Road to Salvation

Main Message

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The Problem of Sin

Romans 3:23 ESV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 3:10-18 ESV

“as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

The Punishment

Romans 6:23 ESV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Payment

Romans 5:8 ESV

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Response

Romans 10:9-10 ESV

“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Romans 10:13 ESV

“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The Reconciliation

Romans 5:1 ESV

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Guarantee

Romans 8:1-2 ESV

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”

The Promise

Romans 8:35-39 ESV

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Missing Peace

The Personal Sacrifice

Romans 6:1-2 ESV

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”

Romans 12:1-2 ESV

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Three other verses that are important to the gospel outside of the book of Romans are:

The Repentance of Sins

1 John 1:9 ESV

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Acts 3:19 ESV

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.”

The New Life in Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

LORDSHIP SALVATION

Latch-key kid

God is omniscient.

The really dedicated Christian. All-in Christian.
Community Christian.

Homework: Read all of 1 John

Join us for the daily devotional to work out your own sanctification!

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Undomesticating God – Week 4 Study Guide Questions

Screen Shot 2020-03-08 at 1.32.01 PMWEEK FOUR

If you do not have the book yet, you may buy the set (Book, Study Guide, and Prayer Journal on Amazon or the individual book at www.31oils.com/UndomesticatingGod

Attend the live Week 4 session at 2pm pacific (5pm eastern) on Sunday March 8, 2020 at http://www.facebook.com/JenOSullivanAuthor or catch the replay that will be loaded to this site after.

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Instructions: Read through chapters 9 and 10 and answer the following questions. Be prepared to discuss the questions in your week four group meeting.

Note: Work diligently on this chapter. Make sure you are fully committed to understanding, knowing, and able to share, in your own words, the true Gospel Message according to Jesus.

CHAPTER 9: The Gospel Message

1. In as few words as possible, define the gospel?

2. What do you think the difference is between a Christian by tradition verses a Christian by faith?

3. Define conversion: address who, what, when, and proof. In these terms, discuss the Biblical support for, or challenges against as it relates to early childhood conversion.

4. Easy-believism validates “Christian by tradition” as true faith.  Have you held any of the beliefs bullet pointed in this chapter as true doctrine? Which, if any, challenge you most and why?

5. Share in your own words what Lordship salvation means.

6. Try writing out the gospel message in your own words using “The Basics of the Gospel Message” outline. Make sure to pull in Bible verses to back up the message. Feel free to use verses from the book or other verses from the Bible. Use extra paper if needed.

7. What part of the gospel message is missing from the Roman’s Road to Salvation? Why do you think people leave that part out?

 

CHAPTER 10: Lordship Salvation

8. Considering the attributes of God, what words, actions, or schedule changes would you make if He were in front of you 24/7?

9. What is God’s expectation of His followers concerning sin?  Use Biblical references. How does this information shape your understanding of Christian freedom?

10. What does it mean to “count the cost” of salvation? Isn’t salvation a free gift? Explain this possible dichotomy.

11. Share a time in your life when God sharpened you.

12. How did the sharpening affect your sanctification?

13. In what ways could Lordship salvation be a slippery slope to works based salvation?

Read James 2:14-26

14. What is the point James is making regarding works and faith?

15. Do you feel that some people are more “Christian” than others?  Is this a Biblical idea, or a cultural idea?  Explain and discuss.

Read the five chapters of 1 John

16. Were you convicted when you read 1 John? What parts in particular stood out to you?

 

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Pray that God would help you fully grasp His redemptive plan.
Ask that the Holy Spirit would fill you with wisdom and understanding so that you can learn the message and be able to share it.

Extra Credit Homework:

Consider partnering up with a person in your small group to practice sharing the gospel with each other.
Consider going out in groups to share the gospel in a public place such as a bus ride, a town center, or mall. Find like-minded people. An example would be a playground where you bring your child and are able to strike up a conversation with another mom. Go to a different neighborhood to take the pressure off.

