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)

Undomesticating God Week 2 Video

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Show notes:

Week 2 – Undomesticating God

For the full questions go here: https://holyjustlove.com/2020/02/23/undomesticating-god-week-two/

Chapter 1: The Domesticated God

How do you picture God?

What does God think of you?

What do you think Heaven will be like?

What Lies does the devil tell us to distract us?

Modern day distractions: cell phones, medications, sickness, obesity

Chapter 2: The Art of Deception

Art of Deception, what does that mean?

Veracity of Jesus: men do not die for a lie!

HOMEWORK: Do some research on Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Sarah Young. Are they false teachers? Do they teach true biblical theology?

Galatians 1:8-9 (ESV) “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

James 3:1 (ESV) “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”

How does your own church compare to what the Bible says about how we should gather? Did Jesus make his messages easy or hard? Is your church a feel good church with an overproduced show? Is that a bad thing?

The most important thing is to glorify God. Not man, not the band, not each other, and definitely not yourself.

Feel free to share your thoughts and questions below in the comments!

Undomesticating God Week Two

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WEEK TWO – BOOK CLUB
Attend the live session at 2pm PST on Sunday February 23, 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 1 and 2 of the Undomesticating God book and answer the following questions. Be prepared to discuss the questions in your week two group meeting.

CHAPTER 1: The Domesticated God

1. What does the word domesticate mean as it applies to God, His person, His Word, and His plan?

2. What is your current view of God? How do you picture Him?

3. What do you think God thinks about when He considers you?

4. What do you think Heaven will be like?

5. Describe what you think it will be like when you see God/Jesus for the first time.

6. List some examples from the Bible that reveal what it may be like when we are face to face with God.

7. Do you feel like you please God?

8. Do you feel loved by God?

9. What do you think are some of the lies the devil tells us?

10. What specific lies do you think he tells you?

11. What are some modern-day distractions the devil could be using to keep unsaved kids and adults from Jesus?

12. What are some of the distractions the devil has put in our way, as Christians, to keep us from our best walk with Jesus?

CHAPTER 2: The Art of Deception

13. What do you think the author meant when she said the “art of deception”?

14. What does our culture claim as true that God claims as untrue?

15. Give some examples of truth in our world?

16. List some ways in which Jesus and His life have been verified.

17. Can a person believe in God by looking at a rose or at their hand? Why or why not?

18. What was your initial feeling regarding the author’s concerns for the teaching of Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn?

19. Have you ever examined the faith of your pastor?  Should you?  How can you be sure they are leading and teaching you God’s truth? Consider the below verses as you discuss.

Read the following and please read the full passage in the Bible to check the context of each.

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV)

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV)

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” (Mark 13:22 ESV)

 

Read Galatians 1:8-9 (ESV) “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”

20. How do you think God feels about false teaching?

Read 2 Timothy 4:3 (ESV) “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions”

21. Take an honest and hard look at the past four church services you have attended where your pastor preached. Go back to your notes and list what the topics were and what your main take-away was.

22. Were you interested in what your pastor had to say and did you feel good after the message? Did he give you sound advice on how to be a better person, or did you leave feeling convicted with a desire to spread the gospel to others and sacrifice your comforts for the good of the Cross?

23. How can you know for sure if a person is teaching false truths?

24. List some areas in which your church is bearing good fruit.

25. Where do you feel is the fine line between wanting to make the church attractive to non-believers and going overboard in making the whole thing a slick “ear-tickling” production?

Individual and Group prayer for the week:

Pray that God would protect your heart, mind, and body from evil and from any plans Satan has to distract you. Pray that God would help grow your faith. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and ask for wisdom to discern His will.

Verse to memorize this week:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Timothy 4:3 ESV)

Verse to meditate on this week:

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” (Mark 13:22 ESV)

Undomesticating God Session 1 with Show Notes

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Show Notes for Week 1:

Consider this scenario: You’re hiking with your husband and your kid. There is a sharp drop off to the right. Some rocks slip and your husband and kid start to fall. You are able to grab both of their hands. They are now both hanging below you as you struggle to pull them both back up. You only have the strength to pull one of them back to safety or all will perish. What do you do?

Study Guide Questions:

1. What are the things outside of your normal bills that you like to spend your money on? Clothing, vacation, your kids? Take a quick look at your hobbies and pleasures in life that cost money and jot those down.

2. Would you consider yourself to be a people-pleaser? Why?

3. Do you find some of your value in helping others?

4. How do you feel when someone won’t let you help them?

5. Describe the last time you allowed someone to help you?

6. How did it make you feel to let someone help you?

7. How do you think it made the person who helped you feel?

8. Describe Generation Z? Do you know any?

9. How do you think God feels about Generation Z?

10. Share a time in your life when you got lost as a child? Describe how you felt.

11. Describe how you felt once you were found.

12. What main points stood out to you from Jen’s Testimony?

13. What do you think “fruits of salvation” means?

 

Read Matthew 7:21-23 ESV

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord,’’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’’ And then will I declare to them, ‘‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’’

14. Share your thoughts on Matthew 7:21-23 above.

Read all of Luke 5:1-11
1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

15. Why do you think Simon (Peter) wanted Jesus to go away from him in verse 8?

16. What specifically caused Simon to realize Jesus is God?

17. What was their response to Jesus in verse 11? What exactly did they leave behind?

Imagine you come into a huge inheritance. Or let’s say you get a massive promotion.

