At what times does God’s great power comfort you? At what times does God’s great power cause you to tremble?
In what way(s) does the incarnation lend credence to God’s power? Or, to put it another way, how is the incarnation a demonstration of the power of God?
How was God’s power revealed or demonstrated prior to the creation of man? If God has always inherently possessed such power as Pink describes, then how was such power made manifest? To whom was it made manifest?
Part I: We know and serve a holy God. List ways that Scripture interacts God’s holiness with our sanctification and growth.
Part II: It is often too common these days to see people take God rather lightly in their approach to Him. We often treat Jesus as the Lamb and God as our Friend rather than Jesus being the Lion of Judah. Do you notice an ‘easiness’ in your approach to God in prayer and in your struggle with sin? Do you think that we should have a more awe/fearful reverence in prayer and living out our lives as believers (e.g., Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 and Matthew 10:28)? Suggest ways that God’s holiness should impact our lives so that we glorify God with them.
Part I: The Puritan Stephen Charnock was quoted as saying “Power is God’s hand or arm, omniscience His eye, mercy His bowels, eternity His duration, but holiness is His beauty.” In what way(s) is God’s Word an echo of the beauty of His holiness and in what way(s) is it a communication of His holiness?
Part II: When we ponder verses like the vision of Isaiah in Isaiah 6:1-7 and Moses’ request in Exodus 33:17-23, we consider the beatific vision (beholding visually the glory of God). We know that on this side of eternity, that only Jesus has ever seen God (John 1:18, 6:46). We read verses like Matthew 5:8, 1 John 3:2 and Revelation 21:22-22:5 and think about life after death. Will we behold God in all His glory? Will that which has been veiled to human beings for all of eternity finally be unveiled to Christ’s people after they are glorified? Will we visibly see every person of the Trinity or just Jesus?
*Disclaimer – Not trying to open a can of worms….just thinking about the beatific vision and this came to mind. Thought it would be interesting to discuss and us to think about in personal meditation.
Part I: Describe how God’s holiness is in every part of the gospel: man’s unregenerate state, God’s work through the person and work of Christ, and the regenerate man’s life.
Part II: Describe how God’s holiness is intimately tied in with eschatology and His glory.
This question might be a stretch for the immutability discussion but I’ll ask it anyways because I’m interested to see what you have to say… and because this is where my brain went after thinking through the previous question. Given the same Pink quote “To ask for anything contrary to his will is not prayer, but rank rebellion” and 1 John 5:14, how do you reconcile this with 1 Timothy 2:4. Does this mean all we have to do is ask? We know that God passes over some while choosing others. How can we make sense of this?
At the end of the third paragraph from the end Pink states “To ask for anything contrary to his will is not prayer, but rank rebellion”. How should we respond to this given 1 John 5:14 and the fact that we have unanswered prayers?
If God is immutable and “His purpose never alters”, what hope does someone have who’s life is headed down the wrong path? How is this a comforting doctrine to a non-christian?
Below is the proposed chapter with date questions are due to be posted (get them to me before via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org) and person assigned to each chapter.
Chapter 7 – September 23, 2011 – Drew
Chapter 8 – September 30, 2011 – Jeremy
Chapter 9 – October 7, 2011 – Ryan
Chapter 10 – October 14, 2011 – Jason
Chapter 11 – October 21, 2011 – Justin
Chapter 12 – October 28, 2011 – Drew
Chapter 13 – November 4, 2011 – Jeremy
Chapter 14 – November 11, 2011 – Ryan
Chapter 15 – November 18, 2011 – Jason
Chapter 16 – November 25, 2011 – Justin
Chapter 17 – December 2, 2011 – Drew