Verse to memorize this week:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)

Verse to meditate on this week:

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2 ESV)

Undomesticating God Week 3 Video

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Week 3 Book Club

Show notes:

To get the book and free resources head over to www.31oils.com/UGfree
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Join the daily reading plan Pursuit of God By A.W. Tozer

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If you want a more in depth study on the Doctrines of Grace, join this reading plan with me this week: https://bible.com/p/241049…/f99442d765002fa93ee7a0a3292d964c

Undomesticating God Week 3 Study Guide

Screen Shot 2020-02-25 at 1.02.12 PMWEEK THREE – BOOK CLUB
If you do not have the book yet, you may buy the set (Book, Study Guide, and Prayer Journal on Amazon or the individual book at www.31oils.com/UndomesticatingGod

Attend the live Week 3 session at 2pm PST on Sunday March 1, 2020 at http://www.facebook.com/JenOSullivanAuthor or catch the replay that will be loaded to this site after.
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Instructions: Read through chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and answer the following questions. 

CHAPTER 3: Proof of Life

1. How good of a person do you feel compared to those around you?

2. Do you feel it is wrong to question your faith? Why or why not?

3. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

“I am 100% confident that if I died today, I would go to Heaven.”

Individual Prayer:

Please stop and pray to God. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you and to give you peace, clarity, and a teachable spirit.

CHAPTER 4: Ticket to Heaven

4. Look up Universal Reconciliation and write out what it means.

5. Give Biblical proof to refute Universal Reconciliation.

6. Look up Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, and James 2:19. What are your thoughts on these three verses and how they relate to each other. Why would James 2:19 be linked to the two Romans verses?

7. What do you think free will means?

8. Which of the three parables in the book helped in your understanding most? The airplane trip, the thief/murderer, or the pet rabbit?

9. Which parable was the most confusing and why?

10. Do you often ask why some are saved and others are not?

Read all of Genesis 7 and Matthew 24:38-39.

Then read all of Romans 9.

11. How are you able to reconcile Romans 9:20-24?

CHAPTER 5: God’s Sovereignty

12. Do you believe God is sovereign; that He created everything and has control over everything? If yes, explain why.

Consider this statement:

“Everything that happens must at least happen by his permission. If he permits something, then he must decide to allow it. If he decides to allow something, then in a sense he is foreordaining it. Who, among Christians, would argue that God could not stop something in this world from happening? If God so desires, he has the power to stop the whole world. To say that God foreordains all that comes to pass is simply to say that God is sovereign over his entire creation. If something could come to pass apart from his sovereign permission, then that which came to pass would frustrate his sovereignty. If God refused to permit something to happen and it happened anyway, then whatever caused it to happen would have more authority and power than God himself. If there is any part of creation outside of Gods sovereignty, then God is simply not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God.” – R.C. Sproul “Chosen by God”

13. What is the main point of the above quote from R.C. Sproul?

14. Is your view of God changing or being challenged? If yes, share in what ways.

CHAPTER 6: The Holy Spirit at Work

Read all of John 16 to gain context of John 16:7-14.

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:7-14 ESV)

15. Who is the Helper and what is His role?

Read Matthew 5:17-48

16. How did Jesus up the stakes when it comes to our view of sin?

17. What is the difference between human conviction and spiritual conviction?

CHAPTER 7: The Bible

18. What are some points of proof that the Bible is true?

19. What is the difference between deductive and inductive Bible study? Do you feel one way is better than the other? Why?

20. What is expository preaching?

21. Is your pastor an expository preacher? If he is or if he isn’t, take a moment to email him or ask him at church why or why not. He will have an opinion on this matter and it is your job to find out what he believes.

CHAPTER 8: The Question of Evil

22. What do you think it means to steal God’s identity?

23. What are some examples of idolatry?

24. Why do bad things happen to good people?

25. If God is the source of all things, why is He not the source of evil? In other words, what is evil? What is its source?

26. What are four potential reasons bad things happen to us?

27. Describe a time in your life where you felt God pruning you.

28. Describe a time that God disciplined you.

29. Describe a time in your life when you reaped what you sowed based on your own foolish choices.

30. Describe a time in your life that was extremely difficult that you still do not have answers for and perhaps never will.

31. Listen to Laura Story’s song called “Blessings”. What line stands out to you the most?

 

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Ask God for clarity on your own salvation. Ask for a filling of the Holy Spirit and a renewal of your faith. Pray for your friends who are working through this book with you, that they would find clarity and will be blessed this week for seeking God’s will.

Verse to memorize this week:

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Verses to meditate on this week:

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42 ESV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

“for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8b ESV)