18. Would you be able to walk away from everything, including a financial windfall, like they did? Why or why not?

Individual and Group prayer for the week:
Pray that God would help you to understand His will for your life rather than yours. Ask God to provide clarity in hard situations. Ask that He would give you mercy and that you would find grace. Pray that God would fill you with the Holy Spirit and help you to be calm.

Verse to memorize this week:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!” (Romans 1:16 ESV)

Verses to meditate on this week:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord,’’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’’ And then will I declare to them, ‘‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’’ (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

NEXT WEEK:

The Book Club Session Two is on February 23, 2020 at 2pm pacific (3pm mountain, 4pm central, 5pm eastern) on my author page: www.facebook.com/jenosullivanauthor

I hope you can join us! You do not need to have the book to follow along. This is an 8 week series that you can also catch the replays on Facebook or here on my website: http://www.holyjustlove.com
Get more info about this book at: www.31oils.com/UGfree
Week 1 Book winner: Lisa Stockman
To enter for next weeks drawing post your Amazon book review on the title image of this page here: https://tinyurl.com/UGbookreview
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Book Club Session 1 Preview

Screen Shot 2020-02-16 at 8.08.50 AMThe Book Club Session One is today at 2pm pacific (3pm mountain, 4pm central, 5pm eastern) here on my author page: www.facebook.com/jenosullivanauthor
I hope you can join us! You do not need to have the book to follow along. This is an 8 week series that you can also catch the replays on Facebook or on my website: http://www.holyjustlove.com
See you today at 2pm PST!
 
Here are some of the study guide questions if you do not have it so you can get a little prepared for today. You can download the first few chapters at www.31oils.com/UGfree
 
SESSION ONE (Introduction Questions)
 
1. What are the things outside of your normal bills that you like to spend your money on? Clothing, vacation, your kids? Take a quick look at your hobbies and pleasures in life that cost money and jot those down.
 
2. Would you consider yourself to be a people-pleaser? Why?
 
3. Do you find some of your value in helping others?
 
4. How do you feel when someone won’t let you help them?
 
5. Describe the last time you allowed someone to help you?
 
6. How did it make you feel to let someone help you?
 
7. How do you think it made the person who helped you feel?
 
8. Describe Generation Z? Do you know any?
 
9. How do you think God feels about Generation Z?
 
10. Share a time in your life when you got lost as a child? Describe how you felt.
 
11. Describe how you felt once you were found.

Busted!

F7ADB8D3E4136D24AC00E245DF4F65EB.non-draft.96dpiWhen Jacob was in grade school, at the age of eight, he got to experience first hand what mercy and grace meant. It was a summer afternoon and he was out roaming the neighborhood with several of the local kids in the community. They had been friends for a while and liked to explore and generally get into low-grade trouble as kids do. I needed him to come home, so I walked outside to find him. As I was calling his name while walking down the path by our community pool, I heard a noise just above me. I looked up, and to my shock and horror there were the kids, up on the roof of the bathroom building for the pool.

My son was a good climber and he knew the rules, so he was busted, but that fact alone was not what shocked me and filled me with horror at that moment. It was the fact that the older boys allowed the youngest boy, who was only four, to climb up there with them. I ordered them all down at once, in the firmest mom voice I could muster up, and then brought all of them over to sit on the stairs of our front porch. Once seated with their full attention, I let them all have it.

I had been a teacher for many years, so calmly guilt-tripping children into understanding and agreeing with my point was something I was highly skilled at. As I explained to them the error of their ways, the look on their faces told me they understood and were sorry for their actions. The four-year-old could have been killed and they all would have to live with that burden of fault in their hearts forever. They understood it was their responsibility to look after each other and make better choices based on the group rather than their own personal desires.

I told them all to go home, and they all fled like little birds fluttering off into the wind. Seated still, with eyes locked on me, was my own son. He was devastated. He knew there would be more because he was my child and we had been here before. Discipline. It was coming.

I sat down beside him and put my arm around him. I knew he was sorry. He looked up at me with tears in his eyes and whispered again, “I’m sorry mama.” What a blessing that child is to me, even to this day. I gave him a hug and told him he was forgiven. I said, “Let’s go inside, wash up, and I would like to take you out for ice cream.”

The look of shock on his face was priceless. Instead of punishment, he was getting mercy, and instead of discipline, he was getting a reward? How could this be? As we drove to the ice cream shop, I shared with my son what mercy and grace mean. Mercy is not getting punished for something you deserve. Grace is getting something wonderful that you don’t deserve.

Instead of punishment, I forgave him, and gave him a reward. This is counter to how we normally operate. It is counter to how any of us understand how the world works. You do something wrong, you should get punished, not rewarded. That’s the beauty of God’s mercy and grace. It doesn’t make much sense to us humans, but when we experience it first-hand, it is the most wonderful blessing anyone can have.

My son was truly repentant. He fully knew what he had done wrong and he was deeply sorry for it. I could see that plainly. His sad demeanor and downtrodden face, along with his verbal apology was all I needed to know he was truly repentant. Showing him mercy and grace at that moment was, in my opinion, a good place to give him a glimpse of God’s great mercy and grace that He has for His children.

From the book “Undomesticating God” by Jen O’Sullivan www.31oils.com/UGfree

Undomesticating God Book Set

Screen Shot 2020-01-31 at 9.35.16 PMThe “Undomesticating God” book set is now available! What an incredible process of growth and reflection this has been for me. My prayer is that it blesses you in many ways!

You can go to www.31oils.com/UGfree to download free content and order each book on Amazon or simply search Undomesticating God.
Here are the individual links:
Please let me know what you think! This is a very personal project for me and I appreciate all of you who have been on this specific journey with me!! THANK YOU!

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